Cocoa is the main agricultural crop in southern Bahia. In addition to its economic importance in the region, the maintenance of tree cover, under which most cocoa is produced in the state, brings benefits for the maintenance of ecosystem services such as the conservation of biodiversity, carbon stock and the hydrological cycle. In this context, the MAPBIOMAS CACAU proposed to address the technical challenge of mapping shaded cocoa areas, separating them from those covered by unmanaged native vegetation.
The first phase of the project covered six municipalities in southern Bahia (Canavieiras, Ilhéus, Itabuna, Itacaré, Una and Uruçuca), which together cover approximately 5.8 thousand km2. Funded by the Arapyaú Institute and executed by the Cocoa Innovation Center (CIC), the project counted in this stage with the collaboration of researchers from UESC and UFSB, the NGO Tabôa Fortalecimento Comunitário, and the Public Ministry of Bahia. The methods and results of the first phase can be accessed on Phase 1 Report
Use this link to download the mapping TIFF file
Currently MapBiomas Cocoa is working to expand the shaded cocoa crop map to 83 municipalities in sotuhern Bahia. In this new phase, in addition to Arapyaú Institute, the iniciative also has the funding from CocoaAction Brazil and Public Ministry of Bahia and the collaboration of reseachers, students and employees from UESC, CEPLAC, CIC, UFSC and Tabôa Community Empowerment . If you want to know more about the new phase or colaborate with the iniciative by collecting field points, write to email@example.com .