The Social Carbon Network project develops a working preservation and environmental improvement, integrated into territorial social and economic development actions. It articulates actions with traditional peoples, companies and institutions committed to environmental preservation.

The main objective was the implementation of a conservation program and restoration of native areas in small farms and indigenous lands in Santa Catarina State, linked to the development of methodology for environmental services payment, building a network of preservation and environmental development.


A - General information


START: 01/2011 (in progress)

EXECUTING ENTITY: Vianei Association Cooperation and Work, Education, Culture and Heath Exchange – AVICITECS. 

PARTNERS: Association of Municipalities in the Sierra Region – AMURES, Inter municipal Consortium of Santa Catarina – CISAMA, Federal Institute of Santa Catarina – IFSC, Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC (Campus Curitibanos), Tutorial Education Program – PET Rural Sciences, Board of Missions among Indigenous Peoples – COMIN.

PRESENTED BY: Matheus Nunes da Silva e José Luiz Carraro 

RESOURCES: Third parties.

VALUE RANGE: Between US$ 10 mil and US$ 15 mil.

CATEGORY: Project. 


KEY-WORDS: Family Farming; Traditional People; Indigenous; Global warming; Voluntary Carbon Market; Payment of Environmental Services; Recovery of Degraded Areas; Environment Responsibility; Environmental Network; Environmental education.

TARGET PUBLIC: Family farmers and indigenous people in rural areas of Santa Catarina. 

LOCATION: Rural and urban area. 


SPECIFIC AREA OF IMPLEMENTATION: Municipalities of Anita Garibaldi, Bocaina do Sul, Bom Jardim da Serra, Bom Retiro, Brunópolis, Campo Belo do Sul, Capão Alto, Cerro Negro, Curitibanos, Doutor Pedrinho, José Boiteux, Lages, Otacílio Costa, Painel, Palmeira, São José do Cerrito, Urubici.


B - Practice Description



The Social Carbon Network Project was designed in 2010 from the perspective of real implications of forestry legislation towards family farming and traditional field people in Santa Catarina State. For clearance of rural properties purposes there was an urge of abandoning areas hitherto productive, generating a cost to the income of the family farming and a bonus for the whole society, by means of ecosystem services (increase of biodiversity, carbon sequestration, water quality, etc.). Bearing in mind such finding, the Vianei Center built the Social Carbon methodology Network which provides the environmental suitability of the property and the payment for environmental services, culminating in closer relation between field to city and the appreciation of family farming and traditional people of the field towards society.



To create a network of environmental recovery and conservation properties of small farmers and indigenous traditional people, with the contribution of individuals and businesses of society in general, allowing carbon sequestration, environmental conservation, consumer consciousness and strengthening practices towards solidarity and agroecology, and consolidating input from these people in the voluntary carbon market and environmental service providers as well as guardians of environmental heritage.



The methodology of Social Carbon Network Project recommends:

- The construction of nurseries in the field schools focused on the production of native tree seedlings and environmental education, in a multidisciplinary method, with children and teens. This information is passed on to all relatives, to the vast majority farmers;

- With the seedlings produced, technicians of Vianei Center carry out diligences to family farmers and to indigenous people for planning the environmental suitability of the property. The family is registered into software project, the seedlings are delivered with serial label series and planted by farmers under the supervision of the technical project;

- After planting, a qualified team performs an area inspection and proceeds with photos footage aside of coordinating planted seedlings upon usual cross checking towards labeled control number (in order to avoid double counting);

Once these steps are performed, the seedlings are offered in the voluntary carbon market, following the methodology of Social Carbon Network Project via online mechanisms and visits to companies and organizations. The funds accrued are used to reimburse the family holder of the tree (environmental services) and in project maintenance.

Companies and events which tend to offset their emissions through the project receive a stamp of Social Carbon Project Network and a certificate acknowledging the amount of CO2 neutralized upon the year or event. Additionally, it is possible to check the information of each cultivated tree and adopted by the company or event, furnishing evidence of transference and proper evidence of when, where, who and how the CO2 was offset.



The project is rendered to serve 1.300 families in the countryside, more than 600 hectares of native trees were recovered, more than 500.000 native trees were distributed, over 150 families have been remunerated for their environmental services, through offsetting emissions by 8 companies and 3 events in addition to the direct adoption of 60 trees from individuals via the Internet, on the total of 500 tons of CO2 offset in 2014.

The fundraising and its distribution to field partners which began in 2014 is indispensable for the strengthening and maintenance of the project, as an option upon the appreciation of peasant people, to environmental education, to land repossession and job generator and income in rural areas. The region and the state of Santa Catarina are enticed by a strong demand for the recovery of degraded areas, mainly on family properties.

In order to achieve these goals, the project visibility issue is essential. It is a reality on the current project to outreach work in seminars, courses, field days, newspaper articles, magazines, lectures etc. We can mention in the first phase of the project, we were interviewed by the National Globo newspaper, the Network newspaper Bela Aliança of Rio do Sul, twice interviewed by TVAL – TV Legislative Assembly of Santa Catarina, and the Sustainability Green Belly Network Program. We also participated in several regional radio programs. The results were also presented at scientific meetings, including international scenario, as the I World Congress on Agroforestry, which was held in India in 2014. And the project is broadcasted in a striking presence on the web, and our website registers more than 10.000 of monthly visits.




Team: Coaching in agronomy, forestry and/or the environment areas. Professionals in sociology and computer area are desirable;

Facilities: Office incorporating at least five people and their equipment. Outdoor area for forest hatchery facility;  

Equipment: Computers with Internet access; Inkjet or laser; Thermal printer for labels; vehicles for transportation to rural properties; cameras with GPS receiver and GPS/GNSS gear; refrigerator or chamber for storing seeds;

Inputs: Seeds of native species; substrate for seed germination; containers for seedlings; tools for forest hatchery operation.




 It was not made any attempts to transfer so far.



In the project management process several issues were endured. With the assistance and partnerships with governments, municipal and state schools, state and federal universities, we managed to boost the project resources. We highlight the Federal University of Santa Catarina, mainly through the PET project: Rural Sciences, Federal Institute of Santa Catarina – IFSC/Lages, the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina – IFC/Rio do Sul and the Board of Missions among Indigenous Peoples – COMIN. These partnerships have added on a very large extension to the project and it enabled the work, mainly in remote and isolated access locations.

We developed our own computer system which manages several features of the project. Since the production of seedlings, with its identification, control, inventory tracking, order of seedlings and sharing information with the 6 Project seedling production hatcheries, through the enrollment of family partners and to further “trading” of carbon stocks along to business partners. The system set up to the project management is very versatile and efficient, triggering full transparency in fundraising towards farmers. In the future, we plan its expansion, enabling the partnership with other institutions in municipality and far states. In pursuit of operational accuracy, local teams will continue to be rendered, distributed in the municipalities of operation, decreasing a great deal of transportation costs, and increasing the project activity in local communities.

Upon the current project status, the consolidation of the network connects farmers and business companies upon the quest for environmental responsibility, and this will remain as the main challenge. The quest for additional partners, the network expansion, the international featured endeavor and the fundraising increase. And above all, the search for a proposal of sustainability of life in rural and urban areas.


It is possible to visit the labor via appointment, every business day from 14:00 to 18:00 hours.


Nº of visitors: Up to 10 people.

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