IT WAS ABOUT TIME TO START LOOKING UP 

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Far beyond turtles, dolphins, sharks, and incredible beaches, Fernando de Noronha is home to the greatest wealth of sea birds in Brazil. But, oddly enough, almost no one was looking at them. The lack of knowledge and interest was the motivation for the female biologists Cecília Licarião and Ariane Gouvêa to develop the Aves de Noronha Project, whose main objective is to redirect the eyes of residents and tourists to the island's rich avifauna, through Research, Education, Citizen Science, and Sustainable Tourism, improving the state of conservation and strengthening the local economy.

 

In 2018, the project took its first flight. Through funding by SOS Mata Atlântica, it was possible to develop activities of great relevance for the conservation of birds in the archipelago, such as the elaboration of a mini-guide, courses for shuttle drivers, educational talks, recreational activities with children, and ecological walks for birdwatching.

Our flights are bold. Through funding from the Naji Foundation, we monitor the species of birds threatened with extinction in the archipelago and carry out several other actions, such as ringing the endemic species of the island - Noronha Vireo (Vireo gracilirostris) and Noronha Elaenia (Elaenia ridleyana) – hosting training activities for students and teachers, social engagement, production of didactic material, and the encouragement of birdwatching as the motor activity of the local economy. 
 

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" If all the animals were gone, man would die of solitude of spirit, because everything that happens to animals will soon happen to man as well. Everything is related to each other ".  - Chief Seattle

Values:

To be a bridge for good deeds, uniting people and entities in favor of the Pantanal's conservation.

Vision:

Contribute to the conservation of the Pantanal through community involvement and articulation with local, regional and global entities that are truly committed to protecting the biodiversity and the well-being of traditional communities.

Mission:

Objectives:

1) Work for the conservation of the Pantanal, promoting the preservation of species and respecting traditional communities and the Pantanal people;

2) Conduct environmental education with local and surrounding communities about the value of Pantanal biodiversity and current threats to the biome;

3) Develop and implement pragmatic strategies for the conservation and restoration of the Pantanal;

4) Assist in the socio-economic development of traditional communities from the generation of alternative sustainable income, promoting coexistence between the Pantanal and biodiversity;

5) Promote and disseminate scientific knowledge and local knowledge about the Pantanal from an ecology of knowledge perspective.

OUR HISTORY: A PROJECT STARTED AMIDST A TRAGEDY

Chalana Esperança was born out of a crisis. It emerged to gather and boost efforts for combat  to the fires that ravaged the Pantanal and to minimize their effects on the animals and traditional communities that
live.

Chalana was one of the first current projects in the North Pantanal in 2020, along the Transpantaneira (MT-060), assisting local communities and the North Pantanal Tourism Association (AECOPAN) which was at the forefront of combat.

In view of the tragedy experienced and because we believe that together we are stronger, we united with various entities in an attempt to protect what was left of life amidst the chaos. There were numerous fires, few people on the front lines and we were concerned about the safety of the volunteer brigade, who lacked adequate combat equipment. It was essential to protect human life and protect the existing pockets of green space, where many of the animals that managed to escape the fire hid.

Chalana Esperança's first major action was the structuring of this local brigade, with the purchase of personal protection and firefighting equipment. Among the donations were a truck with a capacity to carry 8,000 liters of water, a motorized boat to assist in patrolling the rivers, search and rescue of victimized fauna, eight 20 liter costal pumps for the ground crew, radios for communication and logistics of the combatants, two motor pumps, more than 600 meters of hoses, among other equipment.

Our team also purchased and distributed tons of food to wildlife victims of drought and famine, setting up feeding islands and watering points for wild animals.

Although we do not have any veterinarian on the team and, therefore, we do not carry out fauna rescue, we help in the active search for injured animals, in the purchase of supplies and medicines necessary for their care.

Before long, the environmental crisis turned into a humanitarian crisis as well, and our team mobilized resources to purchase and distribute food baskets, clean water and hygiene kits to indigenous communities. Riverside communities, which were already going through a difficult time due to the pandemic, were also awarded with food donated by Chalana Esperança.

As the days passed, we realized that, behind the smoke screen, there were many other threats to the Pantanal besides fire. Chalana Esperança then decided that even after the rains came, we would continue working for the Pantanal and for the Pantanal people. Below, you can find out a little bit of what happened from September 2020 until today!

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2021 HAS BROUGHT NEW CHALLENGES
The Pantanal is on fire again and more than 700 thousand hectares have already been burned.
Chalana Esperança's team is once again at the forefront of combat.

WORKING ON DIFFERENT FRONTS: A BIT OF CHALANA'S WORK

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TEAM

We are all made of the same matter: the love for the Pantanal.

 

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Daniel Moura

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