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:
- Ibama-MG (Ministry of the Environment)
- Federal University dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri-UFVJM-Tourism
- University of Montes Claros
- Federal Institute of Northern Minas – Montes Claros campus
- Indio – Funai National Foundation
- Municipality of Januária
- Municipality of São João das Missões
- Municipality of Manga
- Municipality of Arinos
- Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio)
- Minas Gerais State Forestry Institute (IEF-MG)
Civil society representation:
- Pró-Natureza – Funatura Foundation
- Rosa e Sertão Institute
- Chapada Gaúcha Integrated and Sustainable Development Agency (ADISC)
- Speleology and Related Studies Group (GEO)
- Vale do Peruaçu Speleology Group (EVP)
- Xacriabá Aldeias Sumaré/Peruaçu Indigenous Association
- Xacriabá Aldeia Xacriabá Indigenous Association
- Caritas Diocesan of Januária
- Patrimônio Natural Porto Cajueiro Private Reserve
- WWF Brazil
- Patrimônio Natural Aldeia Private Reserve
- Ekos Brazil Institute
- Cooperativa Agropecuária Pioneira (COOAPI, a farming cooperative)
- Fazenda BrasilAgro (hacienda)
- Cooperativa Agropecuária da Região do Piratinga (Coopertinga, a farming cooperative)
- Fazenda Trijunção (hacienda)
- Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares e Agroextrativistas do Vale do Peruaçu (Cooperuaçu, a cooperative for small producers)
- Cooperativa dos Pequenos Produtores Agroextrativistas de Pandeiros (COOPAE, a cooperative for small producers)
- Associação dos Pequenos Produtores Rurais de Onça Quilombola (an association of small producers); and
- Associação dos Pequenos Produtores Rurais de Água Doce (an association of small producers).
- 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 http://mosaicosvp.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Plano-DTBC.pdf).
- Conduct a zoning proposal for the Model Forest.
- Several socio-environmental projects being implemented with the Model Forest territory.
- Increased civil society participation in decision making.
- Increased income linked to plant extraction activities of the cerrado fruits to benefit traditional communities.
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