Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action

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Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action
Battle scars after a LOT of heavy lifting
Battle scars after a LOT of heavy lifting

 

Dear wonderful donors and partners,

We hope you are all doing well and staying away from covid?

This week we have another couple of interesting news items to share with you, and once again neither of them would have happened without your ongoing support to our forestry project. Thank you, thank you!

Let’s start at the beginning. If it wasn’t for your support, we wouldn't be planting trees on isolated farms. And we wouldn’t be needing every conceivable vehicle at our disposal (and then more,) to get them there.  So, as you can imagine, over years of heroic service, every Iracambi Land Rover has acquired its unique collection of scars and bruises. Which is why we’re now entering a competition to win a new one – please wish us luck! Voting is open to the public, so we'll keep you posted, and, if we're among the finalists, we’ll be asking for your help!

Meanwhile down in the forest nursery, next season's baby trees are looking super healthy, and nursery manager Deivid is very happy with the first crop of seedlings that are flourishing on the on-farm nurseries. Fingers crossed that we don't experience any extreme weather events – some of our colleagues in the state of São Paulo (around 500 km south of here,) recently lost a lot of their seedlings to five straight days of frost.

And now for the second news item. We are delighted to introduce our new nursery assistant, Averaldo. He, too, is a member of the local community who has recently discovered a real talent for working in the nursery. Welcome, Averaldo!

Not only do we have a new nursery assistant, we also have a new program coordinator -  Luiz. He´ll be joining us in a couple of months when he has finished up on his current job. We'll tell you more about him when he arrives, but here’s a newsflash. Luiz has fallen in love with the Serra do Brigadeiro mountains, and recently bought a piece of land adjacent to our new reforestry site. (This all happened completely independently of the job offer, but it has to be a good sign!) We are so happy to have a solid core of foresters in place before the planting season starts in October/November.

And finally for an item of housekeeping. We're busy scanning a bunch of receipts for larger expenses like salaries and items of nursery equipment. Every purchase we make comes with an official receipt for tax purposes, and, as you may suppose, not every supplier is eager to provide them…. We'll enclose them in our next letter. But we wanted you to see a little of where your money goes.

So many thanks for all your support, and we'll talk soon. (And, if we're among the finalists for a new car, we'll let you know right away!)

With love and appreciation from the Iracambi Forestry Team


PS Did you notice the carbon counter on our website?

Loading up the seedlings
Loading up the seedlings
Averaldo - new nursery assistant
Averaldo - new nursery assistant
Baby trees for 2021
Baby trees for 2021
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Cresol and Iracambi protecting water together
Cresol and Iracambi protecting water together

Dear wonderful donors and partners,

We hope you are all doing well and staying away from covid?

This week we have a couple of interesting news items to share with you, because neither of them would have happened without your ongoing support to our forestry project. Thank you, thank you!

Let's start with the name of our project. Forests4Water. Last week we had an ecstatic contact from one of the local farmers Rosilene. She wanted us to know that, thanks to our reforestry efforts, her spring which had completely dried up, is running again. And – we are in the middle of the dry season!

We can't attach a video to this letter but here is a screenshot from the video she sent.

And yes, this is the object of the reforestation project – protect and restore water resources. But it’s so exciting when we can show the results!

Now for the second news item. In a small community like this, news travels fast, and for some time we’ve been attempting to create partnerships with local business and raise awareness over the importance of protecting the extraordinary forest in which we are lucky enough to live. It’s a slow process, particularly in view of other priorities such as covid, lockdowns and economic downturns. So we were especially happy to host a visit from nineteen staff members of the local cooperative bank which has decided to put its money where its mouth is and take active steps to offset their carbon footprint.

Since our mountains and forests shelter an important watershed that directly serves thousands of downstream water users, protecting water sources is an important place to start.  So we spent a happy day showing them the Iracambi campus, taking them on a forest trail, and explaining the nuts and bolts of reforestry. We then took them to visit a neighboring property where they were able to understand the critical importance of protecting water resources, and also see the spring that they are in the process of adopting. 

We are so excited to see the growing interest among the local business community of the importance of ecosystem restoration and we look forward to raising more awareness and recruiting more partners. Nothing succeeds like success! 

So once again, we want to send you a big thank you for your help and support. We'll keep you posted. 

With love and appreciation from the Iracambi Forestry Team.

PS In response to a pointed comment from that group, we are installing a carbon counter on our website!

PPS We've also been busy interviewing for the post of project coordinator. We had a lot of interest and in our next letter we´ll introduce you to the newest member of the team.....  .

Gen Z (and others) for the environment!
Gen Z (and others) for the environment!
Discovering our forest trails
Discovering our forest trails
Planting on Rosilene's forest
Planting on Rosilene's forest
Rosilene's spring
Rosilene's spring
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Alfredo preparing seeds
Alfredo preparing seeds

Dear donors and partners,

We hope you are well, and for those of you currently experiencing heat waves, we send cooling breezes from the forest.

