Mosaico Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Model Forest

In a nutshell

The Mosaico Sertão Veredas Peruaçuc Model Forest is an expansion of the former Pandeiros Model Forest­; as a result, the objectives are very similar as the Mosaic territory was already practicing Model Forest principles.

The Mosaico Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Model Forest comprises 28 protected areas, including two indigenous areas of the Xacriabá ethnic group. In addition, it presents a diversity of landscapes such as the Veredas (large areas with a predominance of Mauritia flexuosa palms, known as buriti in Portuguese), the Pandeiros River falls, the Peruaçu caves and the São Francisco river, one of Brazil’s main rivers.

The most important challenge faced by the Model Forest is to reduce deforestation and landscape degradation.


The predominant forest type in our Model Forest is the cerrado (forested savannah), especially the vereda (which has a key connectivity function), the Babaçu Cerrado Sensu Strictu, the Campo Cerrado, the Campo Sujo, the Carrasco, the Cerradão and the Veredas.

The Mosaico Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Model Forest has a great diversity of fauna, with many threatened and endemic species, such as the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus). The Model Forest is comprised of several different flora and transition environments, from the cerrado to the Caatinga (a dry forest) biomes.

Our Model Forest is home to many traditional communities, such as the Quilombolas (descendants of slaves), Barranqueiros (who live on the shore of the São Francisco River), Veredeiros (living near Veredas), and the indigenous Xacriabás, among others.

Predominant economic activities are agriculture, ecotourism and commerce. The main crops are soybeans, grassland seeds (Brachiaria bizantha), cattle, and eucalyptus plantations.


Since 2009, the Model Forest has had a formal Board of Directors, with approximately 40 organizations, including organizations from within the territory or that operate in the Model Forest area. The Board is renewed every three years and meets four times a year.

The last Board, elected in October 2018, is composed of:

Government representation:

  1. Ibama-MG (Ministry of the Environment)
  2. Federal University dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri-UFVJM-Tourism
  3. University of Montes Claros
  4. Federal Institute of Northern Minas – Montes Claros campus
  5. Indio – Funai National Foundation
  6. Municipality of Januária
  7. Municipality of São João das Missões
  8. Municipality of Manga
  9. Municipality of Arinos
  10. Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio)
  11. Minas Gerais State Forestry Institute (IEF-MG)

Civil society representation:

  1. Pró-Natureza – Funatura Foundation
  2. Rosa e Sertão Institute
  3. Chapada Gaúcha Integrated and Sustainable Development Agency (ADISC)
  4. Speleology and Related Studies Group (GEO)
  5. Vale do Peruaçu Speleology Group (EVP)
  6. Xacriabá Aldeias Sumaré/Peruaçu Indigenous Association
  7. Xacriabá Aldeia Xacriabá Indigenous Association
  8. Caritas Diocesan of Januária
  9. Patrimônio Natural Porto Cajueiro Private Reserve
  10. WWF Brazil
  11. Patrimônio Natural Aldeia Private Reserve
  12. Ekos Brazil Institute
  13. Cooperativa Agropecuária Pioneira (COOAPI, a farming cooperative)
  14. Fazenda BrasilAgro (hacienda)
  15. Cooperativa Agropecuária da Região do Piratinga (Coopertinga, a farming cooperative)
  16. Fazenda Trijunção (hacienda)
  17. Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares e Agroextrativistas do Vale do Peruaçu (Cooperuaçu, a cooperative for small producers)
  18. Cooperativa dos Pequenos Produtores Agroextrativistas de Pandeiros (COOPAE, a cooperative for small producers)
  19. Associação dos Pequenos Produtores Rurais de Onça Quilombola (an association of small producers); and
  20. Associação dos Pequenos Produtores Rurais de Água Doce (an association of small producers).


Strategic goals:

  • Promote biodiversity protection.
  • Promote the cultural and social appreciation of Model Forest communities.
  • Promote integrated and participatory territorial management.

Key actions in place to reach these goals:

  • Updating the Conservation-Based Territorial Guidelines Plan (DTBC Plan, available at
  • Conduct a zoning proposal for the Model Forest.
  • Several socio-environmental projects being implemented with the Model Forest territory.

Key impacts:

  • Increased civil society participation in decision making.
  • Increased income linked to plant extraction activities of the cerrado fruits to benefit traditional communities.

Learn more about Mosaico Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Model Forest :

Page of the National Forest Information System of the Brazilian Forest Service (in Portuguese)




The states of Minas Gerais, Goiás and Bahia

Area (ha):


Regional affiliation:

Latin American Model Forest Network

Year joined IMFN:




Contact information


Cesar Victor

Kolbe Soares


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