Located in the transition between the Cerrado and Caatinga biomes, with an area of 56,800 hectares, the Peruaçu Caves National Park integrates the Peruaçu hydrographic basin, an affluent to the immense São Francisco River.

It is the site to one of the most expressive speleological regions in the whole of Brazil due to the great concentration of caves and grottos, containing galleries of over 100 meters high and wide, as well as the presence of numerous archaeological sites and prehistoric art panels. Ekos Brasil prepared the Park’s Management Plan and currently coordinates the implementation of infrastructure for public use and visitation.

Objective: To implement appropriate infrastructure for public use and visitation in the Peruaçu Caves National Park, which includes improvements in trails and accessible roads, basic sanitation mechanisms and edifications to accommodate tourists and highlight the parks scenic beauties.

Partners: the MP counted with the work of more than 50 specialists, mainly speleologists and archaeologists, whom classified 120 sites and conducted topographic measurements for 10 cavities. Ekos Brasil performed the coordination of the MP in partnership with Geolock in a pioneering framework contracted by ICMBio and supported by environmental compensation resources from FIAT automobiles.

 

Biodiversity:

  • 39 fauna species considered endangered
  • 1072 plant species
  • 56 mammal species
  • 332 bird species (6 of them endemic)
  • 25 amphibian species
  • 16 serpent species
  • 62 native fish species (30 of them endemic)
  • 99 butterfly species, 113 bee species
  • 586 species of cave invertebrates (275 in a single cave, 9 of them living exclusively inside the caves)
  • 120 archaeological sites