How to protect water from rural properties?

How to protect water from rural properties?

Published On: 2 de February de 2018

We are in the rainy season! Moment when springs are being replenished. And that only happens, thanks to our forests.

The rainwater falls on the treetops, descends through the branches and trunk until it reaches the roots. Slowly, the water infiltrates the soil and is filtered by the different particles that compose it. This clean water is stored in natural underground reservoirs. Water is returned to the atmosphere through transpiration from plants and by evaporation from soil, rivers, and other waterways, lakes and oceans. That's the water cycle.

However, this cycle can be interrupted by the lack of native vegetation. Without trees, water does not seep into the soil and does not supply the natural underground reservoirs from which springs spring. It is the forest that is responsible for this supply – without forests we have no water.

That's why one thing is so intertwined with the other. This is also why the conservation of forests and the recovery of deforested areas are essential for water protection.

In addition to planting seedlings, it is important that the springs are isolated from the access of livestock, such as cattle, for example. The presence of these animals near the source prevents new plants from being born and growing there, due to soil compaction and seedling predation, in addition to being able to contaminate the water.

The surroundings of the springs are considered, by federal law, as “Permanent Preservation Areas”, precisely because of the importance and need for these areas to be protected from any human intervention.

It is essential to pay more attention to the spring areas, to guarantee the maintenance of their quality and quantity.

It was with this in mind and also the conservation of biodiversity that Copaíba launched Verde Novo, offering support to people interested in protecting their springs. Support is provided through the donation of seedlings of native trees, in addition to the technical project for forest restoration of the property, inputs and technical assistance before, during and after planting the seedlings.

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Verde Novo is a project carried out by Copaíba, sponsored by Petrobras, through the Petrobras Socio-environmental Program.

To participate and receive the seedlings and support for forest restoration, it is necessary to register at the institution's headquarters.

To find out more information click on here!


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