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Public notice for the concession of the National Forest of Canela launched

Published on 06/05/2021 15h10 Updated on 06/05/2021 16h13
Public notice for the concession of the National Forest of Canela launched
The Flona de Canela has an area of ??557 hectares with altitudes that reach 840 meters. - Photo: ICMBio
With the objective of stimulating ecotourism and promoting economic development combined with conservation, this public notice for the concession of the Canela National Forest, in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul, was launched this Thursday (6th). The forest concession model for ecotourism provides for more than R $ 90 million in investment in infrastructure and operating expenses over the years, according to the Ministry of the Environment. The concession is for 30 years.
In the forest, the Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, stated that this is a concession model different from those previously adopted, as it gives more freedom so that, over time, new attractions and alternatives for tourism can be thought of.
"With that, we are sure that there will be much more investment, job creation from the tourist activity for you here in the city and greatly improve the attractiveness here of Flona [National Forest]", stressed Ricardo Salles.
“This new model that starts in Rio Grande do Sul is an example for the rest of Brazil. It is based on this model that we will make, for example, Lençóis Maranhenses, Jericoacoara, Brasília National Park, Chapada dos Guimarães ”, added the minister.
The Canela National Forest has an area of ??557 hectares with altitudes that reach 840 meters. It is located in the Serra Gaúcha, a nationally consolidated tourist pole. The unit is close to the municipalities of Canela and Gramado.
Bidding rules
In the public notice of Floresta de Canela, obligations for investors are foreseen. One of them is the maintenance of the fire brigade and the monitoring and management of species. There is also the duty to carry out services that are considered essential, such as maintenance, cleaning and infrastructure so that ecotourism activity is attractive and safe.
The concession model created in 2019 seeks to promote economic development by encouraging ecotourism by attracting resources to improve the infrastructure and conservation of national parks and forests.
The forest concession allows the concessionaire only the right to practice sustainable forest management. This means that companies can extract timber and non-timber products, in addition to offering tourism services. Sustainable forest management employs techniques that make it possible to extract products with the least possible environmental impact.


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