SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature

by Instituto Sinal do Vale
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SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
Preparing the area
Preparing the area

In the last months, in our reforestation project we have managed to plant 6.000 seedlings of native trees of the Mata Atlantica in 4 hectares of SINAL!

For our project, we are using 4 different reforestation techniques according to the characteristics of each plot of land. In these 4 hectares, the technique chosen to reforest was Total Planting because of the state of degradation of the land, as there were very little trees and the soil was quite eroded.
We are very excited to develop this project, because we are creating an innovative model. We are testing models that are flexible enough to allow for different income possibilities, within activities our neighbors practice. For example, we plan to:
1. include in the reforestation design ecotourism attractions, such as trails for bikes and hiking; and
2. allow the presence of cows to live there and coexist with the trees, through monitored holistic grazing.

We would like to thank our donors for giving us the opportunity to experiment and expand a model where people, animals and nature coexist in a sustainable way!
We will keep you posted as the project progresses!

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Since 2019, we have been targeting a specific area with our reforestation efforts, that had an old spring that had dried up after the area arounded degraded. This month, we carried out our largest planting effort yet, with two thousand trees in a single week! Some of the trees we planted previously have grown and are providing more shade and water retention, so it was time to push along the ecological succession adding several leguminous and native species seedlings. 

Next year, we will focus on reforestation on our site, expanding to 30 hectares of degraded land within our property. A big thank you to our donors that supporting us by allowing us to have a timely flow of resources to maintain the seedlings. Together we will bring back the Atlantic Rainforest at SINAL and the Rio Green Belt!

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Closing last year with 160 seedlings in one day!
Closing last year with 160 seedlings in one day!

Since June of 2020 when the fire hit, we have been reforesting the area with nitrogen fixers and leguminous trees. Inviting volunteers to come every Friday has been a very succesful way to get community members involved, and to make the campus more known! 

In November, we partered up with Bosques da Memoria (Forests of Remembrance, in English), a nation-wide campaign reforesting in honor of victims of COVID19. With their help, we expect this year to increase the number of planting sessions and volunteers coming through!

We will keep you posted as the seedlings grow. A big thank you to our donors - we know these times aren't easy and appreciate your support very much!

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Since the fire broke out in June and burned through 2 Ha of SINAL, we have been hosting tree planting sessions with volunteers every Friday. We receive a maximum of 10 volunteers to keep within health measures, and plant native seedlings along with nitrogen fixer seeds, such as Pigeon Pea and Rattlepods. 

So far, we have planted over 100 trees and have seen some of the burned trees come back. The rainy season has just begun and we are doubling our efforts keeping the invasive grasses from taking over the area. 

We have named the area Alfredo Sirkis Forest in honor of a Brazilian parlamentarian, a pioneer of environmentalism in the country, who tragically passed away in June of this year in an accident. 

As the area regenerates with the participation of our neighbors from the community and from Rio, guests staying in SINAL houses and entire families, we hope it will become a symbol of resilience and stewardship of our natural resources.

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The fire brigade
The fire brigade

Last week there was a terrible accident when one of SINAL's areas in process of regeneration caught fire. It is the dry peak of the season, and the strong winds quickly spread it to 2 hectares of land. 

The accident happened on the day of Saint John (festa de São João), a very popular festivity in Brazil to celebrate the coming rains and hope for favorable conditions for the crop growing season. To celebrate, people release a type of small hot air balloons that are very dangerous because they tend to cause fires. We still do not know the exact cause of the fire, but the authorities believe it was most likely one of those balloons.

Luckily, the fire brigade responded quickly and, together with the SINAL team, put out the fire in two days. Although we are very sad this happened, we have been taking this opportunity to inform community members of the perils of celebrating with balloons, and we are also eager to start regenerating the land! 

We want to extend a big thank you to our donors who support, helping us get the right equipment, keep monitoring measures in place, and continue reforesting our property - If you would like to help us, we could really use your support to act now!

 

With sincere gratitude,

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Instituto Sinal do Vale

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
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Project Leader:
Thais Corral
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Duque de Caxias, RJ Brazil
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