SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia

SALVEASERRA Our mission is to spread awareness and knowledge of environmental conservation and sustainable development with agroforestry farming techniques, to help rural rehabilitation of very low producing areas and to maintain farmers and their families living and working in their lands. This can be achieved with the introduction of a system of land occupation holistic, self-sustainable, organic, biological, renewable and permanent, balanced with the environment and the economic use of natural resources. As mission we have also to spread the concepts of citizenship and better education in order to achieve superior earnings and quality of life.
Feb 2, 2011

Update January 2011

Dear donors and project friends,

Project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues well and at this moment, as have school holidays, we have interrupted temporarily the “Day in the Forest” environmental education trail course. We will restart mid February. You will see at the links section, a Picasa slideshow and pictures of the last group that visited us.

During this time of the year, the rainy season, it is our planting season and we managed to put to the ground more than a 1500 seedlings of trees, palm trees, fruit trees and coffee plants. Please see the other Picasa slideshow of the 2010/2011 plantations at link 2.

One year ago in December 2010, we received at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary, the visit of a team of Canadian filmmakers that came to film my work for a documentary series called Architects of Change, that is, from their site, Architects of Change is a documentary series, in 10 episodes, that is visiting a new kind of pioneers. They are farmers, chemists, architects, doctors, tradesmen and bankers… These Architects of Change are looking for and practicing innovative solutions which counteract the threats weighing against our future. Far from being political or economical militants, they are, above all, entrepreneurs. They have decided to undertake a new way to have sustainable and lasting growth for mankind and our planet.
Do not miss the new season of Architects of Change and follow the stories of 30 new social entrepreneurs on Ushuaïa TV, RDI, TV5 Monde and TFO. Please visit their site here:
http://www.architectsofchange.tv/.   

        The idea of this documentary series is to film nice stories and show beautiful pictures of good examples of projects that can make a change and that can be multiplied by other people in different parts of the world.   

        It was a great honor and gave me a lot of pride to participate of this documentary series, because, as you will see, many of the other chosen are people very well known worldwide, with enormous reputation (at least two Nobel Prizes) and with very important projects. Our project will appear in an episode called, in French, “Vers une Gestion Durable des Forêts”, or freely, “Towards the Sustainable Management of Forests”. For the moment it is only possible to watch them on TV, but I guess they will be available on DVDs soon. If you can, do not miss the chance to see incredible, beautiful and, most important, feasible ideas and projects. Please see the link 3 for a brief extract of the documentary about the project you are supporting. In French.

I want to thank you sincerely for your donations and support

All the best,

Roberto Lamego, Project Leader.

Links:

Nov 16, 2010

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2010

A new vegetable garden we are following.
A new vegetable garden we are following.

Dear donors and project friends,

In this new November project report you will see that our project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" is advancing and we are already bringing important progress in our community. As you know, we have difficulties to find families that want and need improvements in their vegetable gardens. We are working with a new home vegetable garden, as you will see in some attached pictures. The partnership with Valença County municipality to implement vegetable gardens in the municipal schools stopped because as I said before, the Mayor was obliged to leave his office for legal reasons, and we did not have elections so far. This part of our project will have to wait a little. We really want to start it again because it can be very useful to improve, ameliorate and enrich the school’s kitchens that provide essential meals to students. In many schools there is plenty of space where to make good vegetable gardens, as you will also see in some photos I joined of a new school where are starting to work with our other GlobalGiving project, “Tree and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil”. This month we finished the building a new greenhouse for Mr. Antonio dos Santos and he can now start a new small business of producing different kinds of saplings of trees, fruit trees, palm trees, spices, flowers and garden plants. Attached you will see pictures of the new tree nursery. Please see a Photo Album and play the slideshow here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/AntonioSTreeNursery?feat=email#. As I always say, I am sure that these small investments that offer a chance, preserve nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the living of many Third World citizens. Thank you very much for your help and donations that make all this possible. I am very grateful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions and who knows some day some of you can come visit us?

Thank you again for this support,

Roberto.

