Pandeiros Model Forest

Country: Brazil
Location: Januaria, state of Minas Gerais
Year joined IMFN: 2005
Area of Model Forest: 750,000 hectares
Regional affiliation: Ibero-American Model Forest Network

Contact information

Hudson Freitas de Cavalho

Forest profile and resources
The Pandeiros Model Forest (BMP) is located in Januaria, in the north of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, at the left border of the Río Sao Francisco, approximately 600 km from Belo Horizonte. The predominant forest typology is cerrado (dry forest) and vereda.  the predominant climate is semi-arid, with temperatures varying between 18 and 35°C. The predominant soil type is red and

In the PMF there are more than 250 species of birds, many mammals, such as the jaguar, the pampas deer (Ozoteceros bezoarticus), monkeys and certain endangered species such as the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) and the giant anteater (Myrmercophaga tridactila). The main species of flora present are Myracroduon urundeuva, the white floss silk tree (Chorisia insignis), Qualea grandiflora, pequi (Caryocar brasiliensis), babassu (Orbygnia oleifera) and a major potential for medicinal plants. The Pantanal, with an approximate area of 1,200 hectares, is responsible for 70% of fish reproduction from the San Francisco river.

Economic profile
The PMF is home to approximately 70,000 inhabitants. According to data from the project for sustainable development of Pandeiros and Gibao [Proyecto Desarrollo Sostenible de Pandeiros y Gibao], agricultural production is predominantly in yucca (manioc), beans, rice, corn, and [sugar]cane. Among the primary activities are the production of charcoal and the extraction of fava d´anta (Dymorphandra mollis) and, to a lesser extent, pequí (Caryocar brasiliensis) and buriti or wine palm (Mauritia vinifera). Poultry and apiculture are also increasing in production. Three quarters of the population are without electrical energy, and an even greater percentage do not have access to potable water. The predominant organizational system is that of associations/councils, followed by workers’ unions.

The process to constitute a Board of Directors and to instrumentalize the Governing Board [Consejo Gestor] is underway, and it is hoped that this will include presidents of the community associations and representatives of the main governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Strategic goals

  • Family-based farming (agricultura familiar) and protection of the environmental resources
  • People, water, forests and honey
  • Solidarity and organization

Achievements to date

  • Structuring of the Pandeiros CCCEAC [Pandeiros cerrado community centre for extraction and artisanry] for the communities of Mingu and Traçadal


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