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

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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Seedling
Seedling

The first quarter of 2015 has been one of excitement and expansion for SINAL. We successfully constructed a new greenhouse using recylced materials that now houses our approximately 1000 seedlings. In the past few months, we have collected seeds from 35 different native species trees for our restoration project and have begun reforesting our first major area. Another exciting development is that SINAL is now spear-heading a new initiative called the Green Belt, which is a coalition of several environemntal NGOs working in reforestation of the Mata Atlantica in the surrounding region of Rio de Janeiro and the Guanarabara Bay. The Green Belt's objective is to create an extensive nature corridor in this metropolitan area in order to protect the reamaining biodiversity of the Atlantic Rainforest and contain the growing urban encrouchment. SINAL has been identified as the catalyst and center of the initative given our mission of promoting dialogue and learning among different sectors and cultures; we host the Green Belt meetings on our property and are leading the coaltion of the 5 reforestation NGOS in Mata Atlantica. We are at the beginning of an exciting and transformative new year for SINAL.

Greenhouse
Greenhouse
Seedlings in the greenhouse
Seedlings in the greenhouse
Seedlings in the greenhouse
Seedlings in the greenhouse
greenhouse 2
greenhouse 2
Reforestation map
Reforestation map
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Map of the Green Belt
Map of the Green Belt

The last period was a breakthrough for SINAL Reforestation project: leading international and Brazilian researchers and practitioners in the restoration field met in November 2014 and decided to join efforts by creating a collaborative venture aimed to articulate new strategies for  reforestation around the Metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro.  The initiative was named Green Belt and the starting group is formed by well known and established organizations such as REGUA - http://www.guapiassubirdlodge.com/; Ecovila El Nagual ; Onda Verde http://www.ondaverde.org.br/; sinal do vale: www.sinaldovale.org. The enclosed map shows the area covered by the Green Belf  organizations.  The idea is to mobilize resources to maintain the areas covered and to expand the restoration. through the innumerous sources that are available to meet the tragets set by the municipality of Rio public works leading to the Olympic Games which the city will host in 2016. The city has the target of planting 3 million trees. Scientific studies affirm that  the minimum amount of Atlantic Rainforest needed is 30% to maintain its health, and reckons that planting close to 1/2 a million hectares around existing parcels of 200ha + of forest would do it. 

Building on this positive wave, SINAL is launching an initiative to engage young people, aging 15 to 24, which are out of the formal education and of the formal labor market. Our idea is to train them in reforestation related activities, collecting seeds, building nurseries, planting trees and participating in market value chains that could enhance the regreening of the land.  Our aim is to train 100 of them in this new type of profession. 

 Ecossystems services represent a new  economic trend.  They include specially  reforestation systems   and the  conservation of water  resources.  For a country  like Brasil  which  is a giant in biodiversity, this is of strategic importance.  This project wants to offer a model of education for ecossytem services which will tackle two critical problems at the same time. A social problem represented  by low income young people that do not have a profession and yet have to join the market on one hand, and  the reversion of the deforestation patterns that have reduced Mata Atlantica, a hot spot on biodiversity, to o 12 % of its original forest coverage. 

We want to thank our donors and let  you know that we plan to plant a mininum of 1 million trees in 2015.  We are greateful for your  trusted  us.  Together we can!!! 

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Instituto Sinal do Vale

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