Campo Largo, Paraná, Brazil





Biodiversity Condominium (ConBio) project

With support from the Caterpillar Foundation, the Biodiversity Condominium (ConBio) project fosters the preservation of green urban areas, protects endangered Araucaria forests, and improves public understanding of conservation. This two-year $500,000 initiative is funded by the Caterpillar Foundation and is being carried out in collaboration with Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educaçao Ambiental (SPVS), a leading Brazilian conservation organization.

The ConBio project builds linkages between the local community and its green areas. The project encourages better environmental management and conservation of vital spaces through educational and recreational activities with students, property owners, and employees from Caterpillar.

Protecting the Araucaria tree (Araucaria angustifolia), the most representative specie of the Araucaria Forest ecosystem, and other native flora and fauna in urban areas in Campo Largo’s urban areas is a focus of this project. Less than one percent of the Araucaria Forest remains in the state of Paraná, making the conservation of the Araucaria tree and green areas a matter of regional importance to the biodiversity and sustainable development of Campo Largo and the state of Paraná.

Moreover, ConBio helps integrate residents who remain in natural areas, forms a network of stakeholders in the protection of natural areas and biodiversity conservation, builds awareness for the importance of maintaining biodiversity, and contributes to the quality of life of the residents of Campo Largo.

This project replicates the successful methodologies and actions taken in the city of Curitiba through earlier ConBio projects that have been undertaken by SPVS over the last 12 years.

Recent ConBio-related actions include:

  1. Communication and environmental education initiatives with residents, students, property owners and Caterpillar employees and their families
  2. Partnerships with public organizations and private institutions that provide access to education activities and information regarding possible green areas for survey
  3. Geo-referencing of at least 56 privately owned areas of native vegetation in the Campo Largo urban region
  4. Organizing educational photography exhibits and presentations for local students and teachers from municipal schools in coordination with the Campo Largo Secretariats of Education and Environment
  5. Surveying of more than 110 local elementary and middle school students. Most of them (93 percent) reported an increased understanding of the environment and conservation efforts after participating in the program’s activities
  6. Training events conducted in coordination with the Association of Green Area Owners (Associaçao dos Protetores de Áreas Verdes – APAVE), an organization created during the earlier Curitiba phase of the project with the goal of sharing experiences and best practices

Campo Largo, Paraná, Brazil