Since 1999, the Cristalino Ecological Foundation (CEF) has been conducting initiatives in environmental education, human development, the creation of economic alternatives for the local population, the minimizing of environmental impacts, sustainability and research within the Cristalino region. Based in Alta Floresta, in the north of Mato Grosso state, most of the CEF’s projects are focused on municipalities in and around the Cristalino State Park.
The Cristalino Foundation seeks solutions through integrating people with the environment, in the 4 areas listed below.
Monitoring and conservation of the forest reserves where the Cristalino Lodge is located is performed by the Cristalino Foundation, alongside a participatory committee. Management plans have been developed for the reserves around the Cristalino Lodge, in order to regulate the activities and use of the area, as well as to define priorities, in terms of conservation, research and maintenance.
The School of the Amazon education program invites students from schools in the area to participate in forest immersion activities, with practical and theoretical classes on the ecosystem, in an effort to develop a positive relationship with the forest. Participants learn about the importance of the ecosystem and also discuss related topics, such as waste, fires, predatory hunting, rainfall cycle, mining and conservation.
We believe that knowledge is valuable. Through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, one can better comprehend the wealth of the Southern Amazon and the importance of its conservation. Every year, research is carried out on the biodiversity of the Cristalino area, covering themes such as birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, butterflies and other fauna and flora, as well as contemporary issues such as water resources, soil contamination, etc.
Partnerships and activities for the restoration of degraded areas and natural springs, to help preserve the region’s water resources. Sustainable business plans have also been drawn up for local producers and socioeconomic analysis conducted for families living in the vicinity of the protected areas in the region.