Indigenous peoples are planting 1 million trees in the Amazon

Complementing the Nossa Floresta Nossa Casa Project – Tupi Mosaic, the cooperation between the Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative of Forest Trends, Ecoporé and the Xingu Seeds Network, with support from the Arbor Day Foundation, in direct partnership with communities in eight indigenous territories ( 7 in the state of Rondônia and 1 in the northwest of the state of Mato Grosso) is planting one million trees. The seven indigenous lands located in Rondônia correspond to 1/3 of the total of these demarcated areas in the state. The area occupied by the plantations will be approximately 350 hectares, with more than 360 indigenous initiatives involved in the project. 

Marketable crops such as açaí, Brazil nuts, cocoa and species for use in handicraft production are being incorporated as a priority in plantations in order to provide a sustainable source of income for those who manage restoration areas. Planting is also being carried out via direct seeding through Muvuca, a recognized and award-winning technology adopted by the Xingu Seeds Network, with training aimed at indigenous people so that they can replicate the knowledge acquired in the future and expand restoration in new areas.

The planned reforestation work includes more than 50 species, and relied on the acquisition of seeds from the communities themselves, contributing to the income generation of these indigenous peoples and strengthening the restoration chain in the region.

For Marcelo Ferronato, coordinator of the project for Ecoporé, “the project has arrived at an important moment, it will contribute to the strengthening of the bioeconomy and the insertion of indigenous products in the productive chains of sociobiodiversity, it will promote the recovery of deforested areas in indigenous lands, carbon fixation, among others. benefits associated with sustainable development goals”.

For João Carlos Mendes, restoration coordinator of the Xingu Seeds Network, “restoration work through muvuca is a good opportunity to show communities other possibilities for income generation through seed collection and forest restoration. At the same time that communities are collecting seeds, they are rescuing knowledge, monitoring the territory, increasing income with the standing forest, and restoring their territories, which we know have many pressures and threats, which is a reality of indigenous lands in Brazil”. 

Marcio Halla, coordinator of the project led by Forest Trends, highlights “the opportunity created by the partnership with Fundação Arbor Day, Ecoporé and Rede de Sementes do Xingu, to strengthen Forest Trends’ mission in the Mosaico Tupi territory (now part of the Tupi Territory). Guaporé do Origens Brasil®), which is the support to territorial governance with indigenous protagonism, according to their life plans and territorial and environmental management (PGTAs). The initial conditions are being created for the structuring of a new value chain, that of restoration, providing for the collection of seeds and the planting in Agroforestry Systems of species of interest both for food security and for income generation, in addition to of the application in a demonstrative character of a technology already established in the Xingu basin, the Muvuca, recognized and awarded for its effectiveness for the restoration. At the same time that family production projects are supported and made possible, according to the culture of each people, indigenous economies are boosted by restoring degraded areas, enriching regenerating forests and planting trees in productive systems.”