The Amazonian students were the big winners of the initiative. They are students of the Municipal School Professora Tereza Cordovil, and traveled with their guardians from Manaus to São Paulo for a learning and inspirational experience.
Eloah Cecilia Moraes de Souza, 12 years old, Dafne Kelen Monteiro da Silva, 12 years old, Luam Marcelo Camara Rodrigues, 12 years old, Maria Eduarda Lucena Viana, 12 years old, and Arnaldo Ferreira Palheta, 15 years old, coordinated by the teacher Christinne Matos Marcos, developed the project that took 1st place in the Judging Committee category of the Olympics, restoration project in an area of the Igarapé do Gigante, in the capital of Amazonas.
The participants if engaged in obtaining seedlings and in authorizing planting, which brought together students, teachers, indigenous leaders, residents, NGO representatives and government representatives. The use of technology was a highlight of the project, which adopted a georeferencing application to register the 200 seedlings.
The group visited the seedling nurseries at the headquarters of Associação Ambientalista Copaíba, in Socorro (SP), accompanied by the WWF-Brazil team. — Photo: CREDIT: Leo Otero/WWF-Brasil.
In São Paulo, the Sauins paid a visit to Mauricio de Sousa Produções (MSP), a partner of Restaura Natureza and WWF-Brasil. They were personally received by Mônica Sousa, executive director and daughter of designer Mauricio de Sousa, who was inspired by the girl to create the most famous character in the gang.
“I am very happy to meet the young people responsible for the winning project of the first edition of the Olympics. We are partners with WWF-Brasil to join forces for the preservation and restoration of the environment and now we count on you to reinforce this work”, said Mônica to the group, before distributing the Olympic certificates.
After the ceremony, the group got to know the behind-the-scenes of the production of comics, videos and films from the Mauricio de Sousa universe, on a guided tour of the studio. At the end of the visit, the characters Chico Bento, ambassador of WWF-Brasil and Restaura Natureza, and Mônica arrived to participate in a memorable group photo.
Students visited Maurício de Sousa Produções. — Photo: Leo Otero/WWF-Brasil
Visit to restaurant areas
After the visit to MSP, the Sauins Protetores group went to the city of Socorro, in the interior of São Paulo, to get a closer look at restoration areas of the Atlantic Forest, accompanied by teams from WWF-Brasil and Associação Ambientalista Copaíba, founded in 1999 by four young people who dreamed of restoring the native vegetation in the region. Currently, the association’s work is present in 19 municipalities in SP and MG.
One of the founders of Copaíba, Flávia Balderi, personally accompanied Sauins to explain, in detail, the restoration work. The group saw how meticulous the work of producing the seedlings from seed and the care of planning, planting and maintenance of the areas under restoration is.
“When we carry out this forest recovery process, we are contributing not only to the fauna, but to our quality of life, as it improves the quantity of water quality, temperature, air quality”, Flávia told the students.
The students also visited three restoration areas in private areas: Rede dos Sonhos, Fazenda Fronteira, a coffee producer, and RPPN (Private Reserve of Natural Heritage) Copaíba, at the Association’s headquarters.