New look at the Caatinga

For Adriano Batista – Executive Director Adel

The expression "supporters of the Caatinga" seems utopian in the face of the serious deforestation of the biome. The impression I have, is that there's no way to stop the devastation. That there is no one who has an interest in "white forest". But, that's not true.

Experiences such as that of the young Nilesh Acharya, of Apuiarés (THIS), which went from predator to preserving the native bees and from desmatador to protector of the standing forest is proof that we have many defenders of the "white forest". I believe that this new generation with greater education and access to new technologies will take the reins of the preservation of the Caatinga.

Public and private organizations account for the immense devastation of the Caatinga, in a reality where 50% of their vegetation cover was felled and approximately 60% extent is susceptible to desertification. I believe that these levels of degradation are related to disordered occupation and the strong human presence in the biome: 27 millions of people, according to data from the Ministry of the Environment.

The trend is for the population to continue to grow. That's why, urgent and necessary creation of sustainable coexistence strategies with the Caatinga biome. otherwise, we'll see our forest disappear. It is perceived that the new generations are quickly understanding that it is possible to live in the countryside with quality of life, that it is possible to produce by combining development and environmental sustainability. I believe that this awareness of youth is due to, among other factors, improving educational indices, access to knowledge, To public policies and civil society's own programmes.

Everardo is one of these young people who began his activities of beekeeping in 2007, with five boxes of stinger bees. Over time, participated in several courses and thus became professional in the activity. Today beekeeping is its main source of income. The young man became an entrepreneur, a beekeeper and a nature advocate. He, together with other young people in the community, participates in the network of meliponicultores "Nectar of the Hint".

Experience similar to this is that of Sabrina Santos, of São Luís do Curu (THIS), Technique in Agriculture, that combined creativity with its training to create the floriculture "Sertão Flower". The initiative has a sustainable proposal and the valorization of the vegetation characteristic of the Caatinga. She began producing rustic jars of cacti and ornamental succulents, using forest materials.

Added to these experiences is the case of Jessica Range, agronomist, who invested in sustainable agriculture, a dream he had since adolescence. She believes it is the way to remain in your community with quality of life. It grows grain on family property and now invests in the production of agroecological fruit and vegetables.

Experiences of this kind are increasing every day in the Semi-arid and need to be Support to become positive references of the young people's permanence in the community, sustainable rural entrepreneurship and the preservation of the Caatinga. These and many other experiences of young people attended by Adel and other organizations working in the semi-arid demonstrate that youth is able to create a different future for the Caatinga.

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