POVOS DO CERRADO: MAPPING TRADITIONAL PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES
The Cerrado is home to a thriving and rich sociobiodiversity comprising more than 80 indigenous ethnicities, countless segments of Traditional Peoples and Communities, such as the Quilombola Remnant Communities, Geraizeiros, riverside communities, Babassu tree collectors, among many others who traditionally occupy the biome.
These communities have a strong relationship of belonging to their territory and carrying tradition in their different ways of living with the standing Cerrado. Their knowledge, ways of life, identities, cultural and economic practices depend directly on the preservation of the territory.
The Povos Do Cerrado
Program seeks to map and strengthen the territoriality of traditional peoples and communities and family farmers who live in the Cerrado.
The Program's lines of action bring together the identification of communities through bibliographic research, support for self-mapping and registration in the "Tô no Mapa" mobile app, developed by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN ) and Cerrado Network.
Peoples and Communities registered with Povos do Cerrado can choose to learn how to use the Suindara Fire and Deforestation Alert System, developed by Cerrados Institute to monitor partners’ areas.
In addition, the Territory Formalization Guide is offered, an unprecedented document that points out the institutional paths that some segments of Traditional Peoples and Communities must follow to start the regularization of their territories.
We carry out actions under this program with the support of the Good Growth Partnership (GGP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), WWF-Brazil, as well asAmazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Society, Population and Nature Society Institute (ISPN), Rede Cerrado, Climate and Land Alliance - CLUA, and Global Witness. Methodology
The Program's methodology was built with the objective of identifying and supporting Traditional Peoples and Communities in the process of self-mapping and registration in the Tô no Mapa tool.
In the research phase, an extensive bibliographic survey is carried out seeking records of Traditional Peoples and Communities, providing a first overview of the universe of traditional communities in each of the municipalities that make up the Cerrado biome. This work stands out as an unprecedented effort.
For the first phase of the project, the presence of Traditional Peoples and Communities in more than 583 municipalities in the Cerrado, half of the territorial extension occupied by the biome, was analyzed. An area equivalent to more than 100 thousand hectares (1 million km²), larger than Portugal, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland combined.
At this stage, we have identified more than five thousand traditional communities. In the second phase, we have so far tracked more than 600 traditional and rural family farming communities in 140 municipalities.
The local articulation line is developed in partnership with local institutions and organizations that already operate in the territory. From this point on, the Peoples of the Cerrado Program offers a workshop to support the complete self-mapping of communities through registration in the “Tô no Mapa” mobile app. In this process, the community has full autonomy to enter and edit its data, as well as share the report generated by the app.
More than 90 traditional communities have already been mapped with the registration completed in the Povos do Cerrado project and in the “Tô no Mapa” app of the mapped area and 135 territories occupied by Traditional Peoples and Communities and Family Farmers, with 60 territories in the first stage and 75 in the second.
In July 2022, the 3rd stage of self-mapping of Povos do Cerrado began in the Tô no Mapa app, in partnership with IPAM. We are currently in the process of registering territories in the State of Maranhão, covering the self-mapping of 50 territories where Traditional Peoples and Communities and Family Farmers of the Cerrado biome are located. Follow our continuous map with the communities that have registered for the Povos do Cerrado Project: