February the 15th two training courses started: Agroforestry management plan (agroecology production) and Business plan of agroforestry products. They are part of a set of training courses that integrate the component of the project Ecoturismo na Mata Atlântica [Ecotourism in the Atlantic Forest] aimed at smallholders of the Ribeira and Alto do Paranapanema basins; the Instituto Socioambiental is implementing this component. The Secretária do Meio Ambiente do Estado de S. Paulo [Environment Secretary of the S. Paulo state] commissioned this project, with resources of the Interamerican Bank of Development.
I’m organising the Agroforestry management plan course, while I’m organising and give the Business plan one. The objective of the first one is: “strengthen the agroecological and agroforestry experiences, widespread them, in order to provide environmental services, as well as agroecological products”; of the second one: “qualify the participants to plan and monitor, in a critical and systemic form, sustainable business with agroforestry products”.