As we continue our work of seed collection, nursery expansion and caring for the crop of seedlings that we are readying for the planting season in October/November, parts of the world are suffering from record heatwaves. The Pacific Northwest of the US has been experiencing temperatures 20C higher than normal. Pavement is buckling, trolley car cables are melting, wildfires are breaking out, snows are melting. Temperatures this week hit record highs across Europe and even into the Arctic Circle.

The climate won't wait! Which is why we are redoubling our efforts to scale up our planting. Do more and better. Hire a new forestry coordinator. Keep spreading the word through our education courses.

Planting trees by itself won't solve the climate crisis. Global citizens need to come together to curb emissions, modify our consumption and spending habits, and start the great clean up– employing nature based solutions while there is still time.

Nature based solutions. What are they and how do they affect the climate?

Sustainably managing and restoring damaged ecosystems. So, whether its food security, climate change, water security, human health, disaster risk or economic development, nature can help us find a way.

The most cost-effective, most efficient, most scalable way of cleaning up carbon from our atmosphere is through planting trees. And growing numbers of people across the world are getting the message. 

Here at Iracambi, and thanks to your amazing support, we´re on the case. And as you can see, we've spent the past couple of weeks on intensive seed collection in the forest. As you know, this is only the beginning of the tree journey - collecting, identifying, sorting, cleaning and then germinating and planting. 

A nature-based solution. And we´re doing it together. Thank you! 

 with love from Alfredo, Deivid, Averaldo and the Iracambi Tree Planters. 

Carload of seeds
Carload of seeds
cleaning the seeds
cleaning the seeds
seeds ready to plant!
seeds ready to plant!
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Fagner's forest nursery
Fagner's forest nursery

Dear donors, 

This week we want to introduce you to one of our local farmers Fagner – who is setting up an on-farm tree nursery under our Forests4Water program.

Fagner is one of the Iracambi family. His mother Carminha used to be the Iracambi Center cook until (with Iracambi encouragement, and with some trepidation on her part,) she branched out and opened her own restaurant. Today she runs a catering business, and even in the midst of covid, she supplies quality food to people in the neighborhood - anything from take out lunches to celebration birthday cakes and outdoor barbecues.  And, equally importantly, she models success to women in the local community.

Fagner is one of Carminha´s sons, and for a time he was in charge of the Iracambi forest nursery. But he really wanted to emulate his mother and set up his own business. So after working with Iracambi’s experimental coffee plot and learning techniques of producing quality coffee, he set up his own business and, as you can see, he made a go of it!

And now he's expanding his business to supply tree seedlings for reforestation, and this week our team worked with him to set up his tree nursery. And that was all in the family too – our Field Coordinator Alfredo is married to Fagner’s sister Thais.

That´s community engagement for you! Success breeds success, and as the word spreads, there´s increasing interest among some of the local farmers in incorporating a small tree nursery into the farm economy. And nursery manager Deivid has a waiting list of famers wanting us to help reforest on their properties.

Between us we really are saving forests and changing lives. Thank you for being such a valued part of it!

with love from Alfredo and the Iracambi team 

PS This week we'll start interviewing for our new Forestry Coordinator. Stay tuned! 

Fagner and his son Kaue
Fagner and his son Kaue
Kaue harvesting coffee
Kaue harvesting coffee
Fagner's quality coffee
Fagner's quality coffee
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Monitoring forest growth
Monitoring forest growth

Good afternoon, dear donors, 

And we hope you are doing well?

In our last letter we took you behind the scenes to show you a little of the nuts and bolts of our forestry program. And today we'd like to tell you what's been happening as the Forests4Water team goes back to the classroom - for a few hours at least! 

Thanks to the generosity of all our wonderful donors, (including you,) as well as the wise counsel of our forestry mentor Venkat, the hard work of our forestry team here at Iracambi, and the opportunity to devote a few hours to expanding our knowledge, our program is growing and improving by leaps and bounds, and we are learning more every day.

As you know, our forestry program involves activities year-round, but from time to time it´s important for us to take time out from work in the nursery and in the field, trade tips and learn from our colleagues in the reforestry world. So yesterday we joined a super interesting workshop given the the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact on using GIS, drones and drone-mounted techniques for forest monitoring. We emerged with our heads spinning, and burning to try our hands at some of the techniques they shared with us. 

In parallel, and during a week when three of the world´s major oil companies have found themselves faced with the necessity of taking a serious stand in terms of curbing emissions, we´re learning all we can about the carbon market, under the guidance of a pro bono consultancy, along with a couple of long -time friends and mentors with vast experience in the field.

And just to complete our happiness, we are today starting a search for a new addition to our forestry team: specifically someone who can manage our data collection and analysis, assist our GIS manager in producing maps and reports, and collaborate with the team in the forest nursery and in the field.

So that´s the news from Iracambi, and we hope you are enjoying our updates on the amazing things that your support is making possible.

Thank you!

Look after yourselves, and we´ll talk soon,

with love from the soon-to-be-expanded forestry team at Iracambi!

3D monitoring of forest layers
3D monitoring of forest layers
Our colleagues: Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact
Our colleagues: Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact

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