PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY ONE GARDEN AT A TIME
WITH DEBORA DIDONE FROM PICAFLORA
ANIMAL & PLANT PROTECTION
Débora lives in Salvador – Bahia, Brazil. She is a journalist by profession, but has extensive experience in Permaculture and gardening. Currently her work and vocation is to teach the communities this wonderful, important and necessary discipline. In Salvador, she leads the Canteiros Coletivos (collective gardens, in english) movement, stimulating the creation of green living areas in urban spaces, and also represents the PICAFLORA network spreading the necessity of planting pollinating gardens in the city.
ABOUT THE Organisation
Picaflora is an interdisciplinary and diverse network that wants to inspire communities to plant pollinating gardens and also educate people about this very important topic.
Pollinators play a crucial role in creating and maintaining healthy, viable landscapes.
Bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, hummingbirds and others are nature’s means of propagating many if not most of the world’s flowering plants. Without them, biodiversity, and the web of life itself, is existentially threatened.
Climate change, deforestation, disproportionate use of pesticides, change in land use, loss of habitats, growth of urban areas and other environmental problems are the causes of the loss of pollinator populations.
PicaFlora now leads workshops, seminars, and courses around Costa Rica and Brazil educating children and adults about the beauty, utility, and importance of pollinators, and creating a trail of pollinator gardens in their wake that add beauty, fresh air, and health to urban and industrial landscapes.
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ABOUT THE PROJECT
In many places – including the ever-more-developed eastern half of Brazil – pollinators have been having a tough time thanks to a toxic combination of pesticides, deforestation, overdevelopment, landscape fragmentation, and habitat destruction. In many places, their numbers are half or less of what they once were.
Flowering plants depend on pollinators for their reproduction, and at the same time, humans depend on both the animals and plants to produce food, survive and thrive.
Picaflora network was founded by a group of ten dreamers on november of 2019 to stimulate people around the world to create pollinator gardens into urban areas, and through that highlights the importance of the role of pollinators species for our own human survival and the influence it has within the mitigation of the current extinction of these animals.