Forests4Water Brazil: Community Climate Action

by Iracambi
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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
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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Wise words about tree planting
Wise words about tree planting

Dear donors, 

I hope you are doing well, and we want to send you all a big thank you for your support of our programs and take you backstage and show you a little of the nuts and bolts of our reforestry program!

You’re probably already familiar with our frontline activities - Alfredo and his team visiting the farms, checking on the baby trees, weeding and strimming the grass that threatens to choke them, or giving them a dose of fertilizer to help them face the end of the rainy season.

Plus what Deivid is up to in the nursery – making new seedling tables, filling the bags with the perfect mixture of soil and compost, germinating the seeds he has collected in the forest, watering the seedlings, and checking on the ten community nurseries – whose owners are inordinately proud of them! 

In this letter, we´d like to give you an idea of how we are using your donations – for which we are extremely grateful!

First, let us explain that the biggest project expense is labor. Land preparation, planting and maintenance requires lots of hard work and sweat equity, and everyone who works with us comes from the local community so your donations, as well as helping us reforest, are providing plenty of employment! 

And, even better, our peak season will begin in August when we start visiting the planting sites and doing the preliminary clearing and hole digging. This coincides nicely with the end of the coffee harvest, when local farmers will be glad of extra employment. Another important point is that in our annual reforestry budgeting we include labor costs for two years, since every tree planted will require two years maintenance.  

In the first quarter of this year we received in GlobalGiving donations a total of R$255,315 or USD$48, 533. Total project expenses were R$43,000 or USD 8,174. This left us with a quarterly balance of USD$40,359. Project expenses will increase from July when we shall be hiring a second project manager, and even more sharply from August when we shall be using casual labor to start preparing for the planting season.

One of our main upcoming expenses will be acquiring a suitable used vehicle to transport equipment and people. Up to now we`ve been using whatever transport is available, but we really need to have a pickup truck. Vehicles in Brazil are expensive, and we estimate this will cost us around $15,000.  So we are budgeting carefully to ensure that funds will be available at the right time!  

So, dear donors, thank you for coming backstage with us, and thank you even more for your generous support. We`re on a long term commitment together, caring for the trees you have helped us plant, making seedlings to plant later in the year, and planning for the future.  

As the Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

Be safe, friends, and we´ll talk again soon,

with love from Alredo, Deivid and the Iracambi team

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Restoring the forest one tree at a time!
Restoring the forest one tree at a time!
Happy healthy forest
Happy healthy forest
Forestry expenses Jan - March (Brazilian reais)
Forestry expenses Jan - March (Brazilian reais)
Forestry receipts Jan - March (Brazilian reais)
Forestry receipts Jan - March (Brazilian reais)

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Deilson and his future forest nursery
Deilson and his future forest nursery

Good morning dear donors and supporters, and we hope you are doing well?

First of all we want to thank you all once again for your amazing support to our project during Climate Action Week! Thanks to you, we raised well over seven thousand dollars which is a huge help towards planting those 55000 trees we keep raving about!

And this week, as our team is working away to enlarge the forest nursery and make seedlings for the next planting season, we want to tell you about one aspect of our planting program that may be new to you.

It´s about community forest nurseries. We're working with local farmers helping them set up small forest nurseries, which is quite a radical cultural change, since space taken up by forests has traditionally been seen as space that could be better used for planting coffee or pasturing cattle.

But attitudes are changing, first the farmers noticed that their water supplies were getting stressed. Then they asked us if we could help them reforest on their water catchment areas. And when they saw the results, they started to think in terms of raising a few seedlings themselves.

Our aim, over time, is to have a small tree nursery become an integral part of the farm economy - just like having a vegetable garden, or keeping a few chickens or a pig. So here's a picture of Deilson discussing his future forest nursery with our former nursery manager and long time advisor on all things forest nursery-related.

Exciting times, right? And we're so happy that you are a part of it all. We simply couldn't do it without you! 

Please look after yourselves and we´ll talk soon, 

with love from Alfredo, Deivid and the Iracambi team  

PS You might like to check out this video about our neighbor Adão  When his spring dried up, he was the first local farmer to ask us to help him plant trees in his water catchment area - even though he didn´t really believe it would help. 

It did! 

Waiting to get started on the nursery
Waiting to get started on the nursery
Seedlings to get the nursery started
Seedlings to get the nursery started

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Climate Action Week - please join us!
Climate Action Week - please join us!

Greetings, dear friends, donors and supporters wherever you may be!

Today´s the day!

It´s Climate Action Week and we´re going to say a collective Happy Birthday, Planet Earth!

And keep working on that beautiful big birthday present we told you about. – our pledge to plant 55,000 trees by the end of next year.

Donations will be 100% matched for the first $100. Please spread the word and donate if you can! 

We've set ourselves this goal in honor of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and the urgent need to do something about climate change. We have the land, we have community interest, we've been working hard on fundraising, and all we need is more cash to finance the making and buying in the seedlings, and paying for the labor costs of planting and maintaining the baby trees.   

So how can you help?

There's a couple of different ways.
1. Make a donation if you can!

2. Spread the word among your friends, family, and colleagues, encouraging them to share our link on their networks and join you in donating. Together we can get those trees planted, storing carbon, helping to mitigate the effects of global warming, and protecting our common home, this beautiful planet.

So would you join us and make a donation towards those wonderful fifty acres of rainforest?

Every donation this week is matched at 100% for the first $100!

Thank you all so much, and please stay safe,

with rainforest hugs from the Iracambi Forestry Team  


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Every day is Earth Day
Every day is Earth Day

Hey there, friends, donors and supporters wherever you are on this beautiful earth! 

We hope you are doing well and that you can finally see light at the end of the covid tunnel? 

We want to remind you that next week is Earth Day. It´s not just Earth Day, it´s Climate Action Week (April 19-23) so let´s get busy! 

Because the climate crisis won´t wait.   

And because the earth does so much for us every minute of every day, we´d like to invite you to join us in giving her a big, beautiful present on her special day.  

Can you guess what it is?

No, it´s not the sort of present that comes gift wrapped with a big bow. It´s more like the gift that keeps on giving.

Here´s the scoop. We´re going to plant, not 10,000, not 20,000, not 30,000 but 55,000 rainforest trees by the end of next year. All part of restoring the majestic Atlantic Forest.

Fifty acres of rainforest. Storing carbon, providing clean air and fresh water, restoring habitat for forest animals and helping keep zoonotic dieases where they belong. Because when we destroy habitat, we increase the likelihood of these diseases spreading to humans. And causing a catastrophic pandemic like covid19 that spreads around the world like wildfire.

Together we can take steps to reverse global warming and help prevent another pandemic. How cool is that? 

So will you join us in saying a big thank you to this beautiful planet? Here´s how you can help. Would you be on for spreading the word in your networks of friends, family and colleagues, and asking them to join you in donating to the big birthday present for Planet Earth? All donations, whether one off or monthly, are matched at 100% for the first $100 - how about that for an easy way to double your impact?

Thank you so much, dear donors, please take care and we´ll talk soon,

with rainforest love from the Iracambi Tree Planting Team 

PS Don´t forget to tell everyone about the 100% matching funds! (Thank you, GlobalGiving!) 

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Iracambi

Location: Rosario da Limeira, MG - Brazil
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Luiz Gusmao
Rosario da Limeira, MG Brazil
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