The Intervales State Park is a Protected Area consisting of over 41,000 hectares in the state of São Paulo created in June 1995. It is managed by the FF, an entity linked to the State of São Paulo’s Secretariat of the Environment. The head office of the park is located in the municipality of Riberão Grande, about 30 km from the municipality’s centre. The area currently welcomes 8,000 to 9,000 visitors per year. About half of these visitors utilize the hosting services. In 2007, Intervales State Park received the main management tool provided for Brazilian protected areas: the Management Plan, coordinated by Ekos Brasil.
In the scope of the MP, surveys and analyses will support the planning and decision-making strategies to mitigate the impacts of public use on the park’s trails. The surveys were based in two studies regarding the visitation and their impacts in the Intervales State Park:
- “Levantamento dos Impactos do Uso Público e Suas Limitações para o Aumento da Visitação no Parque Estadual Intervales”, 1999, Relatório de consultoria; (“Survey on the Impacts of Public use and its Limitiations for increasing visitation in the Intervales State Park”, 1999, Consultancy report;)
- “Seleção de Indicadores para o Monitoramento do Uso Público em Áreas naturais Protegidas”, 2002, Dissertação de Mestrado, ESALQ/USP. (“Indicators for Monitoring Public Use in Protected Natural Areas, 2002, Master’s Dissertation, ESALP/USP)
- The analysis of data obtained in the evaluation of public use’s impacts provides a description of current activities, reports results on biophysical and social impacts, and presents proposals for action or management strategies