The foundation of the forest economy requires people to use sustainable environmental practices. IFV seeks to disseminate alternatives to traditional populations on how to keep trees upright while simultaneously ensuring livelihoods for families. The necessary infrastructure is provided through the generous support of the Arapyaú Institute through the National Project of Integrated Public-Private Actions for Biodiversity (Probio II), in partnership with Funbio (Brazilian Biodiversity Fund) and the Global Fund for Environment (GEF).
The activities are divided into four axes. These include training in forest economics; support for research related to native species; development of pilot forestry projects (linked to the cultivation of trees); and promotion of initiatives that add value to wood.
The project will be completed by 2017 and will include the following results: Expanding the Forest School facilities to increase attendance capacity; renovation of the institutional site and communication system of the IFV; marking of native tree species; hiring of a forest engineer to support nursery management and mapping of forestry initiatives in the South of Bahia.
One of the highlights of this project was the Encontro dos Líderes Rurais (Meeting of Rural Leaders). Thirty people participated in this exchange of ideas and experiences, which took place in September 2015 in Serra Grande. The group mainly discussed the sustainable production of cocoa and chocolate in the regional economy.