Jaguaruna, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Certified through 2022
Jaguaruna Forest Reserve
SIBELCO IN SCHOOLS
About the Program
SIBELCO’s Unidade Jaguaruna comprises three active silica sand quarries - Jaboticabeira, Morro Bonito, and Olho D’água, located in the southeastern Atlantic coast of Santa Catarina state, in far southern Brazil. The Jaguaruna sites manage 101 acres comprising a threatened forest type called restinga, a transitional woodland ecosystem between coastal dunes and inland forests. SIBELCO’s conservation efforts in the area are twofold: First is the preservation of intact restinga fragments, and the recovery of restinga impacted by mining activity through monitoring, revegetation, and invasive species control. Secondly, SIBELCO conducts community education and outreach efforts that aimed at helping local students understand the various recovery processes, local flora, fauna, and ecosystems, as well as to develop a conservation ethic that empowers citizens to be active players in local conservation efforts.
Practices and Impacts
- Since its inception in 2005, SIBELCO’s reforestation efforts in the restinga habitat focus on strategies that maximize plant species and structural diversity, which attracts diverse wildlife and promotes ecological succession. Most recently, the land monitored and managed for the benefit of local biodiversity was expanded by 30 hectares (74 acres).
- SIBELCO in Schools educational efforts began in 2019, and in that short time, reached dozens of seventh grade students in three participating schools. Efforts center on teaching about the restinga ecosystem, as well as SIBELCO’s environmental recovery processes there. University students are also invited to collect data and gain field research experience in the managed habitat, which generates greater understanding of the restinga.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHC INDEX IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY