Associação Mãe-da-lua was founded in July 2006 by Hermann Redies (curriculum) and Rebeca de Alcântara e Silva. In the constitution of the Association, we stated:
Article 2: The purpose of the Association is
a) Preservation and protection of the native flora and fauna of Brazil, with the creation of a nature reserve;
b) Environmental education;
Members: In 2011, Rebeca moved to another state, and could no longer participate in the project. Hermann's children Johanna and Martin, both college students in Fortaleza, then joined the Association. At present, Hermann is president and legal representative of Associação Mãe-da-lua, and Johanna is vice-president.
Management from 2006 to 2015: We tried to protect the RPPN from wildfires, hunters and invasion by domestic animals, like pigs and goats.
Among the main activities were:
Some schools and colleges have shown interest to work together with the RPPN for environmental education. However, because of the lack of infrastructure (visitors centre, comfortable access etc.), we cannot easily receive groups of students, and at present, the considerable potential of Mãe-da-lua for environmental education is largely wasted.
Since 2009, we have enjoyed the support of the environmental Police CPMA (Ceará). At our request, the CPMA made numerous visits in the vicinity of the RPPN, and provided decisive assistance in the prevention of wildfires and hunting (blog, in portuguese). In 2010 and 2014, we also had the help of ICMBio (CR5) in conflicts with hunters and neighbours who tried to use the RPPN as pasture for goats (blog). In 2015, the regular police (Polícia militar) of Itapajé carried out actions against hunting next to the reserve (blog). Without this help by police and ICMBio, the situation of RPPN Mãe-da-lua would be far more difficult.
By and large, our measures to protect the reserve were until now successful. In spite of some critical situations (blog 05/12/2011, blog 14/11/2013), we had no major forest wildfire. Most hunters presently avoid the reserve, though a few persist. The numbers of guans are clearly on the increase.
Starting in 2006, the project was financed by ourselves, without external donors. Unfortunately, our own financial contributions had to be discontinued at the end of 2011. In 2013/2014, the Fundação Grupo Boticário de proteção à natureza provides financial support for our project "Preservation of White-browed Guan (Penelope jacucaca) and other threatened species in RPPN Mãe-da-lua...", see our blog 17/03/2013 (in portuguese) for details.
The management plan ("plano de manejo") describes the RPPN and outlines future projects. We elaborated this important document between November 2011 and January 2012, without external consultants, and at a cost of around R$ 600 (six hundred), in total. In May 2012, the plan was accepted by the responsible federal government institution ICMBio (Portaria 63 of 24/05/2012).
Download management plan of RPPN Mãe-da-lua (Portuguese only).
Some parts of the management plan were implemented in 2013/2014 during the project sponsored by Fundação Grupo Boticário. In 2015, we had to reduce our activities, because we could not find enough workers for maintenance of trails and fence and for guarding the reserve. We hope that these difficulties are temporary and that we can continue next year.