Prevention, control and monitoring of fires in the Brazilian Cerrado
As of: September 2021
Deforestation and bush fires in the Brazilian Cerrado, the worlds species richest savanne formation, are responsible for 24% of the green house gas emissions from land use change in Brazil. The project aimed at reducing the bush fires and by this the maintainance of the Cerrado ecosystem. Fire prevention, fire control and the improvement of the monitoring system for deforestation and fires in the Cerrado have been activities to achieve the project goals. A technical and a financial cooperation (GIZ and KfW) complemented each other.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed.
- Databases and maps have been updated for the five protected areas in the project region.
- Recommendation has been prepared for a radio communication system.
- Focal areas have been defined for a programme on disseminating alternatives to the use of fire as an agricultural method.
- Experiences drawn from integrated fire management are feeding into the ongoing efforts to develop a national fire management policy.
- Main achievement of the project is a paradigm shift and transformative change of the Brazilian fire policies.
- A joint learning process of project team and partners clarified that fire was an integral aspect of the vegetation and ecosystem of the Cerrado that is mainly responsible for its high biodiversity.
- In the last project phase, the project team introduce the approach of integrated fire management (IFM) in additional protected areas and build capacities in related institutions.
- Courses on IFM for 40 multiplicators conducted, training for development and application of fuel maps for 16 staff of partner institutions conducted.