Guandu-RJ Committee will create agroecological tourism incentive program

The Guandu-RJ Committee (CG-RJ) reported that setting up the Agroecological Tourism Program involving municipalities that make up Hydrographic Region II is one of its goals for this year. Within the CG-RJ Annual Activity and Disbursement Program, the hiring of a specialized institution to build the program has already been approved, which will work on the conservation and protection of water resources, with the selection, identification and mobilization of participants. The proposal is to invest around R$ 1.5 million in the action.

The idea is to mobilize and form a working group to advance the creation of the program, also involving the region's city halls. Other planned steps are the mapping of agroecology in the territory; pre- and during-development training; the creation of the Diagnosis, Proposed Paths for Expansion and Tourist Inventory; ending with the creation of an itinerary and a website, which will contain the selected attractions, with photos, playful maps and identification signs. Within the promotional material, videos and content will be produced for the program's website and CG-RJ's social networks.

The Agroecological Tourism Program is foreseen within the CG-RJ Agricultural Agenda. The entire preparation and execution process of the program will be monitored by the Paraíba do Sul River Basin Water Management Association (Agevap).

For the project, it is understood that this tourism, with an emphasis on agroecology, is community-based rural tourism. “Agroecological tourism can be understood as a type of rural tourism, community-based tourism, which will integrate tourist activities with agroecological practices in these rural areas, also combining environmental protection. This Program in the Guandu region will allow CG-RJ to identify actors who produce in a more sustainable way and aligned with agroecology, encouraging them to have the autonomy to generate income with good practices”, highlighted the Water Resources technician from Agevap, Isabela Trece.


Before creating an effective agroecological tourism program, CG-RJ worked on the implementation of the Atlantic Forest Municipal Plans, delivered to city halls in September last year, which will result, in the first half of 2024, in the Forestry Master Plan with emphasis on water resources. The document will guide not only the tourism program, but also CG-RJ's decisions on green infrastructure. The CG-RJ also informed that all these measures will be synergistic with environmental education actions, within the Municipal Environmental Education Programs that are also being developed.


Agroecology can be understood as a science or way of life, which guarantees economically viable, socially fair, culturally sensitive production, guaranteeing biodiversity by using a system that is less harmful to the planet, which combines food security and local culture, with productive diversity and more sustainable forms of production.

The initiative is closely related to the issue of Payment for Environmental Services, mainly with the Water and Forest Producers program, developed by CG-RJ, also valuing the issue of local culture, with the production that that community already does or used to do. “There are several rural producers who are committed to forest preservation and conservation, through good practices in their agricultural production. They already have a better production method. So, strengthening them so that they have alternative sources of income means allowing the forest to remain there and that producer who has this awareness, this sensitivity, remains there. And they have another form of income without the need to, for example, generate deforestation, set fire to pastures or other less recommended practices... And talking about protecting forests is talking about water security because we are talking about coverage that meets the function of regulating water throughout the year, avoiding natural disasters, in addition to sequestering carbon and guaranteeing local biodiversity”, added Trece.

Credits: Jornal Current


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