Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil

 
$109,157
$90,843
Raised
Remaining
Nov 14, 2012

Project update November 2012.

Another group of students on the trail.
Another group of students on the trail.

Dear donors,

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:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/VisitorCenterStepByStep?authkey=Gv1sRgCNy35Y_Ik525TA&feat=email

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:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheAtlanticRainforestMunicipalSchoolReginaCoeliAmorimCambotaValencaBrazil?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGTu-Po96mDSg&feat=email

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.

Roberto Lamego

21 students, 3 teachers and Katya from SALVEASERRA
21 students, 3 teachers and Katya from SALVEASERRA
A rainy day. Going into the clouds.
A rainy day. Going into the clouds.
Katya lecturing students.
Katya lecturing students.
Teachers rarely came to visit a forest.
Teachers rarely came to visit a forest.
Students on the Rainforest trail.
Students on the Rainforest trail.
First thing they do is eat their lunch.
First thing they do is eat their lunch.
Teacher and students at the tree nursery.
Teacher and students at the tree nursery.
Tree nursery and students.
Tree nursery and students.
Students, the forest and the water.
Students, the forest and the water.
Group visiting ruins ancient coffee farm.
Group visiting ruins ancient coffee farm.
Sheltering from the rain in new Visitors Center.
Sheltering from the rain in new Visitors Center.
The group from Municipal School of Valenca, RJ.
The group from Municipal School of Valenca, RJ.
Tree saplings ready to be planted.
Tree saplings ready to be planted.
Jul 22, 2012

Project update July 2012

Beginning of the construction of Visitor Center.
Beginning of the construction of Visitor Center.

Dear donors,

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.

I hope you enjoy our recent work, pictures and presentations and please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego

A few months latter.
A few months latter.
Lecture given to a secondary school.
Lecture given to a secondary school.
Katya, SALVEASERRA president and teachers.
Katya, SALVEASERRA president and teachers.
Attentive students.
Attentive students.
Attentive students.
Attentive students.
Going to "A Day in the Forest"
Going to "A Day in the Forest"
Rainforest trail.
Rainforest trail.
Cambota community visits Wildlife Sanctuary.
Cambota community visits Wildlife Sanctuary.
Slackline for youngsters.
Slackline for youngsters.
Trees for older ones. Mrs. Maria is 81 years old.
Trees for older ones. Mrs. Maria is 81 years old.
Apr 10, 2012

Addition to last March project update.

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.

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheForestForMunicipalSchoolFernandoOCastroValencaRioDeJaneiroBrazil?authkey=Gv1sRgCIvjk5Xg5-WGag

And please be sure that all this is possible only because of your donations.

Thank you very much.

Roberto Lamego

Links:

Mar 27, 2012

Project update March 2012

Old house.
Old house.

Dear donors.

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

Total: $44.156

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.

Roberto Lamego 

New house.
New house.
Old visitor centre.
Old visitor centre.
Inside old visitor centre.
Inside old visitor centre.
Visitor Center will be here. House in the back.
Visitor Center will be here. House in the back.
New Center will be 10 metres X 9.5 metres.
New Center will be 10 metres X 9.5 metres.
Students from Varginha school.
Students from Varginha school.
Preparing to go to A Day in the Forest ecotekking.
Preparing to go to A Day in the Forest ecotekking.
Videos and films to show the environment.
Videos and films to show the environment.
Sandra. School director.
Sandra. School director.
Our vegetable garden project will begin one here.
Our vegetable garden project will begin one here.
2012 Walk in the Nature event. 12 km. 67 walkers.
2012 Walk in the Nature event. 12 km. 67 walkers.
2012 Walk in the Nature event.
2012 Walk in the Nature event.
In a hot day a good shower. The mountain stream.
In a hot day a good shower. The mountain stream.
A photo before walking back the trail.
A photo before walking back the trail.
Tree nursery project gave one to Antonio.
Tree nursery project gave one to Antonio.
This project brought 167 saplings from him.
This project brought 167 saplings from him.
Antonio
Antonio's saplings going to Wildlife Sanctuary.
Tree nursery. We produced many and bought 1100.
Tree nursery. We produced many and bought 1100.
These will be planted late this year.
These will be planted late this year.
Dec 7, 2011

Project report. December 2011.

Here students come close to nature.
Here students come close to nature.

Dear donors.

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.

Roberto Lamego

Ruins of old coffee farm aqueduct.
Ruins of old coffee farm aqueduct.
Students preparing to leave Wildlife Sanctuary.
Students preparing to leave Wildlife Sanctuary.
Slideshow for school going to "Day in the Forest"
Slideshow for school going to "Day in the Forest"
Lecture in another school.
Lecture in another school.
Students listen attentively.
Students listen attentively.
First lot of 500 tree seedlings.
First lot of 500 tree seedlings.
Coffee seedling for agroforestry plantation.
Coffee seedling for agroforestry plantation.
Three species Palm trees for this year plantation.
Three species Palm trees for this year plantation.
Ministry of Agriculture agroforest experiment.
Ministry of Agriculture agroforest experiment.
3500 trees of different species planted in 2000.
3500 trees of different species planted in 2000.
Mesuring experiment parcels and counting trees.
Mesuring experiment parcels and counting trees.

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Project Leader

Roberto Lamego

Technical director
Valença, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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