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Success in the 1st Forest Restoration Training: International Partnership Promotes Local Knowledge and Environmental Conservation

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in partnership with REGUA, the Institute of Forests at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) and the Cachoeiras de Macacu’s Municipal Government successfully conducted the first training workshop in forest restoration named “Capacity building in forest restoration: Integrated biodiversity and climate protection in the Mata Atlântica”. This was based on local knowledge and REGUA’s extensive experience in ecological restoration. Topics such as biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, ecological restoration, climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as a brief introduction to environmental legislation, were covered in this first course.

This course is part oh the REPLÂNTICA project, funded by the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservancy, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) framework.

This first 20 hours course was held in June targeting the professional staff of the local Cachoeiras de Macacu Municipality Government. Participants did not need prior knowledge, which broadened the scope of the training. The activities included practical classes at REGUA, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the restoration actions underway in the municipality.

Key benefits of this training include:

  • Qualified faculty staff: Highly trained teachers and technicians provided a robust training..

  • Strategic recognition: Strengthening the recognition of the municipality as a crucial region for the water supply and provision of ecosystem services.

  • Certification: Participation Certificates issued by UFRRJ and the ITT of the University of Cologne, in partnership with REGUA.

  • Networking: Formation of a contact network and potential partnerships for future ecological restoration actions in the municipality.


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