4,500 fountainheads and springs are found within CENIBRA’s properties
Growing consumption and waste, water spring contamination as a result of ineffective management, and climate change have led to an imbalance between the supply of and demand for fresh water suitable for human use. Water shortage impacts not only human health, but also ecosystems, Brazil’s social and economic development, and the direction of international relations between nations.
This water crisis did not happen overnight and is not related to any specific economic sector. Rather, it is the outcome of a long chain of events, among them being the unrestricted, irresponsible use of water resources, inefficient management practices, and the lack of public water conservation policies. It is of fundamental importance that everyone understands the solution relies on effective actions and serious partnerships aimed at reshaping water use by society at large (businesses, institutions, and people) and its recovery and conservation.
CENIBRA’s environmental management practices seek a balance between its operations and environmental preservation. Vegetation, wildlife, soil, and water monitoring programs are behind the company’s strategies regarding conservation and protection of its natural heritage, comprising in excess of 103,000 hectares of native forests. This area, which is larger than that legally required, is home to varied wildlife and features numerous streams and ponds, which are properly protected in line with applicable regulations. More than 4,500 fountainheads and springs are found within CENIBRA’s properties. They are adequately protected, provide clean water to neighboring communities, and favor biodiversity. In view of the current scenario, the Company reformulated its water intake procedures without impacting water availability for other users. It reduced the number of intake points and adjusted the intake volume as a function of several parameters, such as water availability, demand for crop irrigation, and road wetting to reduce dust generation and improve traffic conditions.
Fountainhead recovery in the municipality of Periquito
A partnership among CENIBRA Institute, APRAFASC (Family Farmers’ Association of Santa Cruz), the National Farming Learning Service, and the Rural Union of Governador Valadares promoted a course on water spring recovery and protection for farmers in the municipality of Periquito in January 2018. The course aimed at training farmers and rural extension professionals and fostering the exchange of information about regionally adopted technologies. Through this partnership, CENIBRA Institute takes effective action to fight the water crisis and spares no efforts to recover and protect this essential resource.
Fountainhead protection cooperation in Peçanha
Also in January, CENIBRA provided water spring conservation and protection kits in the region of Peçanha, Minas Gerais, in continuation of its Environmental Recovery Program in partnership with IEF (State Forest Institute), EMATER (Rural Technology Support Company of Minas Gerais), the Municipal Government of Peçanha, and local farmers. The ultimate objective is to increase water availability and improve water quality in the Suaçuí Pequeno River watershed, which is one of the main water sources for Peçanha.
In addition to fencing material, farmers are given guidance on fountainhead protection and recovery techniques.