|BJF Corridor Mapping project||One of the first success cases for the Corridor|
Deskresearch and fieldwork: by mapping the entire 10.4 million hectare corridor zone and identifying all land-owners who will be the key to the corridor's success.
The 'Corridor Zone' is the area 20km to the left and right of the Araguaia river (1,900 km) and Tocantins river (700 km). It comprises 10.4 million hectares.
For the Corridor Alliance to be able to approach persons or companies owning land in the corridor zone, it is essential to first identify these persons and companies. It is one of the BJF's task to map the entire corridor zone and identify all owners and put this data in a user friendly system.
The governments in Central Brazil do not yet have an efficient and professional system in place that could provide such a 'list' of owners. In many cases, only the names of holdings-entities show up - if any data are available at all. Field-work and research are therefore required to identify the persons or companies behind these entities - hectare by hectare in those cases when no data is available or when the data are not current.
Other than obtaining the data required, BJF will arrange to build a user-friendly software system for the data to be stored and monitored. The front-end of this program will look like a satellite image of the Corridor Zone. When zooming in, each property belonging to a person or company will become visible. Further zooming in, the name of the property owner with up-to-date contact details will be displayed.
Only once all the data have been gathered and systematized, can the next project step be taken: to approach the landowners and start the lobbying and educational process of convincing them to become a participant in the Araguaia Corridor. This phase will be carried out by Brazil-based partners, such as JCF, IBAMA and other local organizations.
First priority is to build a ‘working version’ of a software program, so we can enter and store all the data, online. Simultaneously, desk&field research will be carried from the start. The desk&field operations will be organized and executed from 4 locations along the Araguaia Corridor:
KM 0 Emas National Park & city of Goiania - state of Goáis
KM 1200 Cantão State Park & city of Palmas - state of Tocantins
KM 1900 Marabá - state of Pará
KM 2500 Belém - state of Pará
The BJF realizes that this kind of fieldwork will be extensive and very time-consuming.
Below a pictogram dated April 2011, where a farmer/large landowner allocated 600HA back to original forest. It forms a critical link between Emas National Park and the very beginning of the Araguaia River Corridor. The area has been replanted with 111.658 indigenous plants and trees. From farmland to now 'protected nature reserve'.
Below the aerial view of the same 600 HA converted land into 'Protected Natural Reserve', linking
Emas Park with Araguaia River Corridor - April 2011.