The new Visitors Centre is almost finished as you will see in the pictures and once ready, it will enormously help the reception of students that come for the environmental and educational “A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest” ecological trekking program. Visitors of our Atlantic Rainforest private protection area, people that come to our place that are interested in the Agroforestry and the Permaculture projects, and tourists will also benefit greatly of our new facilities. Important to remind that this new centre is being built partially with funds provided from GlobalGiving/Neutrogena prize.
Please see this presentation of the construction of this center step by step:
Schools continue to come and we received two during this period. Please slideshow of this visit, where they could visit the Visitors Centre at work:
Rains came back and we are preparing to plant our seedlings. We have a stock of about 1000 in our tree nursery and intend to by some more we Project funds.
You probably don’t know but because of the “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” project with GlobalGiving, I was considered an Architect of Change in 2010, as I was invited to participate of a Canadian/French worldwide TV series, in a program called Artisans du Changement, in English became Architects of Change. Architects of Change: “Is there a way that allows everyone to benefit from our planet's riches without compromising our resources for future generations? The answer has been given by men and women from all four corners of the earth who have succeeded in creating new models for economical development. They have gone new ways to achieve sustainable and lasting growth for mankind and our planet. They are farmers, chemists, architects, doctors, tradesmen and bankers. These Architects of Change are looking for and practicing innovative solutions which counteract the many threats to our future. Far from being political or economical militants, these Architects of Change are, above all, entrepreneurs. Our documentary series will be visiting this new kind of pioneers. They believe in a capitalism that can create social, economic and environmental wealth. They are not the only ones who promote such ideas, but they are the only ones who can prove that their ideas work out in day-to-day life.”
Here their page: http://www.architectsofchange.tv/television-program, my participation: http://www.architectsofchange.tv/television-program/towards-the-sustainable-management-of-forests#4;0 and episode resume: http://www.architectsofchange.tv/television-program/towards-the-sustainable-management-of-forests#0;0.
It was an honor to me to be invited for the series, and have to thank GlobalGiving and donors for all the support you have given me all these years.
I hope you enjoy our recent work, pictures and presentations and please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.
Project “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest” continues its activities and we are very happy to say that the construction of the new Visitors Centre is almost finished as you will see in the pictures we are sending with the report.
The new centre that is being built, partially with funds provided by GlobalGiving/Neutrogena, will enormously help the reception of students that come to attend the environmental and educational “A Day in the Forest” ecological trekking Program, of visitors of our Atlantic Rainforest private protection area and of the people that come interested in the Agroforestry and the Permaculture projects.
Today, all efforts are concentrated in finishing this building.
It’s has been a long way since we started building these new facilities and have men working at our base for one year and one month now, but finally we are finishing. (We built a house before the Visitor Center.)
As we are deep into the mountain and the forest and our road is very steep and wet, I can assure you that delivering building materials to the site during the rainy season was not an easy task.
Please see this presentation of the construction of this center step by step: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487VisitorCenterStepByStep?authkey=Gv1sRgCNy35Y_Ik525TA
Since last report we have received two groups and a lecture was given to a State secondary school, during the World Environment Day activities. Please see attached pictures of the lecture.
The first group that visited the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary was from a school of the Cambota community where we are working since last year and the other group was composed with members of this same neighborhood that where invited by our other GlobalGiving project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" that is working in the same area.
By the way, the vegetable gardens project is presenting to this community a new proposal which is to discuss with the neighborhood their future as citizens and what possible actions can be taken to prepare them for it. This new project is called: The vision of your future. What do you think about it? What can you do about it?
Please see here two slideshows of these visits:
Cambota school: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheForestForReginaCoeliAmorimSchoolFromCambotaNeighborhoodValencaRioDeJane?authkey=Gv1sRgCOyvmYys5ZC7Zg,
Community group: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/CambotaNeighborhoodVisitsConcordiaMountainWildlifeSanctuary?authkey=Gv1sRgCP3Bke6y4NyVYA
On the agroforestry project I have to say that now is the dry period of the year so the all planting is stopped now. Unfortunately this year due to the constructions that occupied all our personnel most of the time we planted less than we pretended. The tree nursery is with a lot of seedlings waiting for the rain that comes at the end of the year to go to the ground.
Dear donor and project friend.
This report is an addition to our recent March project update to show you on a slideshow the last school group that came to the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary to spend “A Day in the Forest”, our ecological guided trail environmental educational program.
Enjoy this mountain tour as the students did.
