Minas of Corrales green, Tacuarembó river basin territory

Reforestation of urban areas with native species, providing a better quality of life for residents and benefits for local biodiversity.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Foundation for Rural Development and Water - INDRA. Aler Donadío - President.

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Uruguay

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?

Municipalities, Mines of Corrales and Tranqueras of the department of Rivera and municipality of Ansinas of the department of Tacuarembó. Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Website or social media url(s)


Date Started

October/ 2017

Project Stage

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €50k - €100k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Traditional urban growth decreases wooded areas, replacing natural spaces with civil works that do not include green areas. Given the negative impacts of these changes, the initiative to promote the recovery of native tree species more representative of the Tacuarembó river basin in its urban areas emerged, with the aim of increasing adaptation to climate variability and reducing the effects of increased global temperature, inherent to current climate change. It also seeks to promote the increase and maintenance of biodiversity and improvements of the scenic landscape, contributing to the scope of the SDGs and generating tools and learning for the management of public funds by the actors of the territory involved (public / private)

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The creation of green spaces in urban areas with native species, generates an attractive scenic landscape for the population, while contributing to the knowledge of the inhabitants in the preservation of these spaces, through education and involvement of the Why the use of native species? and its importance in the maintenance of biodiversity, decrease in temperature and GHG concentrations, positive effects on the conservation of the soil resource and its contribution to the hydrological cycle.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Strengthen the NETWORK of actors in the territory of the Tacuarembó river basin. Generating public / private articulations and with civil society strengthening the development of the territory with sustainable proposals generated by the actors that live there. Likewise, native tree species, characteristics of the Tacuarembó river basin, and their subsequent maintenance of children, youth, women and people with disabilities, assisted by technicians with volunteer support, were incorporated into the plantation. The Tacuarembó River basin has an area of 178,000 km2.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

The success of social and ecological intervention projects are based on the appropriation of the idea by the actors involved, guaranteeing its execution and continuity. Based on the premise, the change from the classic paradigm of project development by isolated agents to local realities, incorporating civil society, representatives of local and departmental government, educational entities and local technicians at all stages, allowing each one felt as their own the final result of each stage, together with an environmental dissemination plan, aimed at demonstrating the needs of the implementation and its positive results. Another innovation was to incorporate exclusively native species typical of the Tacuarembó River basin into urban trees

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Through communication and education strategies, the importance of biodiversity is evidenced, as a transversal axis of the conservation plans inherent to all social actors, co-participating in the management of this project of the Tacuarembó River basin, as the base fundamental of the ecosystem services, of which the activities of goods and services are sustained towards urban areas and therefore reflects the need to join efforts towards a common conservation objective. In this sense, the development of techniques for identifying and linking social actors, such as stakeholders (Stakeholders), has provided us with a functional tool for identification and with this the subsequent creation of commitments of fact and law, embodied in institutional agreements, with objectives and concrete, signed and public knowledge activities.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

The establishment and maintenance of 6000 native trees, among the three municipalities indicated, distributed at the rate of 2000 in the municipality of Minas de Corrales, 2000 in the Tranqueras Municipality of the department of Rivera and 2000 in the municipality of Ansina of the department of Tacuarembó. They represent a direct positive effect on a total of 15,464 inhabitants in an area of 2,150 km² belonging to the three municipalities, at a rate of 381.7 km² and 3,985 inhabitants with an urban population of 95.1% for the Minas de Corrales municipality; 976.6 km² and 8,190 inhabitants with an urban population of 91.3%, for the Tranqueras municipality and an area of 792 km² and 3,289 inhabitants, with an urban population of 90.6%, for the Ansinas municipality. The results indicated. They have as a metric the accounting of the number of trees planted, as well as the percentage of effective survival and replacement

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

Train more technicians, mayors and local leaders in the territory, capable of managing projects on biodiversity, ecology, climate change, social inclusion and gender. Incorporate a special item into territorial planning policies that creates a balance between civil construction / green spaces / trees. Prioritize in the public education programs of primary values linked to environmental education, knowledge and respect for biodiversity, inclusive group work.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

The development of local potential, in the provision of goods and services associated with the project, generates a direct effect on the economic, social chain and the generation of territorial policies. Likewise, the involvement of civil society, when conceiving the project as its own, generates the vision of the usefulness of its permanence, the satisfaction of the objectives achieved, as well as the sense of social belonging that are evidenced in the best quality of life by The success of the project. An important fact is that more than 95% of the seedlings planted are still alive, with continuous growth and good health, because of the care and commitment of the members of the territory.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Submit the proposal to local, departmental, and national governments. Submit the proposal to calls and international cooperation. Incorporate it into the mayor's government programs. Strengthen local nursery companies (which in fact already made the commitment for 5 years) to supply the municipalities involved in the project with new seedlings at a very low cost with respect to commercial prices to make the proposal sustainable over time.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

The team is composed of 3 executives (2 directly linked to territorial management, biodiversity and climate change) 3 field technicians with experience in territory, water, soil and native forest management. The signing of agreements with public / private institutions, civil society and educational centers with the contribution of technicians, labor and knowledge, strengthen and make possible the achievement of the objectives set, while ensuring the continuity of the proposal in the medium term

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 25%

Maybe - 50%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 50%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 25%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 25%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 25%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 75%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 75%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 50%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 75%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 25%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 75%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 0%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 66.7%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 66.7%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 100%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 33.3%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 33.3%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 33.3%

Other option - 0%

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Sr. Marcos,
Quero parabenizá-lo pela iniciativa, e desejar sucesso em seu empreendimento!