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GEF Private Areas workshop in São João pilot area

The first GEF Private Areas workshop was held on March 27, at the São João river basin area, in Silva Jardim-RJ. The event brought together landowners, extension workers, members of local associations and local and state government bodies, local environmental secretariats and Natural Private Permanent Reserves’ owners. During the event – led by IIS in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) –  the participants worked in groups to raise difficulties and identify solutions to the six main strategies the project addresses: Owner awareness, Creation  and Monitoring of demonstration units, Extension agents training, Development of legal commitments, and Access to economic incentives – with the objective of guaranteeing the improvement of landscape and forests sustainable management, and the recovery of native vegetation.