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
Trees ready to plant!
Trees ready to plant!

 

Good morning, dear donors,

And we hope you are all doing well?

We have a ton of news for you in this letter. First of all, the rains have come. Thunder, lightning strikes, muddy roads, deafening choruses of frogs and bugs AND ….

Time to get planting.

Our new forestry coordinator Luiz has his first day on the job today. Talk about hitting the ground running. Luckily he has the rest of the team to help him get oriented, and, lucky for us, he is already familiar with the area. In fact, he owns a plot of land adjacent to the forest corridor that we have been constructing for some years, and he is keen to reforest some of his land.  And of course he comes with years of experience in forest restoration, so there'll be plenty of learnings all round.

Another stroke of luck was the fact that we managed last week to get a tractor to make an access trail into the Graminha Mountain Reserve which is the plot of land that Iracambi acquired this year for reforestation. Parts of it are so steep as to be almost inaccessible for even the stoutest four-wheel drive vehicle. Snagging a tractor may not sound like a big deal to you, but tractors are few and far between in this neck of the woods, and, once the rains have set in, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to work on the steep slopes. So we are extremely happy on that front also!

Great news, too, on the large-scale Mantiqueira Forest Restoration Program of which we now officially a part. We’ll tell you more in our next report when we have hammered out the details. But one of the most promising aspects of the program is that the carbon certification will be carried out by the program as a whole, which is going to save us a LOT of time and energy and money, and leave us free to get those trees into the ground.

Another piece of good news is that increasing numbers of businesses are becoming interested in reducing their carbon footprint and many of them are looking into supporting nature-based solutions. Like planting trees.

That’s good news for the planet. And it’s good news – and a lot of work – for us! Thank you so much, dear donors for your support. We’re on the case!

With love and renewed thanks from the Iracambi Forestry Team

Last minute seedling care
Last minute seedling care
Steep areas for reforestry
Steep areas for reforestry
Reforested area
Reforested area
Storm coming
Storm coming
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TLC for our seedlings!
TLC for our seedlings!

Good morning, dear donors,

I´m sure you are familiar with the quote in the title of this message?

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

Have no fears. With your help, we are on the case.

We're gearing up fast for the rainy season, holding our breath and praying that it comes soon. Just in case you wonder what our forestry team is up to, here's an overview of a week in their lives. In preparation for planting they are finalizing farm visits, collecting and storing data, and making a preliminary separation of the tree species most suitable for each property. They´re also checking on the seedlings planted earlier this year and getting ready to send in the first team to prepare the land and dig the holes.

Meanwhile the backroom boys and girls are working with potential donors and partners and we've recently come up with a retrospective of the program 2015-2020 - which we hope you´ll check out. We've included the link further down in this letter. Providing a quick overview of a program is always a useful exercise, and the main lesson we learned over the early years of the prgram was the importance of monitoring and maintenance. In our tropical climate there are all manner of competing species just waiting to suffocate the baby trees, but after two years of periodic maintenance the trees are able to hold their own! So this explains why around half the cost of producing, planting and maintaining a seedling is for labor. 

Next week Deivid and Alfredo will be off to visit one of our favorite partners in the neighboring state of Rio de Janeiro. They can't wait to get out into the field and learn from some of the best in the business. Zoom calls are invaluable, but nothing beats rolling up your sleeves, getting your hands dirty and exchanging news and views with fellow tree planters.

We'll be sure to update you on the outcome of that visit, and in the meantime, thank you, thank you, for your support. You are the best!  

with love and appreciation from the iracambi Forestry Team 

PS We mentioned that we´ve hired a new forest nursery assistant, right? Her name is Fran, and we're sending you her photo. 

Look how well this tree is growing!
Look how well this tree is growing!
Check out our F4W retrospective!
Check out our F4W retrospective!
Fran, our new nursery assistant
Fran, our new nursery assistant

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The Seed Collectors
The Seed Collectors

Good afternoon, dear donors,

It's actually been raining this past week - remember we told you that the old timers were saying the rains were coming early? We don´t think this is actually the real rains yet, just a rehearsal, but we´ll take what we can get, and it´s amazing how just a few days of gentle rain can transform the landscape overnight.

And it's most welcome, as we approach the planting season.Over the past couple of weeks we've carried out another six farm visits, so we're well up to speed. Which is just as well, since once the rains set in with a vengeance we can have days when even the most hardy teams in the toughest of vehicles can scarcely make it up to some of the planting sites! 

But so far, so good, and Deivid is very happy with the nursery situation. His seedlings are looking happy and healthy and his team has been scouring the forest for seeds, since the work of making seedlings depends on when the different tree species set seed. He reckons they've collected around forty kilos of seeds over the past few days, and collecting is only the start. As you know, different seeds require different methods of preparation, and all seeds require the right combination of water, oxygen, temperature and sunlight. Some species require scarification –  not as bad as it sounds! Scarification simply means breaking through the hard outer coat that is designed to keep the seed in a state of dormancy. This can be done by passing through the digestive system of an animal or bird, or by gently sandpapering the hard outer coat to let the seed emerge. It's a lot of work, but we have yet to persuade Deivid to pass the seeds through his own digestive system..... You can also soak the seeds to soften the outer coat. Some seeds even require fire conditions to germinate, can you believe?

