Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil

 
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The bus arrives at school.
The bus arrives at school.

Dear donors and project friends,

Project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues to take students to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and to participate of the environmental education course “A Day in the Forest”. It is always a pleasure for us to offer these unique forest trekking that takes students out of their classrooms and gives them and their teachers a wonderful possibility to see Nature closely visiting a protected forest and also the agro-forestry 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 some important specimens of Brazilian wildlife.

Please see pictures of these schools here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GlobalGivingUpdateMay2011?authkey=Gv1sRgCN33g6uG_N3DCg#

I want to thank you all sincerely for your contributions and support and say that these donations are essential for our work and they keep us moving forward and spreading the sustainable development possibilities ideas that can change our communities and countries.

Thank you again and all the best,

Roberto Lamego

On the trail.
On the trail.
Talking to the students.
Talking to the students.
Inside the forest. Teacher speaking to students.
Inside the forest. Teacher speaking to students.
Most of the students never visited a forest.
Most of the students never visited a forest.
The forest.
The forest.
The old Mango tree.
The old Mango tree.
The group preparing to walk back to the bus.
The group preparing to walk back to the bus.

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:

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
See the happiness of our visitors
See the happiness of our visitors

Dear donors and project friends, The project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues to take local students to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and to participate of the environmental education course “A Day in the Forest”. Please see some attached photos of the last group. For us it is always a pleasure to be able to do these walks and to have this wonderful and unique possibility to take students to visit our forest and the farm’s agroforestry demonstration areas. As you already know, for most of these students it is the first time they visit a forest and I can say that it is an unforgettable experience and I am sure that after this excursion they will have a much better understanding of the environment and the need of forests to maintain the water sources. You can see through their faces how much they like it. We continue the agroforestry systems experiments and the plants and trees are growing nicely, due the very good rain season we had this year. The dry season approaches and with the irrigation system we have now it will be possible to irrigate all the new plants that suffer very much during the dry period. This year we have planted again more than 2000 seedlings of trees, palm tree and fruit trees. I would like to say that without you support none of this would be possible and I am very grateful to all of you. Thank you. All the best, Roberto

On the trail
On the trail
A Day in the Forest ecological tour
A Day in the Forest ecological tour
Group at the entrance of the Wildlife Sanctuary
Group at the entrance of the Wildlife Sanctuary
It is the first time they visit a forest
It is the first time they visit a forest
On the trail we can discuss with them
On the trail we can discuss with them
A trail in the forest
A trail in the forest
The road to the Wildlife Sanctuary
The road to the Wildlife Sanctuary
For the teachers it is also a great experience
For the teachers it is also a great experience
A bath on the creek before coming back
A bath on the creek before coming back
The filming crew
The filming crew

Dear project donors and friends, last December, we had the visit of a film making team from Canada, working for Lato Sensu Productions that is preparing a documentary series entitled "Architects of change". As I said in the last project update, I was invited to participate in this series that has the aim to explain and highlight the possible solutions to many different environmental and social issues, through the examples of people and experiences that already apply sustainable development principles in their daily lives and work. They expect that these examples will give hope for the future and encourage other people to do something of their own to try to change and improve their lives and communities. Please visit this site to have a better idea of the project: http://www.filmsdocumentaires.com/portail/artisans.html. As this is the second series of documentaries, you can also see on this site, who has accepted the invitation for the first series: http://artisansduchangement.latosensu.tv/. For us it was an unique opportunity to be able to participate in this series and to have our projects chosen to be shown and broadcasted in France (TV5-Monde, Ushuaia TV) and Canada (Radio-Canada and TFO) and to know that talks are under way with Discovery Channel and NHK Japan as well as UNESCO. It was also a fantastic experience to follow, produce and work with this team of professional Canadian filmmakers. We will see these new series of documentaries in the beginning of 2011. Please see attached photos of the filming. We are preparing to start our field operations for 2010 with the local schools and as echo of the interest the “Day in the Forest” ecological guided tour in the city of Valença, it is possible that we will obtain some support from the Secretary of Education in order to establish a partnership with them to take this program to more schools in different parts of the County. The plantation season is almost over and we planted again some 2000 trees, palm trees and fruit trees, half of then bought with GlobalGiving donations. Thank you all for your support, donations and good wishes that make all this come true and possible. All the best, Roberto

Students on the road
Students on the road
Students, old tree and Canadians
Students, old tree and Canadians

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Project Leader

Roberto Lamego

Technical director
Valença, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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