Araguaia’s League

Who We Are

In a time where food safety and climate changes mobilize global society, Araguaia’s League, since 2014, leads a movement for the adoption of sustainable livestock on Vale do Araguaia.

The movement’s objective is to promote social and economic development in the region, through increasing productivity, respecting the current legislation and the natural system’s limits.

Productivity:

•  Estimulate the adoption of practics of sustainable intensification in beef cattle, recovering degraded pastures, yielding value, opening new markets and reducing pression for new areas;

Conservation/PSA:

•  Estimulate ambiental regularization, recover Legal Reservations and APPs and increase the value of ambiental actives, such as conservation strategy: PSA and others;

Tourism:

•  Promote Tourism and the ambiental actives of the region, such as conservation strategy and social inclusion;

Carbon:

•  Estimulate and enable cattle breeders and other actors from the productivity chain to adopt practics, which contribute to the reduction of Greenhouse Gases;

Communication:

•  Create Field days and audiovisual media for training and promotion of sustainable livestock practics.


Projects

RAÍZES ARAGUAIA

Result of a partnership with the company Raízes Desenvolvimento Sustentável, the project RAÍZES Araguaia seeks to strenghten the ecological tourism in the region as an iniciative on social and economical inclusion, while promoting the increase of income of livestock farms in the region through tourism iniciatives. Focused on the presence of a huge set of environmental attractions and reasonable farm infrastructure, to be raised by the project, the result is the proposal of a “Tourism Development Project in the Central Region of Vale do Araguaia” with indication of potential and suitable business models to be implemented by farms and entrepreneurs in the region.


CBC Araguaia

In order to validate and seek future certification of the reduction of Greenhouse Gases emission obtained on farms participating in the projects of the Araguaia League, a “Cooperation Agreement” was signed with CNPGC/Embrapa Gado de Corte, from Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. The CBC Araguaia‘s objective is to examine the technical feasibility of considering “intensification” and “crop-livestock integration” as livestock systems for mitigating greenhouse gases, seeking to fit these practices into the guidelines established by Embrapa for the CBC seal, Low Carbon Meat for validation and future certification.


Carbono Araguaia

The net balance of Greenhouse Gas emissions and advances with the result of technification will be analyzed according to the criteria of the Greenhouse Gas Agricultural Protocol methodology.

The Brazilian Greenhouse Gas Protocol Program aims to stimulate corporate culture for the preparation and publication of Greenhouse Gas inventories, providing for participants the access to international quality instruments and standards.

It is a tool used to understand, quantify and manage Greenhouse gas emissions originally developed in the United States in 1998 by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and is today the world’s most widely used method by corporations and governments. It is also compatible with ISO 14.064 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) quantification methods.

The application of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol tool in Brazil is adapted to the national context, based on tropical agriculture and livestock parameters developed by Embrapa and Unicamp. The Brazilian Program organizes working groups with participating companies to improve the method and develop new tools for accounting for greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Brazilian reality.

Housed within the ARAGUAIA’S LEAGUE the Carbono Araguaia project, being implemented with the support of Dow Química and Dow AgroScience, will allow the monitoring of Greenhouse Gas emission reductions resulting from the adoption of intensification practices by a representative set of 24 (twenty four) livestock farms in the region representing a pasture area of 89,000 hectares, duly engaged in the project through Letters of Adhesion.

The main objectives of the Carbono Araguaia project are as follows:

  • Test facility for the analysis and monitoring of Greenhouse Gas emissions in a pasture farm owned by Agropecuária Água Viva, in Cocalinho, Mato Grosso;
  • Monitoring of the reduction of greenhouse gas emission carried out on 89,000 hectares of pastures already identified, belonging to twenty-four calf farms in the region engaged in the project;
  • Providing the environmental benefits of reducing emissions for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, helping to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions due to the games held in July / 2016.

Campos do Araguaia

Aiming at supporting sustainable intensification and forest restoration activities in the region, the Campos do Araguaia project, a member of LIGA DO ARAGUAIA, is the result of a partnership between the Roncador Group and TNC, The Nature Conservancy, with the support of the IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative.

Founded in 1951, TNC is the world’s largest environmental conservation organization. Operating in over 35 countries, has been working in Brazil since 1988 where it operates in all biomes of the country. It is his first partnership in a livestock project in the state of Mato Grosso.


This project’s official logo

The IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, funded by the governments of Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark, which financially supports the project, supports sustainable trade through alliances that broaden the impact of action by public and private organizations.

The main objectives of the Campos do Araguaia project are as follows:

  • Support for the intensification of beef cattle raising activities in the region;
  • Removal of major barriers to the adoption of sustainable intensification practices;
  • Support for restoration activities and interconnection of forest fragments;
  • Promotion and replication of the lessons learned as an initiative for insertion in public policies. Regarding the achievement of the above objectives, it is worth mentioning the importance of implementing the “Livestock Time Saver” in some regions of the project. Originally developed by ABIEC, the Associação Brasileira das Indústrias Exportadoras de Carne (Brazilian Association of Meat Exporting Industries), with the support of TNC, it is a tool that allows the lifting and removal of barriers by establishing a formal cooperation between institutions and public and private actors involved.

Picture of a field day, in December of 2017

Lucia and Pelerson Penido Foundation

Within the scope of this partnership with TNC / IDH, as previously mentioned, we highlight the work in progress with FLUPP, Fundação Lucia e Pelerson Penido (Lucia and Pelerson Penido Foundation), with the Municipal School of Basic Field Education, Coopercal, in Vila Roncador in Cocalinho, Mato Grosso, with the following activities:

  • Topics of interest: Forest / Reforestation / Springs (UD / Restoration);
  • Nursery facility (students and teachers);
  • Teacher training (environmental adequacy – CAR and PRA);
  • Parent training (Good Farming Practices);
  • Preparation of the Work Plan (2017/18).

Garantia Araguaia

The Garantia Araguaia project is implemented through a partnership established with Imaflora, Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agrícola (Institute for Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification).

Imaflora is a non-profit civil association ,founded in 1995 on the premise that the best way to conserve rainforests is to provide them with an economic destination, coupled with good management practices and responsible management of natural resources. It is believed that social and environmental certification is one of the tools that respond to part of this challenge, with a strong inducing power for local, sustainable development in the forest and agricultural sectors.

The Garantia Araguaia project has the following main objectives:

  • Survey of indicators and development of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system related to the productive and socio-environmental practices of farmers participating in LIGA projects for future compliance and certification by the Rede de Agricultura Sustentável (RAS) / Rainforest Alliance Certification;

  • Development of a system of Validation and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions of the agricultural activities of the members of LIGA DO ARAGUAIA, based on the methodology and results achieved with the Carbono Araguaia project aiming at future certification “carbon neutral meat”;

  • Development of market access strategy and its operators that recognize the quality and sustainability attributes inherent to the production process and products produced within the farms participating in the projects of LIGA DO ARAGUAIA.

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