Photo: Daniel Derevecki
Photo: Daniel Derevecki
Report 2016
Matopiba Definition
New passion fruits
Mangoes exports
Assai palm management
Sweet potato BRS Amelia
Sudan grass BRS Estribo
Araucaria Roads
Route of the Lamb
Database of Social Actions
Portuguese Version
Reports of previous years
Embrapa in Brazil
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Project Araucaria Roads increases the income
of small producers, stimulates rural tourism and
contributes to the environmental protection

The Araucaria angustifolia, known as Araucaria, Brazilian pine or Parana pine, is the species symbol of the southern region of Brazil. However, its intensive exploitation for decades, coupled with deforestation for agricultural expansion, caused strong population decline of the species. Along with it, several species of animals dependent on its pine nuts for the winter have become equally threatened. The solution found by Embrapa to this problem was to stimulate familiar producers of the states of Parana and Santa Catarina (area of occurrence of this species), with the support of public and private institutions of the region (state departments, institutes, universities and rural extension) to plant seedlings of Araucaria on the side of theirs properties along the roads. From the planting of 200 seedlings they receive BRL 5.00 for each, totalling an income of BRL 1,000 per year. The payment for environmental services is carried out by the Group DSR-Solutions and Logistics Intelligence, which acquires the carbon sequestered by the trees to offset greenhouse gas emissions. That payment takes place annually until the trees fully completed theirs development in 15 years, when they will produce pine nuts that, marketed, maintains financial gains with the project. In addition to income to the producers, this work promotes the creation of green corridors alongside the roads, stimulates rural tourism and rehabilitation of ecosystems and increases tree populations for selecting genotypes for breeding programs at Embrapa. So far 68 rural properties in four municipalities were benefited with resources in the order of BR 300,000.

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Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
Secretariat of Management and Institutional Development
Secretariat for Communications

Parque Estação Biológica - PqEB s/n°.
Brasília, DF - Brasil - Zip Code 70770-901
Phone: (5561) 3448-4433 - Fax: (5561) 3347-1041