Restoration of the Cerrado Ecosystem in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.
Working in an award winning habitat restoration project, helping restore the Cerrado (Brazilian Savana).
The Cerrado or Brazilian Savana is also known as the water cradle as it hosts water springs of the main river basins of Brazil, that drain to other water catchments such as the Amazon, the Parana, Tocantis and São Francisco rivers.
The National Park Chapada dos Veadeiros was created in 1961 and extended in 2017, protecting an area of 240 m hectares of high Cerrado. It is located in the heart of Brazil 250 km North of Brazilia
The park protects several habitat types of the Cerrado Ecosystem and it is crossed by almost 500 springs and water courses with waterfalls. Running over rocks that are more than one billion years old and landscapes of rare beauty, with features that change throughout the year. Also conserved, are the areas of old quartz mining, that existed prior to the creation of the Nationl Park, which are important part of the local history.
The Park was declared a World Natural Heritage Site in 2001 and comprises the core area of the Cerrado Biosphere Reserve, both titles conferred by UNESCO.
The main objective of this project is to recover the natural ecological processes of the Cerrado and to provide adequate protection of the soil and water resources.
The project has as secondary objective, but extremely important, the training and involvement of local populations in the conservation actions promoted by the Park. Other secondary objectives are: encouraging the recovery of degraded areas outside the protected area, and encouraging the change of production modes towards activities that offer less environmental impact.
- Seeds collection of important Cerrado species (all year round)
- Preparation of soil ready for planting (May to October)
- Saw seeds in areas previously prepared (November-December)
- Map the perimeter of the area used by each community.
- Maintenance of planted areas
- Data collection and enter into the database
- Production of maps with referenced data
- Provide support with data analysis and production of reports
You will receive training on all activities. Classification and identification of seeds, data collection and data entry as well as use of GIS and production of maps.
The reserve has a basic accommodation (subject to availability at the lowest price) within the park in shared bedrooms with capacity for four, with shared bathroom and kitchen when participants prepare their own food. You will be required to bring bed linen & towels. You can also opt for staying in the local village that offers diverse qualities of accommodation and restaurant options.
When staying within the park facilities, participants buy and prepare their own food. If you decide to stay in private accommodation in the local village, the availability of food will depend on your service provider.
The region has two seasons: Dry season July- October with high temperatures during the day and cool during night and early mornings. The dry season can have cooler days due to polar weather fronts coming from the South.
It is important to have insect repellent and sun cream. Cloths should be of light materials preferably that can dry quickly. For field work you should bring long sleeves, long trousers and boots.
This is a tourism area with several rivers and attractions for recreation, that you will be able to enjoy in your fee time.
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