Photos with children: Thiago Foresti / Forest comunicação
Fazenda São Nicolau started operating 40 years ago, as a reforestation project made possible through financial support from the Peugeot company to the French state-owned National Office of Forests (ONF), which sought to reforest an area of 2 thousand hectares deforested in the Amazon rainforest in Mato Grosso state as a pilot and living prototype and, at the same time, demonstrate the feasibility of sequestering atmospheric carbon through a tree plantation.
Considered a testing ground for public policies that harmonize the economic growth of agricultural frontier areas with forest conservation, located in Cotriguaçu, in the so-called arc of deforestation, Fazenda São Nicolau benefits small-scale producers, public managers, students and teachers from schools and public universities.
In addition to the 450,000 carbon credits available, the farm offers products from the integration of agriculture, livestock and forest: leased area for cattle breeding in the silvopastoral system, with the intention of owning a herd and high potential for replication in the local community; coffee benefited by three companies, with participatory certification; 35 tons of cacao per year; marketing 160 tons of Brazil nuts per year; teak wood for sawmill and by-products; timber from native trees under sustainable management, absorbed by five lumber companies in the region; fauna and flora potential for ecotourism; nursery with a production capacity of 15 thousand seedlings per year.
São Nicolau provides technicians to support and develop projects for the local community, develops an environmental education program with students, promotes and authorizes research in its native forest, has a Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN) and generates jobs for 20 people in the community.
In a new phase, the actions are also focused on achieving the farm’s economic sustainability, based on some products from the forest environment: commercial teak, native timber from sustainable management and carbon credit (certificate subject to commercialization).
“We are making a transition, seeing the farm also as an impact business. In addition to the initial objective of promoting carbon sequestration, we saw that it is time to insert new attributes to bring financial sustainability to the project. During all these years we did a good environmental and social work, we followed the emergence and gave support to an association of Brazil nut collectors, we received more than five thousand students from the region. For us to become a reference we need to include economic viability in the system. To show that it is smart and viable to work for the forest and to be a supportive point for the communities. We are looking to generate resources, and I look forward to the moment when we may, perhaps, make resources available for other projects”, analyzes Saulo Ramos, a member of Fazenda São Nicolau.
What was said about the business
STAGE OF BUSSINESS
ORGANIZATION OF THE BUSSINESS
WHAT IS THE BUSINESS?
Development, at Fazenda São Nicolau, of several sustainable and replicable productive activities, with an emphasis on agroforestry and silvopastoral systems, seeking to form local productive arrangements with neighboring farmers.
WHAT DOES IT SOLVE?
It develops a series of productive activities in the Amazon, integrating economic viability and positive socioenvironmental impact.
POSITIVE SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
Knowledge generation and conservation of Amazonian biodiversity, ecosystem regeneration, environmental education, training, job diversification and income improvement for family farmers in the region.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
LIFE ON LAND
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Coffee and honey from organic agroforestry systems, sustainable livestock, native wood from a sustainable forest management plan, teak wood, VCS certified carbon credits, ecotourism.
Implementation of 60 ha of agroforestry and silvopastoral systems with the involvement of 20 farming families; 600,000 tCO2eq stored in reforestation plantations that have already generated 360,000 tradable VERs credits; net revenue of R$ 1,200,000.00 (including native wood, teak, carbon credits and ecotourism).
DOES IT MAKE ITS PURPOSE CLEAR?
DOES IT MONITOR ITS IMPACT?
WAS IT ACCELERATED?
DID IT RECEIVED INVESTMENT?