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Challenge
Rapidly expanding agricultural development, charcoal production and infrastructure development have become major threats to the Cerrado, a highly diverse savanna ecosystem in Brazil that is home to globally important levels of biodiversity. Within the agricultural sector, cattle ranching, cotton, soy and corn are contributing to the conversion of natural areas, with more than 50 percent of the Cerrado now being used for agricultural purposes.

Solution
In partnership with Bunge Limited, Brazil's largest soybean processor, CELB and CI Brazil are undertaking activities that will promote conservation and sustainable agriculture and serve as a model for other companies operating in this biologically important region. This initiative, as part of a regional corridor strategy to increase the connectivity of natural habitat for biodiversity conservation, is assisting farmers in the strategic placement and establishment of legal private reserves, as required by Brazil's Forestry Code. The partnership will also encourage farmers to implement agricultural practices that reduce the ecological impacts of soy cultivation.

Progress
Began development of a pilot project: The pilot project targets approximately 50 soy farmers who manage nearly 150,000 hectares bordering Emas National Park. Oreades, our local partner, has begun mapping biological, agronomic and physical features of farms. The project will also identify the most effective and efficient ways to create conservation incentives for farmers within Bunge's supply chain to encourage adoption of environmental best practices and improve Bunge's farmer-client relationships.

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© CI, Russell A. Mittermeier
Tocanucu, Cerrado, Brazil.

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PARTNER FAST FACTS
Bunge Limited

WEBSITES
• In Depth: Brazil's Cerrado Hotspot
• CI Brazil (Em Portugu√™s)

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Bunge Fact Sheet(pdf, 36kb)

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