• Visiting the Espirito Santo Community

    During her most recent trip to the Trocano Araretama Conservation Project, CGV’s Laine Tavares travelled to many communities found within the 1.3 million ha area that the project covers. These on-the-ground visits are undertaken for monitoring purposes and allow the continuous development of the project. Starting this week, we will be discussing the communities that Laine and the Trocano implementation team visited.

    Today we are beginning with the Espirito Santo Community in the Upper Madeira River, located 66 km from the seat of the municipality of Borba. This community has roughly 27 families and a total of 135 inhabitants according to the latest census conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

    Economy

    Agriculture is the community’s main economic activity. Cassava is produced for local consumption and they also produce bananas to be sold. However, the techniques used by local farmers are still very rudimentary and need to be improved. In order to provide these improvements, CGV is discussing possibilities with Institute of Agricultural Development and Sustainable Forest of the Amazonas (IDAM) to provide sustainable farming and better productivity.

    Banana trees are planted behind the Americo Costa Branco Municipal School.

    Infrastructure

    To the right of the photo, we can see the typical bathroom structure used by members of the community. The bathrooms are located outside and do not have an adequate sewage system. At the moment, we are developing a pilot project in the Sao Joaquim community to improve infrastructure using artificial wetlands and, if successful, it will also be implemented in the Espirito Santo community.

    The artesian well, located in the community centre, where residents draw water for drinking, hygiene and cleanliness. However, this water is not filtered, therefore a pilot project has been started in 3 other communities with life straws and acquaboxes that can also be implemented in Espirito Santo at a later date if successful.

    Education

    Visiting the only school in the community, the Americo Costa Branco Municipal School. The school has more than 120 students in total when considering all morning, afternoon and evening classes. The manager Azanildo Costa Branco and afternoon students greeted Laine and the team enthusiastically.

    12 year old Laura Branco is in her 8th year of primary school. She believes that preserving the forest is very important because it provides housing and is a source of water, food and income.

     

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    Celestial Green Ventures

    Celestial Green Ventures (CGV) develops and implements REDD+ conservation projects, which focus on protecting regions at risk of deforestation and improving the local communities, in the Brazilian Amazon region.
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