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Implementation of the "Núcleo de Genética Aplicada à Conservação da Biodiversidade da Mata Atlântica"
Establish a new center within the Federal University of Espirito Santo to be called the “Núcleo de Genética Aplicada à Conservação da Biodiversidade” (NGACB). The vision of this Center is to build the capacity of researchers in the use and application of molecular techniques for the study of species conservation.
Hug the Park - Implementation of the Buffer Zone of Discovery National Park
Implement sustainable agro-ecological activities with communities living within the buffer zone of the Discovery Coast National Park. This area is of great importance for its biodiversity and because it provides natural connectivity with Monte Pascoal National Park.
Defense of Waters and Protection of Life: Tres Picos State Park
Help improve the participatory management of Tres Picos State Park and the important mosaic of protected areas in the Central Fluminense portion of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Included in the scope of this project are the protected areas of Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Três Picos State Park, Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve, and the Rio de Janeiro State Primate Center.
Protected Areas as Centers for Environmental Awareness in the Central Corridor of the Atlantic Forest
Launch a new program called “Educar para Conservar” aimed at pilot testing innovative methods of environmental education and training within protected areas; building awareness and sharing experiences that lend themselves to the protection of biodiversity; and reducing current pressures on the protected areas and their buffer zones.
Planning Our Landscape: Environmental Education Program for the Serra Do Mar Corridor
Implement an environmental education project targeting not only students in the formal school system, but also communities, nongovernmental organizations, protected area managers, government leaders, and others in the northern coast region of São Paulo, an area of great importance for the Serra do Mar Corridor and one that is under extreme threat from growing tourism and infrastructure development.
The Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Connection
Implement a study of the forest fragments in the Central biodiversity conservation corridor of the Atlantic Forest that make up the range of the golden-headed lion tamarin in an effort to develop a prioritization of areas for conservation in the corridor.
Biology and Conservation of Bromelias of the Atlantic Forest
Complete detailed studies of bromeliads in the Atlantic Forest to help determine critical areas for conservation. The project will assess the value of existing protected areas in terms of species protection, and will suggest new areas for protection based on the results of the studies. In addition, strategies and action plans will be developed for the conservation of bromeliads in the region, with particular focus on linking to the corridor approach for conservation in the region.
Biodiversity Conservation of Forest Fragments in the Fernão Dias APA
Study the biodiversity within and between the various forest fragments of the APA (Environmental Protected Area) Fernão Dias in order to propose a series of well-managed ecological corridors protecting this important priority area for conservation. This 180,373-hectare area in the south of Minas Gerais in the Mantiqueira Mountains includes the entire watershed of the Camanducaia River and part of the watershed of the Jaguari River, the main rivers that supply water to the cities of southern Minas as well as the metropolitan areas of São Paulo and Campinas.
Consolidation of the Cabruca Commercialization Area - Cooperative of the Organic Producers of Southern Bahia (CABRUCA)
Develop the commercial structures of the Organic Producers of Southern Bahia Cooperative to better link its members to the specialty marketplace. Emphasis will be placed on quality control of products and bringing these to both national and international markets. In addition, the project aims to benefit conservation of forest fragments by encouraging the creation of private heritage reserves within member properties.
Economics of the Conservation of Corridors in the Atlantic Forest
Demonstrate the economic benefits of maintaining quality forest fragments as a means to influence economic development policy and decisionmaking.
Determination of Genetic Variables in Macaco-Prego-do-Peito-Amarelo (Cebus xanthosternos) for Their Management and Conservation
Contribute to the larger effort to save the yellow-breasted capuchin monkey (Cebus xanthosternos) by developing a characterization of genetic differences of, and appropriate management plans for the species. As a result of this characterization, conservation units for subpopulations will be proposed as a deliverable of the project.
Coordination of CEPF in the Atlantic Forest (Phase II)
Continue the Atlantic Forest coordination mechanism which includes managing proposal reviews, monitoring of CEPF grantee projects, coordinating annual corridor grantee workshops, implementing corridor communication campaigns, and performing a final evaluation of the CEPF experience in the Atlantic Forest Hotspot.
Strategies and Actions for the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro
Identify priority areas for conservation in the state of Rio de Janeiro, prepare policy recommendations in line with these priorities and disseminate relevant information for use in planning and development.
Study of Wildlife Animal Traffic in the Atlantic Forest and Its Implications for Conservation.
Consolidate information regarding illegal wildlife trade with the aim of gathering enough knowledge to sufficiently analyze the extent of illegal traffic in the Central and Serra do Mar corridors of the Atlantic Forest. Included will be the development of instruments for measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation strategies in the region.
Ecology of Cave-Dwelling Invertebrates in the Atlantic Forest
Undertake a study of the richness, diversity, endemism and distribution of cave-dwelling invertebrate fauna within the Central and Serra do Mar corridors of the Atlantic Forest remnants. The study will also provide information of the general state of conservation in the surrounding areas, allowing for the development of appropriate regulations for adequate management of the areas.
