Increasing the public use of Brazilian National Parks

Brazilian National Parks
Volunteers applying sustainable trail marking
Lucio Palma

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Alexandre Mancuso

USAID is working in partnership with the Government of Brazil to expand the public use and visitation of Brazilian national parks, starting with parks located near the cities that are going to host the World Cup of Soccer in 2014.

With USAID support, more than 200 people were trained in January, April and June 2013, in Brasília and Rio de Janeiro, during one week in sustainable management, public use and conservation of national forests and parks, including techniques to build trails. Over 50 experts from the U.S. Government have been providing support since July 2012 to managers of protected areas and environmental analysts from the Instituto Chico Mendes for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBIO), Brazilian Forest Service (SFB) and the Brazilian Natural Resources Agency (IBAMA).