Dear donors.We are pleased to report that we are resuming the work with our environmental program, "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest."The "A Day in the Rainforest" program takes students from schools and citizens from communities of Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a scenic road and trail, to spend a day in the forest, an unfamiliar environment for almost all. The project prepares students and visitors before visiting with lectures about the local Environment History and about what they will find during the trip. We also rent a bus to transport visitors.We live in a region that was originally covered by 95% forest.Today there are little more than 5%, which has already caused almost irreparable damage to the Ecosystem. Here and in much of Brazil the room temperature is much higher than it used to be and it rains a lot less than it rained a few years ago. And what is more frightening is that the change was very rapid.The visit of young people and community members from the city allows them to realize the importance of the forests to control the room temperature, for the production of water and the preservation of local biodiversity. They begin to understand the current lack of the forests and the urgent need to reforest this entire region and country. They can also see our proposal of Agroforestry reforesting, where it is possible to associate planting trees, palm trees and fruit trees and make good money doing this, producing good quality wood, and many different agroforestry products such as heart of palm, medicinal products, ornamental plants, and many others.We believe it is the only way to convince traditional farmers to change their today impossible to maintain farming methods to others where the Environment, water and shade are prioritities.The group that came this time are students of a course in computer recycling and recovery of electronic waste. Urban people with almost no previous contact with Nature in a wood.Look at the pictures and see how "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest" is.We have another group of approximately 25 members from a Valença neighborhood to visit us tomorrow, September 4th. I will send photos of this other group when I have them.Once again I would like to thank you for your support and donations that allow all this to happen.Thank you very much.Roberto Lamego
Dear donors of the project "Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil".
As I said in the last report the educational part of this project is not occurring because of my medical problems, but the plantations at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary continues to run and this year we planted around 800 seedlings of palm trees, fruit trees and various hardwoods.
And we have already ordered another 800 seedlings from our supplier to be planted at the end of the year when the rains will start again.
Here you will see the acquisition of these seedlings and their delivery at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Our mountain forest has very large biodiversity and a main importance as it is one of the last big remains of the Atlantic Rainforest in this region.
Because of this we have constantly teams from Rio de Janeiro State University and from the National Museum doing research on the area. At this moment we have a team studying bats, (more than 40 species already found) and another one researching plant parasites.
Please see attached pictures of a young Tropical Rat Snake, Spilotes pullatus, Caninana in Portuguese. These snakes can reach more than 2 meters.
This is another reason to continue our project although I cannot be present there all times.
I am negotiating with GlobalGiving about the best course for this project since I would not like to have it retired from the GlobalGiving site.
Wish me well and good health and thank you again for your support.
This Project Update 2 is just to post pictures of the new Visitors Centre that is now finished and that was built in part with grants from the 2011 NEUTROGENA prize.
The Visitor Centre is composed in the first floor of one open saloon, a support room, a small bathroom and a big kitchen and on the second floor we have a broad and spacious room that can be used for lectures, projections and to lodge people when necessary.
We have also built in these new facilities a warehouse, another room and two leisure spaces, one under a tree.
As you will see we have now plenty of room to receive our guests and students for lectures, courses and more than one day activities.
Again I have to thank you all for making the construction of these buildings possible.
I am very pleased to announce that the construction of our new Visitor Centre, which was built in part with grants from the 2011 NEUTROGENA prize, is ready and it became very beautiful building as you can see in the pictures that follow attached.
With this new center can receive students and visitors with much more quality and comfort, allowing a much more pleasant visit to the Concordia Sierra Wildlife Sanctuary. New benches and tables were also made to better accommodate our visitors.
You will see a slideshow with the pictures of the first group of students, parents and teachers who visited us recently and we have already used the new facilities.
Please click on the arrow on the right to see the photos of students, teachers and parents from Municipal School of Maria Gloria Giffoni, Valença, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, participating of a Ecological Trail in Atlantic Rainforest at the Concordia Sierra Wildlife Sanctuary.
However the work still continue as we are using these workers who built the Visitor Center to repair and fix the access road that was badly damaged and spoiled with the passage of many trucks that carried the materials for the construction of these facilities. As this is a mountain road we must protect it as much as we can to prevent the erosion that are caused by the torrential rains that we have every year and are a serious risk to road.
We also build a new gate.
The Agroforestry plantings of this year are over and we could plant something like 500 seedlings of palm, fruit trees and different kinds of woods.
I would like to thank again all your donations that make all this possible.
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