Araripe Geopark receives its third green card

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Araripe Geopark (AG) received on September, 23, the third green card, the highest certification granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the 15TH European Geoparks Conference, held in Seville, Spain. This recognition ensures the permanence and participation of Ceará and Cariri among the 141 sustainable destinations in the world and the UNESCO-certified programs.

The achievement was received by the Culture Sector Coordinator of the Araripe Geopark (AG), Professor José Patrício Pereira Melo. According to Patrício, Cariri grew up and gained great recognition as a tourist destination, in many visits by foreigners. "So far this recognition translates into the Green Card, we have a lot to celebrate and work on," he said.

The evaluation of a Geopark is carried out every four years by the UNESCO Geopark Council. In July, from 17 to 20, the AG was evaluated by two technicians, geologists Pablo Rivas, from Spain, and Tran Tan Van, from Vietnam. In total, five geosites were visited in four cities of Cariri: Colina do Horto, Pontal da Santa Cruz, Batateiras, Ponte de Pedra and Pedra  Cariri. They also knew the work of some partners such as Arajara Park, Escola de Saberes of Barbalha , IU-á hotel, Casa Grande Foundation, Espedito Seleiro, Lira Nordestina and Mestre Noza and had the opportunity to visit the Center for Interpretation and Environmental Education of the Araripe Geopark, an equipment that was reopened during the Expocrato period.

Cânions do Sul Geopark

Foto: Flaviana Lima

The territory of  Geoparque Cânions do Sul Project is composed of seven municipalities in two states of southern Brazil, with a total area of 2,830 km2 and about 73,000 inhabitants. The project includes the municipalities of Cambará do Sul, Mampituba, and Torres, in Rio Grande do Sul; and Jacinto Machado, Morro Grande, Praia Grande and Timbé do Sul, in Santa Catarina.

The exuberance of the natural heritage attracts attention in the territory. Located in  Serra Geral, the canyons line the plateau and the coastal plain, with slopes reaching 1000 meters and are less than 50 kilometers from the sea. The region has numerous waterfalls, natural pools, lagoons, and rivers, as well as dune fields and beaches. In this scenario of singular beauty, there are also several paleolodges, shelters excavated by extinct animals that lived more than 10,000 years ago. The territory also reveals a rich cultural heritage, with special emphasis on indigenous and quilombolas culture, and Azorean, German and Italian immigrants, passing through the remarkable stumbling movement in the region.

The Intermunicipal Consortium Caminhos dos Cânions do Sul is responsible for the management of the Project and the technical team, composed by representatives of all municipalities. One of the highlights of the Geopark Project is the mobilization of the school community, with educational activities carried out in all schools of the municipal school system of the seven municipalities. At the moment, the professionals involved in the Project are dedicated to the preparation of the application dossier, the structuring of the geoguide and the continuity of the dissemination process for the community's commitment to the importance of the Project for the sustainable development of the region.

 

Action Plan aims to preserve Araripe Manakin

The quest to protect endangered animal species is growing. For this reason, the National Plan of Conservation of the Araripe Manakin (Araripe Manakin PAN) celebrated on the 16th Annual Monitoring of the National Plan of Conservation of the Araripe Manakin, in Araripe Geopark Auditorium (AG).

The iconic endemic bird representing the territory of AG, Antilophia bokermanni, lives in the wooded areas of Araripe Plateau. The species is known worldwide, as are the difficulties in preserving it.

Araripe Manakin PAN is a society agreement created by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, in which several representatives of the government, civil societies and NGOs come to the next hand in taking on the role responsible for promoting the increasing population and species conservation, the Manakin. Therefore, the project covers and establishes priority conservation strategies for an endangered species. Learn more at:

 

Managers positively evaluate Araripe Geopark's achievements in 13 years of creation

Araripe Geopark celebrates its 13th birthday, with an international brand of one of the most relevant projects from geotourism, geo-reconciliation and geo-education. The project that is part of the GeoParks Global Network programme with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Currently in six municipalities of the Cariri region, the territory encompasses the cities of Crato, Juazeiro do Norte, Santana Cariri, Nova Olinda, Misso Velha and Barbalha, with nine geosites.

For the Rector of the Cariri Regional University (URCA), Francisco do Ó Lima Júnior, speaking of Geopark in these 13 years, it is to highlight a victorious trajectory, through the UNESCO Geopark Program, with a great action involving all the actors of the Territory. 

"It has a geological rarity to explain the life on the planet, but it develops in other attributes, such as the richness of biodiversity, water, the great heritage of identity," he says. For the Rector, during this period there was greater consolidation and strengthening of the project, and the population is becoming aware of this great wealth that we must preserve.

According to him, from a concrete point of view, there are great victories, with a greater view of society by the potential of geotourism, today with guides, associations, adventure sports and a hotel chain. Due to the momentum given by Geopark, there was a greater professionalization of these sectors with a set of achievements.

 
 

Equipe do GeoPark Araripe

Coordenador Executivo/Reitor da Universidade Regional do Cariri (URCA)

José Patrício Pereira Melo

Superintendente 

Francisco do Ó Lima Junior

Diretor Executivo

Nivaldo Soares de Almeida

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Secretaria Executiva

Pedrina França Pereira​​

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Comunicação

Michel Macedo Marques

Sarah Menezes Pereira

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Geoturismo e Desenvolvimento Territorial 

Jeanne Sidrim

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Geoconservação

Francisco Idalécio de Freitas

Rafael Celestino Soares

Geoeducação e e Educação Ambiental

Maria Neuma Clemente Galvão

Equipe de Preparação Geonews - 10ª edição/ 2019

Textos

Natanael dos Santos Almeida

Maria Emilly de Freitas da Silva 

Revisão

Michel Macedo Marques

Sarah Menezes 

Fotos 

Acervo GeoPark Araripe

Design

Wendell Sousa Felipe da Costa

Tradução

Maria Emilly de Freitas da Silva - Espanhol

Natanael dos Santos Almeida  - Inglês

Colaboração

Carles Canet, 

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