Good wave: projects co-create solutions for marine biodiversity in Brazil | biodiversity

Promoting the conservation of biodiversity along the Brazilian coast is part of the mission of 19 projects, which unite sustainable tourismmitigating the effects climate crisis in coastal cities and reducing pollution in the ocean and environmental incidents. Located in the southern, southeastern and northeastern regions of the country, they have been selected through the Camp Oceano process and will receive between R $ 180,000 and R $ 260,000 each over the next three years, for a total value of R 3.7 million. $ in financial support from Fundação Grupo Boticário, throughout the country and Fundação Araucária, in Paraná.

Camp Oceano is part of the Teia de Soluções program, and this was the first edition to support ocean-focused projects. Of the 138 proposals received, 40 participated in three virtual days of immersion, training and connections to improve ideas. Of the 25 solutions that advanced to a guidance stage, 19 were selected for training, mentoring and technical support from expert consultants.

“Finally, we have chosen proposals that can have a positive and lasting impact on the conservation of coastal and marine areas, while also promoting benefits for local people and communities, including overcoming the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Omar Rodrigues. manager. Senior officer of involvement and institutional relations at Fundação Grupo Boticário.

The selected initiatives are in various stages of development, whether articulation, ideation, prototyping or extension of operations. The intention of the camp was to encourage the creation of multidisciplinary, innovative, scalable and financially sustainable. At the end of the three years, all these are expected to be implemented and structured in order to guarantee their financial sustainability and to be replicated in other contexts.

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The eTrilhas platform, awarded in the latest edition of the Teia de Soluções program, is almost there. “The training process has been very important in the maturation of the product and the business model, in addition to expanding our network of contacts,” says Paula Rascão, tourism doctor and managing partner of the application that brings together visitors, guides and managers in favor Sustainable Development tourism in natural areas. The project has received two years of sponsorship and is in its third semester.

Rascão says the financial contribution was essential to keep the platform steady, with new features being launched and the product improving as users, managers and service providers return, in addition to allowing them to invest in marketing and marketing. “Before this support, our income was not enough to meet all the requirements and to evolve with the platform at the speed we need. The results were very favorable. After this period, we will be able to continue on our own “, guarantees the tourism specialist.

The eTrilhas platform provides detailed real-time information about the ecological routes in Brazil, organized by difficulty level, terrain characteristics, total distance and user evaluation – Photo: eTrilhas Collection

This reality is shared by Vivalá, who received BRL 193,000 from the Teia de Soluções program between the beginning of 2021 and 2022. Last year, more than 80% of his income was held, and this year the goal is to exceed 90%. “The investment was very important to contribute to the organization during the pandemic. The funds were added to the efforts to expand our activities in a time of great uncertainty and brought more power to the continued expansion of our socio-environmental impact “, says Daniel Cabrera, executive director and co-founder. The social enterprise has been active in the development of sustainable tourism in Brazil since 2017 and has started its expeditions in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas.

The financial support helped to expand by 250% the number of UCs in the company’s activities, which went from 2 to 7, reaching the states of Acre, Amazonas, Pará, Rio Grande do Norte, Bahia, Goiás and Minas Gerais, in biomes. by Amazon, Cerrado and Caatinga. According to Daniel, in 2021, Vivalá recorded a 210% increase in revenue, reaching over 1,000 passengers, injecting R $ 850,000 into the traditional indigenous, riparian, quilombola and sertaneja communities through the purchase of community services, reaching 6,500 hours. volunteering. education in their tourism programs, known as “voluntarism”.

“Fundação Grupo Boticário has a history of supporting ocean-related research and considers it necessary to combine nature conservation with balanced socio-economic development,” says Omar. The proposal to invest heavily in projects related to marine biodiversity conservation came in response to the UN Ocean Decade. “Despite the fundamental role of the ocean in maintaining life on the planet, with climate regulation, food supply, leisure, energy, navigation, among other things, the coastal-marine environment is undergoing a worrying process of degradation. We are very pleased with the outcome of this process of co-creating the solutions and we are full of hope for the results that can be achieved in the coming years, ”he says.

Discover the sustainable tourism initiatives considered in this process:

Coral Coalition is a science tourism program that aims to integrate the local community of Porto de Galinhas, in Pernambuco, in resolving reef degradation and the demand for new tours. Developed by BioFábrica de Corais, the project aims to implement a reef restoration program, divided into four management programs: coral transplantation, mapping and monitoring, recovery of diseased colonies and educational experiences.

noronha birds aims at convergence between tourism activities and the promotion of conservation actions in the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. Organized by the Espaço Silvestre Institute, it aims to preserve the greatest diversity of seabird species in Brazil, in addition to stimulating the local economy, science, communication and social engagement.

I take care of the coral is a project with an integrated and participatory management model to help people and entrepreneurs in water tourism in the conservation of the coastal reefs of Paraíba, using interactive digital technology and environmental awareness campaigns. The objective of the solution created by the Association for the Development of Science and Technology (Scientec) is to promote responsible and sustainable tourism, with an emphasis on monitoring the health of the ecosystem and the permanent involvement of users in conservation measures.

You know how to preserve aims to promote responsible tourism in the municipality of Icapuí, Ceará, in order to strengthen community tourism, allowing the orderly visit of observation and experience through a Participatory Tourism Plan. The initiative belongs to the Association for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (Aquasis) and will provide technical and legal support to various social actors, to promote the strengthening of tourism activities for the conservation of manatees and migratory birds.

Discovering the ocean on the route of sea turtles, from the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Península de Maraú in Bahia, integrates a set of local actions to connect tourism, residents, tourists and public authorities, in order to reduce the pressure on natural resources arising from cluttered tourism. The project works from the dissemination of ocean culture through educational tourism circuits and the development of an application that connects people and businesses with the conservation of the ocean and turtles.

Promoting ecotourism in APA Costa dos Corais, developed by the Recifal Conservation project in Alagoas, aims to promote participatory tourism in the monitoring of coral reefs in the largest coastal-marine conservation unit in Brazil. The process includes training tourists and empowering them to collect data during snorkeling trips, and a team of researchers will make quarterly expeditions to compare and validate the data collected.

How to turn towers to the sea?an initiative of the Rio Grande do Sul Aquatic Mammal Studies Group (Gemars), which aims to provide face-to-face and virtual observation of Torres wildlife, in addition to drawing the city’s attention to its coast by implementing wolf-watching tourism. and sea lions, without having to be on board.

Torres para o Mar project: face-to-face and virtual observation of Torres marine life. – Photo: Disclosure

Bar buttons aims to increase community tourism related to nature conservation in Barra do Rio Tramandaí, RS. Through participatory methods of training and awareness of local actors, capitalizing on services and the picturesque beauty of the landscape, the NGO Kaosa project aims to catalyze the sustainability of fishing and coastal communities.

Caminhos do Mar – Natural tourism for the conservation of Babitonga Bay, in Santa Catarina, intends to promote tourism on board to observe nature, such as porpoises, the smallest dolphin in the world, which is threatened with extinction. The project, developed by the Educational Foundation of the Joinville Region, aims to generate the technical basis for carrying out activities and transfer the generated products to a network of collaborators, including young people taking a technical course in tourism. The generated products have a great potential to be transformed into public policies.

Diving with Mero, from the Associação Ambientalista Terra Viva, aims to develop captive production technology for group fish and create protocols for youth management, mapping areas with the capacity to release, repopulate and stimulate megafauna sightseeing tourism. The project, located in the state of São Paulo, will provide training to traditional communities in order to promote ocean culture, enabling group observation tourism and strengthening the surrounding communities.

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