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PLANTING WATER

Resisting Desertification

Cachoeira do Norte was named after a waterfall (cachoeira) that ran dry in the 1920s.

It was a victim of decades of intense deforestation.

Springs and streams can return to life with​ strategic tree planting.

Rains return and the land recovers.​

There's work to do.

Step 1

Ask farmers to donate land

All the landowners in Cachoeira we asked have given up significant amounts of land to reforest.

 

Wender describes how RAIN nurseries can open doors.

"In the past we often found landowners closed-minded and not interested [in reforesting].

When we approach them now, we find that their children and grandchildren have got there first, talking about the importance of conserving trees and rivers. 

They have been moved, they start to soften.

When we approach them it’s much easier."

Step 2

Protect plant life

Grazing animals eat growing saplings and tread streams (left)

into mud (right).

A fence gives nature space to recover, and allows the original animals to return.

springs & streams

​Springs being reforested around Cachoeira do Norte

yesterday's waterfall

Cachoeira do Norte was named after a waterfall (cachoeira) that ran dry in the 1920s. It was a victim of extensive deforestation.

Reforesting springs and riverbanks can bring water back.

One hectare of forest feeds

3 million litres into the water table per year.

 

Rains return.

The land recovers.​​

There's work to do.

Step 1

Ask farmers to donate land

Wender, our agent on the ground, describes how students taking lessons in RAIN nurseries can open doors.

"In the past we often found landowners closed-minded and not interested in reforesting.

Now, when we approach them, we find that their children and grandchildren have got there first, talking about the importance of conserving trees and rivers. 

They have been moved, they start to soften. When we approach them it’s much easier."

All the landowners in Cachoeira we asked have given up significant amounts of land to reforest.

Step 2

Protect plants

Grazing animals eat growing saplings and tread streams (left)

into mud (right).

A fence gives nature space to recover, and allows the original animals to return.

Step 3

protect the spring

Step 4

Plant native trees

  • A hectare of forest feeds around 3 million litres into the water table per year​​

  • Community driven action can reverse desertification

  • RAIN is turning donations into positive impacts