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 26, 2014

Project update April 2014.

Pick up loaded with saplings.
Pick up loaded with saplings.

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.

Roberto Lamego

More seedlings.
More seedlings.
Renato, the greenhouse owner and me.
Renato, the greenhouse owner and me.
Ready to go.
Ready to go.
On the road to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the road to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlife Sanctuary base.
Wildlife Sanctuary base.
Our greenhouse.
Our greenhouse.
Counting the seedlings.
Counting the seedlings.
The first delivery. Another load next week.
The first delivery. Another load next week.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Young Spilotes pullatus, Tropical Rat Snake.
Young Spilotes pullatus, Tropical Rat Snake.
Feb 26, 2014

Project report February 2014

Dear donors of the Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil project.

I have postponed this conversation with you since last year but now I cannot delay it anymore because it will explain the reason that this project is on hold at this time.

In May 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer in the liver which radically changed my life because I had to start a serious treatment against the disease.

In August I was operated and I had to move to Rio de Janeiro, where I have to spend 20 days per month for chemotherapy, one every 15 days. I still have to go through another surgery in March or April.

I feel good, no major physical problems, the treatments are working, and I hope to recover soon. But one never knows how long it will take.

For this reason it has not been possible to develop the "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" project as I did for so many years. Just to remember we intend to move this project to a larger project of Permaculture this year.

This is the reason I have not submitted new project reports.

At this moment I am negotiating with GlobalGiving about the best course for this project since I do not want to have it retired from the GlobalGiving site.

Wish me well and thank you for your understanding.

Roberto Lamego

Aug 8, 2013

Project Update August 2013

Filling evapotranspiration basin with fine grit
Filling evapotranspiration basin with fine grit

Dear donors.

As I said in the last report our project Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil is still in a transition phase to the new theme were we will work primarily with Permaculture.
For now we are practicing different permaculture methods and trying out various technologies. We used some of them at the construction of the new Visitor Center at the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.

Please see here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-vegetable-gardens-for-families-in-brazil/updates/

The evapotranspiration basin building we showed in the last report was completed and is now in operation as you will see in the attached pictures that follow. (Please see the previous updates to follow the steps of this construction).

These basins are filled with several layers of different materials: large rubble, fine grit, earth and good soil.

We also made some benches with the superadobe technique that you will see in the photos we are sending.

I hope that we can decide with GlobalGiving if we can continue this project with these new items or we if we will have to discontinue it and come to an end to initiate a new one.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto

PS 1: Please see here what we do in our other GlobalGiving Project: Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil - 

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-brazil-rainforest/


 

Basin filled with earth and filtering net.
Basin filled with earth and filtering net.
More earth.
More earth.
Filling evapotranspiration basin with fine grit
Filling evapotranspiration basin with fine grit
Superadobe bag.
Superadobe bag.
Filling the bag.
Filling the bag.
Compacting the earth in the bag.
Compacting the earth in the bag.
Several layers of bags filled with earth.
Several layers of bags filled with earth.
Ready.
Ready.
Superadobe benches in another place.
Superadobe benches in another place.
New leisure place.
New leisure place.
Two superadobe benches.
Two superadobe benches.
Several layers used in superadobe constructions.
Several layers used in superadobe constructions.
Superadobe bench and me.
Superadobe bench and me.
 
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