Project #17660

Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest

by Iracambi


Our Young EcoLeaders program provides vocational training for middle-school students, bringing them out of the classroom and into the field to do hands-on conservation science in their rainforest community. Students identify plants, collect seeds, make and care for seedlings, and plant them out. Together with the farmers, they learn about best-practice conservation farming methods to restore the forest, protect soils and water, guarantee long-term productivity and hone their leadership skills.
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Most of the land in our area belongs to family farmers who, in the absence of guidance and incentives, are unable to adopt sound and sustainable conservation practices. Local government lacks the resources to provide leadership, soils are exhausted, water resources are stressed, and the forest is cleared. Due to lack of opportunity many local youth no longer see a future for themselves, frequently dropping out of school and drifting to the towns to take unskilled and often unsatisfying jobs.


The program aims to equip groups of students to become environmental leaders in their community. We do this by focusing on three things: critical thinking, science-based learning and practical field experience. The relationship between student and farmer allows for sharing ideas and developing practical solutions. This interdependence benefits everybody: the youth are exposed to practical experience and the farmers develop an understanding of how we can all play a role in protecting our planet

Long-Term Impact

Young people everywhere complain of not having enough to do - yet when they are involved in programs that inspire them and stimulate their creativity they can become the change makers of the community! As their skills and confidence increase, our EcoLeaders become ever more excited about encouraging and working with hundreds of farm families and adopting better land management practices to increase productivity, enhance sustainability, and protect the forests, soils and water that benefit us all

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information


Location: Rosario da Limeira, MG - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Binka Le Breton
Rosario da Limeira, MG Brazil

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