What we do
This component consists of actions designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native vegetation on properties. Given the major impact they have on ecosystem services, conservation and restoration actions are one of the primary elements of the CPIP.
Water resources management
Efficient water resources management is a key component of the Cerrado Waters Consortium’s strategy. Besides being the most important indicator of the results of interventions, the sustainable use and health of the region’s watersheds is a priority in the current context of water scarcity.
Water resource governance and monitoring is precarious in the majority of municipalities in the Cerrado, particularly in Patrocínio, our pilot watershed. To be effective, water resource monitoring programs require detailed information on water usage and the quantity and quality of water in the region’s watersheds. This information is essential not only for the Consortium and water and sewage companies, but also for improving the efficiency of water use in agriculture, especially on cropland and pastures.
The concept of climate-smart agriculture was invented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2010. According to the official definition, climate-smart agriculture “sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes greenhouse gases (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals.” Climate-smart interventions are agreed in the Individual Property Plan contract, which sets out the costs, resources, and indicators, and respective commitments undertaken by the Cerrado Waters Consortium and property owner.