The rainforest is not just home to a vast array of species, it’s home to a lot of people too. Forest conservation would not be possible without the help of the people who live there. It is a vital part of the Trocano Araretama REDD+ planning process that the inhabitants advance their health and education, employment opportunities and other socio-economic benefits.
FRESHWATER QUALITY IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON
In August 2014 Celestial Green Ventures made a trip to a number of communities within the Trocano Araretama REDD+ Project with the direct objective of carrying out an ‘in situ’ analysis of the water quality available. Of particular interest was São Joaquim, a large community on the Upper Madeira River, home to 22 families and the Maria Borges de Almeida School which comprises approximately 71 students and 3 teachers. We found the water of poor quality and installed a sophisticated water purification system.
STUDY ON THE IMPACTS OF DEFORESTATION ON MALARIA TRANSMISSION
Malaria is one of the most prevalent vector-borne diseases of the 21st century, accounting for the highest proportion of global mortality of any tropical disease. Despite having been eradicated in many parts of the world, malaria is still present in the Brazilian Amazon where the mosquito Anopheles darlingi acts as the main vector of the disease. This study examines the impact of deforestation on the prevalence of malaria transmission within the Brazilian Amazon, highlighting steps that could be taken to reduce the spread of the disease, and outlining the potential threat that continued deforestation poses to these control efforts.
Cooking on open fires or rudimentary stoves leads to severe risks to the environment, human health and global warming. Trees are logged, respiratory diseases can occur, and greenhouse gases and black carbon particles are relentlessly released into the atmosphere. Addressing the problem of inefficient cooking ultimately means dealing with all these problems at the same time. This study proposes the use of solar ovens and clean-and-efficient stoves to reduce wood consumption, avoid health hazards, and stop the emissions of carbon dioxide and black carbon.
Author: Pavía Reina, Víctor Date of release: August 2014
Solar energy (both photovoltaic and thermal) is booming across the world, and its use is being promoted by both the public and private sectors. It is imperative that people across the world reduce emissions that result from the use of non-renewable and polluting energy sources. Instead, we must start transitioning to renewable and cleaner energies. CGV will implement a pilot project in the community of São Joaquim by employing a solar grid to provide the local communities with electricity. The grid will power some basic appliances and lighting systems in the community’s school, which is the focus of this document. Additional grids will also be set up throughout the community.
Author: Pavía Reina, Víctor Date of release: July 2014