bloomtrigger heading for Brazil…
September 7, 2010 § 2 Comments
I am very excited to announce that in only a couple of days I will making my way over to Brazil to visit the Amazon rainforest and scope out the Brazilian market for bloomtrigger. For the next 3 weeks in September I will be travelling up and down Brazil to put some foundations in place for ‘the bloomtrigger project’.
The first 2 week leg of my trip involves travelling deep into the Amazon to visit the Xixuaú-Xiparina Reserve, an area of 450,000 acres of pristine rainforest within the Amazonas and Roraima States of Brazil. This reserve is located 450Km northwest of Manaus on the junction of the Xixuaú and Xiparina creeks and the Jauperi River. The reserve is under the management and protection of a Brazilian NGO, the Amazon Association (AA), formed by and for the benefit of the native inhabitants of the region. I will be visiting the reserve with Rosana Della Mea bloomtrigger’s lead environmental consultant to identify if the area will be suitable for inclusion in the bloomtrigger project. After travelling for 4 days by air, boat and foot, we will spend a week living amongst the local community to understand how the community live with their forest and how they believe it should be protected for their future generations. It will be my first time in the Amazon rainforest, offering me the chance to experience the epic scale of this vast landscape with its high biodiversity, playful monkeys and bloodsucking mosquitoes.
We will also be spending some time in the Tumbiras Rio Negro Reserve and meeting with people from FAS (Fundação Amazonas Sustentável). This will be a great opportunity to see how the FAS management team is working on the ground to implement a conservation strategy at an early stage. After a short stay here we will return by boat to Manaus, the capital of the Amazon to soak up some dirt, atmosphere and Amazon city life in between meetings. This industrial city in the heart of the Amazon has grown to a population of almost 2 million and has become an influential factor for deforestation in the region.
Our final week in Brazil will be spent in Curitiba, the capital city of the southern state of Paraná. Curitiba is often referred to as the ‘green’ city of Brazil, as it is a centre for sustainability and economic development. Here we will be attending a sustainability conference as well as meeting with several Brazilian companies to carry out our market research and to scope out potential partnerships with Brazilian organisations, who could support our project. Unfortunately it will be the peak of Brazil’s winter during our visit, so perhaps not the warmest time to be in the south, however the weather is unlikely to prevent this Englishman from checking out the legendary Brazilian beach life and having a dip in the Atlantic ocean!
I will be posting up some images from the Amazon so keep an eye on this blog.
Tchau por enquanto,