• Actions in Lowlands of Southern Bahia focus on environmental conservation

    DATE: 07/02/2019

    Published by: Norberto Odebrecht Foundation

    According to the global survey Easy Day 2019 conducted by Instituto Ipsos, deforestation is one of the topics that Brazilians are most worried about, followed by water pollution and proper waste disposal. In the Lowlands of Southern Bahia, these concerns and the need to work in harmony with nature are reflected by the actions of the member institutions of the Program for Development and Growth Integrated with Sustainability (PDCIS), an initiative of the Odebrecht Foundation.

    PDCIS member institutions conduct environmental conservation actions

    In 2018, important results in environmental conservation were achieved in the region. At the Family Homes that are part of the PDCIS, the young students delve into the topic during practical and theoretical classes, which in the last year alone amounted to 1,200 hours of study in environmental education. “We constantly participate in actions that help us to understand the importance of protecting ecosystems and biodiversity,” explained Gabriela Rocha, a student in the third year at the Agroforestry Family Home (Cfaf). The Igrapiúna Rural Family Home (CFR-I) and the Presidente Tancredo Neves Rural Family Home (CFR-PTN) also work with environmental education.

    According to Gabriela, classroom debates on the topic help to reinforce the notion that it really is possible to practice sustainable agriculture. “Working sustainably is essential. We can’t just keep taking resources from nature or future generations won’t be able to farm,” she said.

    Aline Novais, who holds a master’s degree in Agronomy and teaches Biology at CFR-I, said that the objective of environmental education is to instill in the students’ routine agroecological practices and to encourage them to share these practices with others in the community. “They work to raise awareness of the need to produce in harmony with nature. In 2019, we are working with the students’ families the importance of having septic tanks and of adopting special care in the case of biological waste. Meanwhile, the students disseminate these topics among their neighbors,” she said.

    Making a difference

    More than 27,000 trees were planted by OCT in 2018

    The results achieved in 2018 by the Earth Conservation Organization (OCT), another organization of the PDCIS, were of special importance to the families benefitted and the region of the Lowlands of Southern Bahia. For example, 27,350 trees were planted by the organization, bringing the total number of trees planted since 2012 to 240,000. OCT also worked to neutralize 32 tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Since 2012, the organization already has neutralized 2,345 tons of the gas.

    Joaquim Cardoso, executive director of the OCT, reiterated that the initiatives help to improve the living conditions of the producers supported.” Environmental conservation is the essence of integrated and sustainable development. OCT’s strategy is to share knowledge and experiences with its beneficiaries to help them reflect on how to improve the future of this and other generations,” he said.

    Two other important actions conducted by OCT were recovering 30 headwaters (245 since 2012) and installing 20 septic tanks on rural properties. Rogério Ribeiro, coordinator of the environmental conservation area of OCT, said that, “more importantly than just meeting our targets, it’s very gratifying to be able to help empower local actors and replicate the knowledge acquired, which has a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved.”

    Did you know that environmental education is one of the six work fronts of the Odebrecht Foundation? Check it out!


    No comments

    Want to learn more
    about the subject?

    Click here and leave you suggestion
    for the next post

    Related news


    Last week, OR participated as a sponsor of the III ESG Forum in Salvador, held by the newspaper Correio....

    June 04, 2024

    For the second year running, the Norberto Odebrecht Foundation has been recognized as a Great Place to Work, an...

    May 22, 2024

    With the aspiration of perpetuating practices, principles and processes integrated into its operations, the Norberto Odebrecht Foundation launched its...

    May 14, 2024

    Once again, the Norberto Odebrecht Foundation is taking a step forward in its journey to build a fairer and...

    May 03, 2024