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Annual fraternization brought together team that works for the conservation of the natural areas maintained in the SPVS reserves
With the objective of celebrating the results achieved in 2017, the Society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education (SPVS) promoted on December 15 a trip of fellowship among the team that works with the conservation of natural areas in the coast of Paraná. The employees were able to visit Vila Velha State Park (PE) and Buraco do Padre, located in the city of Ponta Grossa (PR).
Both are conservation units that maintain preserved formations of sandstones, native fields, craters and waterfalls, as well as endemic and endangered species such as the maned wolf, the anteater, the howler monkey and the parrot- purple These areas are part of the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of the Devonian Escarpment, the largest conservation unit in the State of Paraná. The work carried out in PE Vila Velha and in Buraco do Padre is similar to the activities developed by the SPVS in the natural reserves Guaricica, Águas and Papagaio-de-cara-roxa, on the northern coast of Paraná.
Together, SPVS reserves total 18.7 thousand hectares of area conserved in the largest continuous remnant of the Atlantic Forest biome. These areas guarantee the protection of sources of water abstraction; conducting scientific research; the provision of ecosystem services; the generation of direct and indirect jobs; in addition to the transfer of annual economic resources to the municipalities of Antonina and Guaraqueçaba through the Ecological ICMS.
“The dedication of the employees is essential for results to be achieved,” says SPVS reservations coordinator Reginaldo Ferreira. “Many of them were born in the region and its surroundings, so they have historical information about the areas. This knowledge added to the technical and administrative-financial capacity is what guarantees the quality of the management of the reserves, “he adds.
Among the results achieved and celebrated in 2017 are the first tapir record; the reform in the Center for Environmental Education in the Guaricica Reserve; the launching of the Nature Conservation School Project with the formation of 50 young people of Antonina in nature conservation; the rapprochement with representatives of the Conservation Land Trust (CLT); the continuity of 11 scientific research; and strengthening the relationship with public, private and academia partners working in the region.
“Our activities include monitoring these areas to avoid deforestation and the presence of hunters, monitoring researchers to carry out studies, and maintaining trails and physical structures,” says Elizeu Congrossi, Reserve Assistant. “For us who walked through these areas when they were still buffalo farms, it is very gratifying to reap the fruits of this work, to see the conserved areas and to have guaranteed a better quality of life for us and for future generations,” adds Antônio da Veiga, Guaricica Reserve Assistant.
“These results prove the importance of the integrated work between management and reserve management,” explains Liz Buck, SPVS project coordinator. “In addition, we need to emphasize the infrastructure resources available in the reserves. The housing, equipment, security structure, track mapping and internet network contribute significantly to the activities of employees, researchers and visitors. “
The meeting of the employees during the fraternization allowed to celebrate all these achievements and to add expectations so that the work for the conservation of nature practiced in the reserves of the SPVS, in the State Park of Vila Velha and in the Buraco do Padre is expanded to new areas and contributes to the generation positive results for both nature and economic and social development.
State Park Vila Velha
The Vila Velha State Park, created in 1953 and listed as Historical and Artistic Patrimony of the State of Paraná in 1966, has more than three thousand hectares of areas dedicated exclusively to the conservation of the Atlantic Forest biome. In this conservation unit it is possible to find rock formations sculpted by nature, craters with vegetation and cover more than 100 meters of crystal clear water, and several species of fauna and flora threatened with extinction.
The natural beauties of this area attract thousands of visitors every year and allow the development of several scientific researches, mainly geographic, as well as many actions of environmental education and leisure.
Buraco do Padre
The Buraco do Padre is part of the Campos Gerais National Park to guarantee the preservation of a 30 meter high waterfall, as well as fauna and flora species of the Atlantic Forest biome. This important preserved scenic beauty inspired the meditation of Jesuit priests who attended there, justifying, therefore, the name of this area.
In 2017 the trails and walkways of the conservation unit were revitalized and adapted to allow the access of people with special needs and difficulties of getting to the waterfall.