And please be sure that all this is possible only because of your donations.
Thank you very much.
Project “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest” is happy to share this information with donors and project friends.
With the Neutrogena donation, project 'Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil' surpassed its original funding goal of $60.000, it was considered fully funded.
A new funding goal was needed and the project budget was increased to $200.000 in order to maintain this project in GlobalGiving site and to continue to do the activities listed in the project’s page.
So, “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest” has a new funding goal of $200.000.
This project has already received through GlobalGiving since it started in 2006 around $105,000 and we expect to raise the remaining $95,000 in the next 5 years.
Since this project began we have already spent $37.000 in several activities and there is $24.000 in the bank, as a reserve to be used when needed.
Project’s Budget for 2012 is of $44.000
Build a Visitor Centre: $ 23.255
Equipments and furniture for Visitor Centre: $ 3.488
Bus rental for student’s transportation: $ 5.087
Educational DVDs: $ 1.162
Folders and brochures: $ 1.744
Hire a Permaculture technical advisor: $ 2.441
Saplings: $ 6.976
We are only considering expenses paid with donations funds. Most other project expenses, as salaries, petrol, etc., are paid by SALVEASERRA.
These new donations are already influencing greatly the development of SALVEASERRA - NGO and enlarging its horizons of future activities.
As you know, project has two main objectives that are: 1. The educational “Day in the Forest” ecological trekking, with schools and groups visiting an Atlantic Rainforest protection area and 2. The CETAR Agroforestry project created in 1995 to demonstrate agroforestry systems planting methods.
These donations will make possible to 1. Professionalize our local operations in Valença, Rio de Janeiro State and expand them to two other neighboring counties, Rio das Flores and Barra do Pirai allowing us to increase considerably the number of student we receive every month and 2. Facilitate the creation of a Regional Center of Excellence in Agroforestry, produce more saplings, and increase and ameliorate the plantation areas of trees, palm trees and fruit trees.
These grants will also enable us to produce a good quality educational support material, new brochures and DVDs.
Since last December update we continued our activities but in a slower way, because of students holidays, and as we had to rebuild our little house that was in very bad shape, almost falling and very dangerous for the workers that lived there.
Now we have a new and very nice house, big enough to shelter and house students and visitors while we build the new Visitors Centre, that already started be built.
Please see attached several pictures of the old and new house, the old visitor’s center and construction of new one, of Serra da Concórdia Wildlife Sanctuary visitors, from some students of a new school we are working with and that is going to do the “Day in the Forest” next week, from the 167 saplings this project bought from Antonio, that received a tree nursery from our other GlobalGiving project and from the tree nursery were we produced many and bought 1100 saplings this year.
Please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.
First of all I want to announce that the SALVEASERRA project: “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest”, was the Environment category winner of the 2011 Wave of Change campaign run by the Neutrogena cosmetics company. This was really great and rare opportunity for us and with this big donation we can make plans for the next 4 years, expand our operations to 2 or 3 neighboring counties, receive more groups monthly, hire guides and teachers to help us and provide visitor with information leaflets and DVDs on the Atlantic Rainforest and agroforestry techniques.
With this new donation we can also make plans to increase the reforestation of our areas and the development of the agroforestry demonstration plots. We are planning to plant 5000 trees per year.
Here the Neutrogena campaign site: http://www.neutrogena.com/category/wave%2Bfor%2Bchange.do
We would also like to inform you that from GlobalGiving Gift Card Challenge we are going to receive a bonus grant donation to plant 800 trees in the rainforest of Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctuary.
http://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/?rf=fb. This is the perfect right time because the planting season starts now.
We continue with our activities as you will see in attached pictures and links.
There are pictures of students visiting the Wildlife Sanctuary, of lectures and presentations to prepare new students to participate of the “Day in the Forest” ecological trail, of the acquisition and delivery of seedlings and of a research team from the Ministry of Agriculture inspecting forest experiments plots they have there with us since 2000.
Link 1: Slideshow of a student’s visit to Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. You will also see some pictures of a group of bat researchers that come regularly to our area where they have found more than 30 different species of bats.
Link 2: In this TV video show you will see our deforested mountainous Atlantic Rainforest region during the dry and incendiary period, the Wildlife Sanctuary and a bit of my work. In Portuguese.
Link 3: Newspaper article with interview on agroforestry and organic agriculture. In Portuguese.
As you see, with your help, things are going well and we have great plans for the next years.
Please accept my sincere thanks.
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