Recuperation of the Atlantic Forest in the Watershed of Rio Caraiva
Implement sustainable systems of environmental restoration and the collective management of the landscape by the citizens of the Carava River Watershed on the Discovery Coast.
Biodiversity Conservation of the Restingas in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carry out a study of the state of conservation of the Restingas along the coast of Rio de Janeiro State with the objective of identifying areas for increasing the protected areas system within the region.
Socioenvironmental Restoration of the Atlantic Forest of Minas Gerais, Brazil - Education, Research, and Environmental Restoration
Increase the forested areas in the region and promote sustainable use of natural resources through community participation, environmental education, and the introduction of new techniques for reforestation. Activities include the development of a monitoring program for environmental indicators in the private reserve RPPN Fazenda Bulcão.
Ecological Corridor of the South of Minas
Develop and implement the Serra do Mar Corridor concept within Minas Gerais State; assist the management of existing protected areas; create new protected areas (both public and private); train in sustainable use practices; and disseminate information across the region.
Biodiversity Conservation and Management in the Watershed of the Sao Joao River
Develop integrated management plans among the various protected areas in the watershed of the sao Joan River to help ensure protection of threatened species and their habitats.
Agroforestry Systems in Southern Bahia: Economic & Conservation Potential of the Atlantic Forest
Carry out a diagnostic of agroforestry systems in the mico-region of Valena (Southern Bahia), working directly with communities and the Agronomy School of the Universidade Federal da Bahia to determine what systems are yielding the best results for conservation and productivity. These results will be disseminated with the hopes of influencing public policy in terms of the region’s agrarian development plans.
Mapping the Occurrence, Distribution and Conservation Status of Endemic and Threatened Reptiles in Bahian Restingas
Implement a small grant to map the occurrence, distribution and conservation status of endemic and threatened reptiles in Bahian Restingas.
Expanding the Site Conservation Network in the Atlantic Forest Hotspot
Through the development of conservation feasibility assessments at five Important Bird Areas (IBAs), set the stage for targeted conservation action at some of the highest priority biodiversity sites in the Atlantic Forest biodiversity conservation corridors. The project is focused on the following IBAs: Boa Nova/Serra da Ouricana; Valença; Fazenda Pindobas IV; Restinga de Maçambaba/Cabo Frio; and Serra das Bocaina/Paraty/Angra dos Reis.
Establishment of a Network of Private Reserves and Conservation/Recuperation Systems of Forest Fragments in the South of Bahia
Integrate the business sector in efforts to conserve biodiversity, such as increasing private investment for the environment, and the adoption of practices to reduce the impact of productive activities in the Atlantic Forest.
Conservation of Biodiversity in the Atlantic Forest in the State of Espirito Santo
Complete a study of biodiversity conservation status, complete with a list of threatened flora and fauna; a study of the conservation units within the state; and identification of priority actions for the conservation of the Atlantic Forest in the state of Espirito Santo.
Building a Global Constituency for Biodiversity Conservation
Implement a series of targeted public awareness and education campaigns in nine hotspots in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Campaign leaders participate in an intensive training course at the UK's Kent University or Mexico's Guadalajara University, prepare detailed plans to implement campaigns, link with a local organization in their region and commit to a minimum two years with that organization.
Analysis and Ecological Relevance of Institutions in the Central Corridor of the Atlantic Forest
In preparation for the establishment of a small grants mechanism in the Central Corridor of the Atlantic Forest, conduct an initial assessment of the presence, capacity, history and experience of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the region. This project will also determine which areas are of greatest biological importance within the corridor and the overlap with current NGO activities.
Using the Eco-Index to Allow Organizations Working in Neotropical Hotspots to Share Experiences and Glean Lessons from Colleagues
Facilitate the exchange of information about experiences, challenges and best practices developed through various conservation projects throughout Central and South America, including CEPF-funded projects in the Atlantic Forest, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador, Mesoamerica, and Tropical Andes hotspots. Project goals, experiences and information will be disseminated through the Eco-Index in English, Spanish, and where relevant, Portuguese.
Assessment and Capacity Building of NGOs Active in the Serra do Mar Corridor
As preparation to manage the CEPF small grants program in this region, assess nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working within the corridor, establish mechanisms necessary to run the small grants program, and improve office infrastructure for future training programs.
Coordination of CEPF in the Atlantic Forest
Play the lead role in facilitating the establishment of the Central and Serra do Mar biodiversity corridors. Activities include helping guide CEPF investment decisions in the region and strengthening the network of public and private sector conservation organizations, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, companies and universities to facilitate partnerships and alliances to achieve biodiversity conservation goals. Incorporate the Communications and Environmental Education Program into the two corridors and translate the new “State of the Hotspot – Atlantic Forest” into Portuguese.
Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy People: Linkages Between Biodiversity, Ecosystem Health and Human Health
Cover travel and full participation costs for individuals from the Atlantic Forest, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador, Guinean Forests of West Africa, Madagascar, Philippines, and Tropical Andes hotspots to attend the Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy People conference.
Preparation for the Coordination of CEPF in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Develop a management strategy plan to most effectively and transparently implement the CEPF strategic objectives for the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Coordinate with local and international partners in the region.