24 years of the Carajás National Forest: find out how Vale has acted in the area

2/2/2022

24 years of the Carajás National Forest: find out how Vale has acted in the area

The Carajás National Forest (FLONA), one of the largest blocks of native vegetation in southeastern Pará, celebrates 24 years of its official creation by decree no. 2.486. Managed by the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), in partnership with Vale, the area covers 411,948.87 hectares. Despite its official date, the preservation of the space has been going on since 1985.

Flora conservation

In December 2014, a partnership between Instituto Tecnológico Vale and Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi was signed with the aim of strengthening the botanical base with a focus on the sustainable performance of mining in the forest. As a result, the number of species in the flora of the canga de Carajás has grown and currently has 1,094 types of plants.

In addition, the Parque Zoobotânico Vale (PZV), which is located inside the Forest, has an extensive area of ​​native forest, where 5,000 plant samples have already been located, more than 10 new plants registered in Pará and 1 new species of plant. registered in Brazil.

The work carried out at the Carajás Herbarium (HCJS), which is located in the park, is internationally recognized by the Index Herbariorum (IH). The institution acts as a certifier of the seriousness of scientific collections, managed by The New York Botanical Garden.

Imagem de uma onça-pintada olhando diretamente para câmera.

Wildlife preservation

The Parque Zoobotânico, with an area of ​​30 hectares, also allows the free movement of native species that inhabit the same visitation space, allowing the public to live a unique and immersive experience among birds, agoutis and monkeys.

At the site, there are more than 360 animals among 70 species of birds, mammals and reptiles, including some rare or threatened with extinction, such as the harpy eagle, ararajuba, jaguar, cougar, white-fronted spider monkey and saki monkey. The place also serves as a genetic stock to work for the benefit of the preservation of Brazilian fauna and flora.

Guardians of the Rainforest

In the documentary Guardians of the Rainforest, produced by Vale, it is possible to know in detail how forest care work is carried out through the eyes of biologists, researchers and the local community. The series is divided into four themed episodes: “Conservation”, “Science and Research”, “Institutional Partnerships” and “Recovery”. The 47-minute documentary was aired on Discovery channels.

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Sustainability at Vale

Currently, Vale helps protect approximately 1 million hectares of land. The area is approximately 11 times larger than the total occupied by the company's operating units. Of the protected areas, 4.2% are owned and the rest in partnership with other agencies. In 2019, Vale made an even more ambitious commitment: to protect another 400,000 hectares and recover 100,000 hectares of forests beyond its borders by 2030.

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In the Amazon - which is home to 50% of the world's rainforest, the largest watershed, a fifth of fresh water, 400 billion trees, 20% of the Earth's species diversity and stores between 150 and 200 billion tons of carbon -, Vale has been operating for over 30 years. Click here to learn more about on-site initiatives.

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24 years of the Carajás National Forest: find out how Vale has acted in the area