A view of the vegetable garden.
A view of the vegetable garden.
Denise, explaining some technique to the gardener.
Denise, explaining some technique to the gardener.
Another view of the garden
Another view of the garden
We have projects in this school in Valença city.
We have projects in this school in Valença city.
School kitchen and students meal.
School kitchen and students meal.
One of the cooks.
One of the cooks.
Free space at school where they can have a garden.
Free space at school where they can have a garden.
Unoccupied land at this school.
Unoccupied land at this school.
Antonio had this tree nursery
Antonio had this tree nursery
We built a new one. Delivering the covering tissue
We built a new one. Delivering the covering tissue
Starting to cover the tree nursery.
Starting to cover the tree nursery.
The whole family helped in the construction.
The whole family helped in the construction.
The tree nursery is ready and with plenty of room.
The tree nursery is ready and with plenty of room.
Antonio moved his seedlings to the new nursery.
Antonio moved his seedlings to the new nursery.
We are now working to improve this home garden.
We are now working to improve this home garden.

Links:

Oct 11, 2010

Update October 2010

Students arriving for "A Day in the Forest" trail
Students arriving for "A Day in the Forest" trail

Dear donors and project friends,

I would like to say that project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues to spread its environmental activities and policies in Valença County and surroundings and to take local students and others to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary where they participate of an environmental education course “A Day in the Forest”. For us it is always a pleasure to offer to the community these forests trails trekking that gives students and teachers a wonderful and unique possibility to see Nature closely by visiting a well protected forest and also the farm's agroforestry demonstration areas. For most of these students it is the first time they visit a forest and it is for sure an unforgettable experience. After this day in the woods they will have a much better understanding of the environment and of the urgent need to keep these areas preserved in order to maintain the water sources and important parts of Brazilian wildlife. These last two groups were of older students so we could have a deeper discussion on several environmental issues. In the first of these groups some journalists from the local newspaper came along the trail and we had a very nice article about our work on the weekly paper. Please see pictures of these groups here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GGUpdate092010Schools?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKtpuHDr_-SWg

The agroforestry systems experiments did not suffer very much this year of very dry and hot weather, because we irrigated great part of our trees and the rainy season came early this year. The danger of fire is gone. This year we are planning to plant some 3000 seedlings of trees, palm tree and fruit trees. As we still do not produce all the seedlings we need we will have to buy 2000 with the project donations.

Last month we received a group of 30 M.Sc. students in a Professional Organic Agriculture degree, sponsored by Federal Rural University and EMBRAPA Agrobiologic Research Center, that came to visit our agroforestry research center, the CETAR, Regional Agroforestry Technology Center, and see and study the already 10 years old partnership experiments that we have with EMBRAPA, the Brazilian Government Agriculture Research Office in our forests, in planting 3 different agroforestry systems models. Please see pictures of this visit here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GGUpdate092010EMPRAPAVisitors?authkey=Gv1sRgCPWO95Lj0sTDag

I want to thank you all sincerely for your donations and support and say these help us a lot do our work and to keep on moving forward, spreading the sustainable development possibilities and ideas that can change our communities and countries.

Thank you again and all the best,

Roberto Lamego, Project Leader

Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctary entrance
Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctary entrance
On the trail
On the trail
Under the big and very old Mango tree
Under the big and very old Mango tree
They can not resist and many climb this tree
They can not resist and many climb this tree
A break near the mountain stream
A break near the mountain stream
The first group preparing to leave
The first group preparing to leave
This is the second group that visited the area
This is the second group that visited the area
A stop to watch the landscape
A stop to watch the landscape
Arriving at the Wildlife Sanctuary
Arriving at the Wildlife Sanctuary
Exploring nature
Exploring nature
Students visiting the tree nursery
Students visiting the tree nursery
Students visiting agroforestry experiment
Students visiting agroforestry experiment
Another view of agroforestry experiment
Another view of agroforestry experiment
Coming back from the stream
Coming back from the stream
Second group preparing to leave
Second group preparing to leave
MSc. students arriving to visit Wildlife Sanctuary
MSc. students arriving to visit Wildlife Sanctuary
First stop to see and study the landscape
First stop to see and study the landscape
EMBRAPA researchers, teachers and their students
EMBRAPA researchers, teachers and their students
Let
Let's climb and see from the top of this hill
Going up
Going up
On the top
On the top
In a pasture where a magnificent forest exited
In a pasture where a magnificent forest exited
Explaining agroforestry planting systems
Explaining agroforestry planting systems
On the trail again
On the trail again
Visiting low cost tree nursery
Visiting low cost tree nursery
Palm trees planted in agroforestry experiment
Palm trees planted in agroforestry experiment
10 years ago Embrapa planted these 3500 trees
10 years ago Embrapa planted these 3500 trees
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