CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)

CEMINA ( Communication, Education, Information and Adaptation) is a not- for- profit organization founded in 1990 to empower women and communities through the use of the radio. Over the years CEMINA has created 400 women's radio programs and has been awarded with various prizes. The radio model, created by CEMINA, is considered a social technology and has been disseminated not only in Brazil but in other countries as well. Since 2007, CEMINA has shifted its focus from radio to the capacity building for social start ups and education for adaptation to climate change. One of its main projects is Adapta Sertao ( www.adaptasertao.net) which aim is to develop a social technology that benefits t...
Jul 7, 2015

Painting the Mata Atlantica

celebrating mata atlantica
celebrating mata atlantica

Mata Atlantica is one of the most biodiverse forests in the world.  Located along the cost of Brasil it is also one of the most endangered forests due to the strong urbanization, 70% of the people live in that area. Only 12% per cent of Mata Atlantica exists. Lovers of nature are responsible for the many campaigns and projects to rescue Mata Atlantica. One of the examples is Sinal do Vale, a 250 hectare farm located 50 km out of Rio. There volunteers from all over the world and  children from the local neighborhood join several initiatives connected to preserve the richness of Mata Atlantica through  medicinal plants and special trees that should not dye. At the World Environmental Day, a big action was done with the local school by engaging children.  The trees of Mata Atlantica have been painted in a Mural creating a new are of recreation at the school.

The initiative was put together by Sinal Volunteers directed by the painter Hernan Almiron and supported by the Canisius College students that spent a week at Sinal as part of a learning journey on Resilent Communities.

The experience was very positive and should motivate more gathering of this type to express the love and the commitment  for nature!                                                                                                                    

celebrating mata altlantica 2
celebrating mata altlantica 2
celebrating mata atlantica 3
celebrating mata atlantica 3
Jun 15, 2015

Celebrating Mata Atlantica Day

University student planting a tree
University student planting a tree

In order to celebrate the week of Mata Atlantica, one of the most endangered biomas in the world and also a hot spot for biodiversity, on May 30, Sinal do Vale inaugurated our new tree nursery and reforestation project, led by SINAL resident Ryan Vasseur, with a day of tree planting of native Mata Atlantica trees with a group of students from the Brazilian university, PUC. As a simbolic act Sinal Volunteers and PUC students plant trees. 

 

Sinal is part of a group of environmental organization located at these foothills involved in their programmes of conservation are concerned with this prospect and have reached a consensus that a Rio “Green Belt” is needed to contain the urban encroachment, consolidating the Mountains` buffer area,  protecting the remnant biodiversity of the Atlantic rainforest one of the world`s most critically endangered hotspots. Considering the importance of water resources and cloud formation the mountains offer, this is an ever more important obligation. Each tree planted makes a difference. 

Ryan, a sinal volunteer planting a tree
Ryan, a sinal volunteer planting a tree
Planting trees , a source of life
Planting trees , a source of life
May 22, 2015

Promoting Education of Mata Atlantica

SINAL has a trail network in the APA (Area de Preservação Ambiental) of Petropolis, a federally designated environmental area, which gives SINAL a special status in terms of conservation. Moreover, we are situated in one of the valleys of the municipality of Duque de Caxias, the third most populous city in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, making our location essential for preventing  destruction of the Mata Atlântica by the growing urban encroachment.

SINAL has an extensive nature trail network, providing an opportunity to educate and engage the local underserved communities  in the process of conservation of the Mata Atlântica, one of the most threatened ecosystems of Brazil.  Our trails highlight the native tree and animal species that  we all must work  to preserve. 

With the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro SINAL has identified endengerous species that we must preserve.


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