Protection of water sources through reforestation activities
In 2013, the Foundation started on a new reforestation project in the region of Minas Gerais, carried out through a partnership with local NGO Instituto Terra.
The local partner for this initiative, Instituto Terra, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization created 12 years ago. It intends to promote and support programs and activities in the fields of environmental preservation, recovery, management and education. Focused on the recuperation of the forest ecosystem, Instituto Terra’s activities consist in reforestation, research, education and watershed management. It is based at the Private Reserve of Natural Heritage Fazenda Bulcão, near the border of the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo.
The Private Reserve of Natural Heritage Fazenda Bulcão, in 2000 and in 2012.
The project that Anne Fontaine Foundation is supporting, aims at the recovery and protection of water sources through replantation in damaged areas of the Atlantic Forest. The purpose is to recover 20 water springs located in plots of land owned by small farmers. 0.7 hectares of the Atlantic Forest will be reforested around each source (3,000 trees will be planted over one year), which will increase both flow streams and forest coverage. Ultimately, the program is meant to improve the access and quality of water in the area, and to benefit the rural economy. It will be executed in synergy with the land owners, and properly monitored at all stages through analysis and data collection on soil use in the involved areas, as well as on water quantity and quality. This initiative is part of a wider program, called Olhos d’Água.
Through this program, started in 2010, Instituto Terra has dedicated its efforts to protecting over 324 water sources, and collaborated with over 237 small rural farmers. This program, sponsored by public and private institutions, has been selected by “United Nations-Water” as one of 70 best practices in the world aimed at the recovery and conservation of water resources on our planet. In 2011, it was also presented at the Zaragoza Conference (Spain), on the Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio + 20.
The project will be implemented in a micro-catchment of the Rio Capim, in the Municipality of Aimorés, Minas Gerais, a part of the Rio Doce watershed.
The Anne Fontaine Foundation is proud to receive the support of Caudalie for this reforestation initiative. Also a member of 1% For the Planet, Caudalie is committed to the preservation of ecosystems through sustainable initiatives.