Program for conservation interventions in the agricultural environment
45% of the South Brazilian Region’s (Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande States) GDB is from agriculture, and 47% of that is produced by small scale family farmers. This region is also the main agricultural center for the country and an important spot for agricultural ﬁeld companies.
At the same time, habitat fragmentation and the low environmental quality of most parts of these fragments are a signiﬁcant threat to the maintenance of environmental services, to sustaining agriculture and to the people in the region. Agriculture and silviculture are the biggest threats to the remaining fragments of the Atlantic and Araucaria forests.
These fragments exist in land that is, in most instances, privately owned by small farmers and are surrounded by agriculture. The private owned areas are strategic to maintain the viability of ecosystem services and the remaining elements of biodiversity which, in turn, underpin the agricultural productivity of this region.
From this scenario, SPVS and its partners seek to strengthen business cases and engage agribusiness companies in the issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services management on farms. Some companies already have performance standards for their contractors (e.g. labor conditions, safety requirements, environmental compliance etc.), but biodiversity and ecosystem services are often not addressed. Nevertheless it is imperative to demonstrate that agricultural systems are dependent on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Conforming rural properties to conservation practices
Providing adequate orientation for landowners interested in optimizing natural assets towards greater economic return from their activities and minimizing risks of losing environmental services is a specialty SPVS invests in the Southern Brazilian Highlands.