The vast majority of the population in Palmas, Tocantins, uses Taquarussu’s river basin as a source of water. In recent years, however, there was a drastic reduction of the water flow. Spring reforestation in the region can help solve this huge problem, as well as carbon sequestration, ecosystem services restoration and social benefits.
The project, which will will last one year, aims to reforest 32 springs (26 hectares); sequestrate approximately 5,000 tCO2e in 30 years; improve the legal and environmental conditions of small farms; create jobs; create demonstration activities for agriculture to mitigate climate change and provide environmental services.
Ecologica Institute’s implementation method involves the creation of new tree nurseries to plant native species, as well as experience in managing nurseries and use of local labor, creating jobs. The project also aims to reforest the legal área (50m) around each spring, totaling 0,8ha by spring. The average density of plantation will be 1,111 seedlings/ha.
Community involvement will also be a major factor. The community will be responsible for harvesting and providing the seeds for the nursery and for the spring reforestation. It is estimated that a total of 20 to 30 people will be trained on: seed collection, nursery, seedling plantation, and reforestation maintenance.
- Increase in quality and quantity of water in the basin.
- Greenhouse gases emissions reduction.
- Soil conservation.
- Habitat restoration for local wildlife.
- Income generation for the community.
- Knowledge dissemination.
- water resources conservation.
- tree nursery.
- job creation.
- Carbon sequestration.
- Sale of carbon credits.