Another news item is that we'll be welcoming a new forestry coordinator at the end of the month, and there is much to be done before he arrives. Deivid and Alfredo will be paying a visit to one or our colleagues in Rio state who is an expert in large scale reforestry and will certainly have much to teach them. They are also signed up to become drone pilots which is going to simplify our monitoring considerably. 

Lots going on down here. But we wouldn´t have it any other way.

So thank you once again for your amazing support. You are the best!

With much love and appreciation from the Iracambi Forestry Team  

PS  We forgot to tell you that we have another expert pair of hands helping out in the nursery. Her name is Fran, and we're thrilled that she has joined the team.

Seeds
Seeds
Future forest plot
Future forest plot
Future forest plot 2
Future forest plot 2
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Prepping for the planting season!
Prepping for the planting season!

Good afternoon, dear donors,

Time is flying by, and we are well into our preparation for the 2021 planting season. Old timers are telling us to expect an early start to the rains, (connected with the deafening chorus of some varieties of thrush,) and, in any case, it´s never too early to be visiting local properties, explaining how the project works and clarifying expectations about exactly what we offer and what we expect from our partners!

Here´s a quick headsup to remind you. We define the priority restoration areas, collect and upload data on the property, take soil samples, discuss the most appropriate mix of species for each property – depending on soils, vegetation, sun, shade, distance from existing forest patches and farmer´s preference – work alongside the farmers to clear the weeds, prepare the ground, dig the holes and apply organic fertilizer, plant, monitor and provide two years’ maintenance, along with replanting in the case of seedling loss (usually in the region of 10 - 12%.) The farmers' commitment is to fence off the reforestry area, to help in every stage of the process, monitor the progress of the young trees and help with the maintenance.

For some time we have been investigating the possibility of Payment for Environmental Services, whereby farmers receive regular cash payments for the ecosystem services they provide through reforesting areas of their farms, and we have recently been encouraged to learn of a large-scale program to reforest 1.5 million hectares in the Mantiqueira mountain range in the states of Rio, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Its objective is to help Brazil fulfil its commitment to the Paris Accord, as well as implementing an integrated climate mitigation strategy, assuring water to the urban areas of Rio and São Paulo, and providing incentives to landowners to restore forest areas on their property.

In past years the highly strategic Serra do Brigadeiro has been excluded from Atlantic Forest initiatives, and we are delighted to discover that now we are finally part of this program. Stay tuned while we learn more – we'll be sure to update you!

So this good news (amidst a deafening chorus of birdsong,) comes with a big thank you for your unfailing support. We couldn't do what we do without your help!

With love and so many thanks from the Iracambi forestry team

PS. Another quick headline. Remember our on-farm forest nurseries? We're working with local women to help them become the leading proponents of the project, caring for the young seedlings and then selling them as an extra income source. More soon on this!

More prep work!
More prep work!
Reforestry site - already in scrub forest
Reforestry site - already in scrub forest
Another more challenging site - can you guess why?
Another more challenging site - can you guess why?
Mantiqueira reforestation area  - 1.5000  hectares
Mantiqueira reforestation area - 1.5000 hectares
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IPCC 2021 Report
IPCC 2021 Report

Dear donors,

Today's IPCC report is a Monday morning wake up call.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutierrez, describes it as "code red for humanity."

The planet is desperately trying to get our attention, and it’s time to step up.  All of us have experienced the profoundly unsettling effects of the pandemic. All of us have been forced, in one way or another, to adapt our lifestyles. 

And, long before we're through the covid nightmare, we’re faced with a crisis that is even more profound. A climate crisis of wildfire, flooding, rising sea levels and unpredictable and violent weather events. The science is irrefutable. If we don't get real, it will be too late. 

But the good news is that, if we do get real, if we get started right here and right now, we can still do a lot to fix it.

There's no time to waste. 

We know what we need to do: Figure out our carbon footprint and take steps to reduce it. Walk more, drive less. Eat more plant- based foods and less meat. Turn down the thermostat. Buy less stuff, cut out single-use plastics, plant what we can where we can.

These past eighteen months have shown us that we, the people of the earth, are resilient. Covid 19 forced us all to stop, think, and adapt. To understand that we can’t go back to the same old, same old.

The only way through Hell is to move forward. And this is our chance. All of us doing what we can to restore the planet.  

And as the planting season appoaches, we want to thank you, dear donors, for doing your part. Like our hummingbird. 

Together we're restoring the rainforest. As the young trees grow they improve air quality, help replenish the aquifers, absorb greenhouse gases, and generate oxygen. Moving the planet, one tree at a time, from code red towards code green. 

So that everyone, everywhere will breathe a little more easily.

With much love and appreciation

The Iracambi Tree Planters

 PS If you have a minute, please check the attachment and see how we use every penny of your donations!   

There's still time
There's still time
The forests you helped to restore
The forests you helped to restore
one tree at a time
one tree at a time

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Location: Rosario da Limeira, MG - Brazil
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Luiz Gusmao
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