PERMANENT PRESERVATION AREAS
Permanent Preservation Areas represent an important part of Brazilian environmental law and are vital for the preservation of native flora and fauna, and to the maintenance of watercourses and catchments through protection from erosion and sedimentation. Since we assumed the administration of the property in 2014, we have been recovering the APPs (Áreas de Preservação Permanente). In 2014 none of these areas were properly isolated. Over the course of two years, we fenced off 100% of the APPs, impeding livestock access to any of the watercourses; 75% of the areas are already being recuperated via reforestation using seeds and plantings of native flora species.
Ecological corridors join fragmented forest areas which have been separated by human interference and land usage changes. Corridors are necessary to permit the movement of fauna between patches of native forest, and to increase vegetation cover. Our reforestation initiatives are intended to minimize the effects caused by the deforestation of the ranch area prior to our acquisition of Fazenda Anacã. Free movement of fauna between forest areas will ultimately lead to the recolonization of once-degraded areas, increasing the conservation value of our property and neighbouring areas, and contributing to the development of progressive environmental practices in the region.
PARTNERSHIPS IN REFORESTATION
Our reforestation and environmental recovery project was developed and oriented by Dr. Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues and his team. Dr. Rodrigues is the co-ordinator of the BIOTA/FAPESP Project developed by the Laboratory for Ecology and Forest Restoration of the LCB/Esalq/USP.