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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Brazil 2019
Plantando Águas works with small family farmers, rural settlements and families living in conservation units in the state of São Paulo to improve the quality of water in these areas, to help the families become more sustainable and adequate to the local environmental laws. Its actions include the implantation of low-cost basic sanitation systems, using social technologies, participatory monitoring of the quality of water, agroforestry plantations and riparian forestry recuperation, rural technical assistance; and environmental education activities with students of the public system
Riparian forests are directly related to the maintenance of water supply and quality, and the state of São Paulo lost most of its coverage, having only 17,5% of its territory covered by forests. Every region within the scope of the project presents basic sanitation deficiency, which leads to the contamination of soil, surface, and underground waters. Most of those areas have low vegetation covering with vegetation deficit in riparian areas, resulting in siltation and pollution of water resources.
Iniciativa Verde (The Green Initiative) installs bio-septic tanks, asocial technology developed by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) for the treatment of black waters (sewage from human waste), Filtering Gardens for the treatment of gray water (sewage rich in soaps), cisterns to capture rainwater, and a simple device to chlorinate the water used for human consumption. Along with these facilities, the company monitors the quality of water at various points.
The use of Agroforestry Systems as a tool to achieve landscape and biodiversity conservation is innovative in this project. It already contributed to increasing the income of the participants, while also helping to recover the vegetation coverage of the land. By joining two different pathways of environmental education, formal and technical assistance and rural extension, Plantando Águas expanded the ways of assimilation by the participants, integrating theory and practice and building the processes of learning together.