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.
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.
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, whichare 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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