Elaboration, revision and updating of the Management Plans, Preparation of the Public Use Plan and Recategorization of Conservation Units (UCs) in the East Coast, Ibiapaba and Macizo de Baturité Poles of the State of Ceará (Brazil)

Client: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) / Secretary of Tourism of the State of Ceará (SETUR/CE)

Dates: February 2018 – May 2019

Summary: This project, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), aims to prepare and, as appropriate, update the Management Plans of different protected areas of the state of Ceará (Brazil), as well as the planning of actions that allow regulating and improving the public use of the areas ensuring the conservation of their natural and cultural values.

Conservation Units of the State of Ceará (Brazil)The scope of the project included a comprehensive baseline study and diagnosis of the physical, biotic and socioeconomic aspects of a total of 12 Protected Areas or ‘Conservation Units’ (UCs), and the elaboration of 6 Management Plans, 8 Carrying Capacity Studies and 10 Public Use Plans. The Conservation Units involved present unique and threatened ecosystems such as coastal habitats and dunes, coastal lagoons, and areas that are representative of the Caatinga and Atlantic forest ecosystems. The natural and ecological complexity of the UCs is enhanced by a variety of activities that are currently being carried out by local communities, which depend on the conservation of the natural resources present on those areas, including tourism activities. I most cases those activities are not adequately regulated to ensure the UCs protection, and therefore, pose a threat to conservation.

In order to develop the required instruments by reconciling the different interests and guaranteeing the preservation of the values ​​that characterize the UCs, the multidisciplinary team of consultants carried out the following tasks:

  1. Developing a baseline study and fieldwork for the diagnosis of the conservation status of the protected areas and identification of the main risks and vulnerabilities.
  2. Conducting participatory workshops with local communities and managing councils of the UCs to present and complement the baseline study.
  3. Redefinition of the geographical boundaries of the UCs, including the development of updated maps and a report of the geographical vertices of the new delimitations for official legal approval.
  4. Developing a GIS-based zoning proposal for conservation and use of each of the UCs involved.
  5. Realization of workshops of elaboration of Participatory Maps and Participated Planning of the UCs with the communities and management councils of the protected areas.
  6. Preparation of Management Plans for the UCs.
  7. Development of Tourism Carrying Capacity analysis in 8 of the UCs included in the project.
  8. Development of Public Use Plans aimed at promoting a sustainable use of the protected areas that are intended to be used for tourism and recreational purposes.
  9. Preparation of executive summaries and documentation for the dissemination of the work to stakeholders and the general public.