This article was written by Vanessa Vasconcelos, Journalist in Rondônia. Support Rioterra climate actions in Brazil with Plan A.

Running for almost a year in Rondônia, Brazil, the Plantar project began a new phase last month. Close to 530 smallholders families that participate in the project received materials for soil correction and recovery area isolation. This year, about 1,000 hectares will be recovered in 12 municipalities in the region of Rondônia. This is the biggest recovery action in partnership with smallholders in the history of the Amazon and Brazil.

“No one in Brazil has ever done such a large recovery operation. To recover this area, we started a huge mobilization at the beginning of the year. There were hundreds of meetings, discussion with the smallholders, government agencies, partners and project team. We will rest only in February when finish planting. Then we will start all again to plant 1,000 more hectares in 2020/2021. Our goal is planting 3,000 hectares in three years”, says Alexis Bastos, Centro de Estudos Rioterra Project Coordinator.

Plant trees to restore the Amazon rainforest

Agroforestry for reforestation in Brazil (Credit: Rioterra)

For the delivery logistic of these materials, the project received counties support. In the next phase of the project will occur the distribution of the seedlings, starting in November. This date was chosen because of the beginning of the rainy season in the Amazon region, the best time for smallholders planting.

Agroecology

The project is a pioneer. It’s the first Environmental Regularization Program Project developed in the country. It aims to help smallholders to regularize their lands according to the National Forestry Code. This project is part of the Nationally Determined Contributions assumed by Brazil in Paris COP. 

Our goal is planting 3,000 hectares in three years”

All participating smallholders families receive technical assistance and rural extension support to implement crops and management of their properties. The work is based on agroecological practices to improve productivity and reduce the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, always prioritizing organic and natural solutions. These techniques not only reduce production costs but improve household food security issues.

The reforestation project

Agroforestry Brazil

Baby trees growing in peace in Rondônia (Credit: Rioterra)

In addition to the recovery of the areas illegally deforested and the properties regularization with environmental liabilities Plantar aims to strengthen social organizations through the creation of spaces, specially designed for smallholders families to improve social participation, implementation of public policies and economic development.

The Plantar Project is executed by Rioterra Studies Centre in cooperation with Ação Ecológica Guaporé – Ecoporé, Federação dos Trabalhadores na Agricultura de Rondônia, Rondônia Environmental Development Agency (SEDAM) and with the financial support of the Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES through the Amazon Fund.

To know more visit: www.plantar-ro.org.br. Rioterra is a partner of Plan A and runs a variety of climate action projects. CES Rioterra is an institution affiliated with the International Amazon Cooperation Agency (AICA).