The Environmental Education and Governance team of the Nascentes do Saí outreach project, under the coordination of Professor Rodrigo de Almeida Mohedano from the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, promoted, throughout April and May, a series of training sessions with the community of the Distrito do Saí, in the city of São Francisco do Sul (SC). There were four short courses given by professors and researchers from UFSC, in addition to self-employed professionals who work in the socio-environmental field. Through video classes, contents on mapping, protected areas, ecosystem services and income generation from conservation units, were addressed.
In the first short course, participants learned about the recognition of territory through cartographic representations. The maps were used to identify the location, topographic characteristics, vegetation, soil use and the process of human occupation in the Distrito do Saí. In the second course, concepts related to protected areas were shared, such as permanent preservation areas and conservation units, and the main laws that regulate the subject in Brazil. Furthermore, the participants were able to understand the process of creation and management of these conservation units, as well as the main instruments of management and social participation.
The third short course dealt with the theme of ecosystem services and sustainable ways to use and manage the territory of the Distrito do Saí. From this, participants were able to identify the natural resources, the services nature can offer and recognize the value of these goods for the promotion of quality of life. Finally, in the last short course, the possibilities for generating income from protected areas were explored. Activities that can economically benefit the resident population of the Distrito do Saí were identified, such as tourism potential through community-based tourism, meliponiculture and agroforestry.
Translated by SINTER/UFSC
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