What We Do
The Pontes para o Crescimento (Brigdes for Growth) Institute promotes significant activities for real benefit of the Caatinga Biome, such as: production and donation of seed and seedling for reforestation, free environmental education actions, dissemination of organic compost and scientific researches to protect the biodiversity of the region.
Our Environmental Education Programme connects rural communities of Northeastern Brazil and everyone around the world with our Caatinga. It creates awareness of the issues impacting this biome from which we all benefit, as well as it takes actions to improve and preserve that.
We share essential knowledge, allowing all of us to develop attitudes which generate responsibility towards sustainable living. Our programme offers the skills we need to be creative problem solvers and become good environmental citizens.
Benefits of Environmental Education
- To develop critical and creative thinking skills.
- To promote the understanding of how decisions and actions affect the environment and to build the necessary knowledge and skills to address 21st-centuryenvironmental issues.
- To fostertolerance and understanding.
- To enhance sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for the environment.
- To reduce stress due to increased time spent in nature.
- To stimulategood nutrition.
- To promote sense of place and connection through thecommunity involvement.
- To save money by learning actions to improve costs in electricity, water, waste management, and more.
- To improve the level of eco-friendlybehaviour through recycling, energy efficiency, rational use of water, among others.
Healthy forests contribute to society and the planet, providing ecosystem services, strengthening livelihoods, providing clean water and air, helping to conserve biodiversity and responding against climate change. Besides, much of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity is found in forests. For that reason, forests must be protected with rational planning, which allows their natural regeneration while complementing it through tree planting.
Reforestation is a complex task that involves several social systems, and thus it is possible to create the conditions for the land to continue supporting human life.
Benefits of Reforestation
- Preservation of wildlife habitat
- Clean and abundant water
- Carbon sequestration
- Opportunity for entertainment activities in nature
- Reduction of soil erosion
- Maintenance of genetic biodiversity
- Protection and restorationof the aquatic ecosystems
- Opportunity for hands-on activities and workshops
Our research centre was consolidated due to a partnership with the Federal University in Ceará (UFC), mediated by a faculty member, the PhD Lamartine Oliveira, with the planning, implementation and management of the Caatinga’s native species forest seedling nursery. And that partnership aims to mobilize the institutional and individual capacities of our team, partners and students, encouraging innovation and strengthening scientific research. In this sense, we established environmental conservation management strategies, like research to combat invasive species, production of seedlings, construction of a seed bank, and environmental education actions, promoting access for all people.
We also signed an agreement with the UFC Internship Agency, creating opportunities for students to add values to their undergraduate courses and assist them in their capacity building. Together with this eminent institution, we ensure that the knowledge produced reaches the actors in the carnauba’s production chain and the rural communities, contributing to making their actions more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Generation of solutions to environmental problems
Inclusive education for all
Strengthening of scientific research
Development of sustainable technologies
Protection and restoration of forests
Incentive to rural extension programs
Promotion of more sustainable habits
Access to learning opportunities
Publishing of educational material
Open space for knowledge exchange
It is an important practice that emphasizes the role of soil, reusing organic waste derived from industrial and domestic processes, transforming them into organic compost. Organic waste does not receive all the necessary treatment for the multiple contaminants to be decomposed. Then, these are dumped into the groundwater contaminating rivers and rendering the soil unproductive. In composting, we have microorganisms that decompose these contaminants, allowing a most effective release of nutrients.
Thus, composting generates an organic material that contributes to the dynamics of the water in soil, strengthening its infiltration, percolation and retention capacity creating a better structured soil that requires less water for agriculture. In addition to reusing organic waste, we also reuse plastic waste that would otherwise be discarded in the environment and take decades to be degraded, such as packaging of ice cream, butter, paint and others that have become garbage, by giving them a brand-new feature, contributing positively to the environment.
For all this, composting is versatile, universal, sustainable, and improves the bonds between community and environment.
Benefits of composting
- High-quality organic fertilizer
- Reduces water use
- Assists in carbon sequestration
- It can be a source of income
- Assists in family economy
- Makes nutrients more available to plants
- Contributes to nutrient cycling
- It can be done by anyone, anywhere
- Decreases soil erosion
- Decomposes contaminants
- Lessens the release of nitrogen into the atmosphere
- Lowers pollution