Protection of Water Sources through Reforestation Activities : 6,500 Trees Planted
Since 2013, the Anne Fontaine Foundation has been supporting a reforestation project in the region of Minas Gerais, carried out through a partnership with a local NGO Instituto Terra. This initiative is part of a wider program, called Olhos d’Água. Through this program, which started in 2010, Instituto Terra has dedicated its efforts to protecting over 324 water sources, and collaborated with over 237 small rural farmers. This initiative, 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 local partner for this initiative, Instituto Terra, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization created 15 years ago by the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lelia. 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 project Anne Fontaine Foundation supports aims at the recovery and protection of water sources through replantation in damaged areas of the Atlantic Forest. The purpose is to recover water springs located in plots of land owned by small farmers. 0.7 hectares of the Atlantic Forest are reforested around each source, which increase both flow streams and forest coverage. Ultimately, the program improve the access and quality of water in the area, and benefit the rural economy. It is 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.
With the support of the Anne Fontaine Foundation, 6,500 trees have been planted on 25 restored hectares.