• Celestial Green Ventures’ Highlights of 2014

    With 2014 year coming to an end and the anticipation for 2015 building, the team at Celestial Green Ventures has been reflecting on the achievements and events of 2014.

    Trocano Araretama Project

    2014 has been a positive year overall for the Trocano Araretama project, despite the severe flooding of the Madeira River in the municipality of Borba in March, which was declared as an “Emergency State” by the town hall. CGV were able to donate $50,000 to the municipality to ensure aid was brought to those affected by these abnormal and disastrous conditions.

    The implementation team continued to carry out important community visits to ensure the needs of the communities are being met, as well as vital on-the-ground monitoring activities to continue to ensure the successful and appropriate implementation of the project, which also included expanding the dedicated project office team staff numbers.

    The project has also continued to hold educational workshops and events throughout the year, including incorporating an educational event with National Tree Day in September, where the importance of trees to the environment is celebrated and the need to protect them is promoted. The project team held the event for two schools in the Axinim community which included planting seedlings of fruit and ornamental trees.

    Furthermore, the team have developed a water harvesting system that will provide clean water to the communities and instigated the introduction of water purification Acquaboxes and Lifestraw filters.

    In August, the Trocano Araretama project successfully achieved verification for the second time, which confirmed zero detected deforestation in the project area for the second year running.

    Social Funding Programme

    2014 saw the launch of CGV’s Social Funding Programme, aimed at giving Irish-based organisations the opportunity to receive funding towards projects that have a positive impact in their local communities. Five Irish organisations were successful in securing funding from CGV, and the chosen organisations have all benefitted greatly from this programme. The CGV team have been both impressed and moved by the passion and commitment these organisations show to their local communities and those in need.

    Celestial Green Ventures

    The company has had another memorable year, which included employing additional staff in the Dublin office as well as appointing Mike Starkie as a non-executive director, with over sight for finance.

    CGV was also able to get involved in extra-curricular activities which included financially supporting Brian Lynch for his participation in the 135km Jungle marathon through the Amazon rainforest, and last but not least organising the tracking tag for Leona the Loggerhead turtle’s departure for home – at time of going to press, she looks like she is heading for Miami!

    All in all, a great year, and all the CGV team is looking forward to what 2015 brings.

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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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