The Fonte Nova has already hosted three of the six matches scheduled for the arena under the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. All three will be recorded into the history of football due to the amazing routs by (and over) great European teams: Holland's 5-1 against Spain, Germany's 4-0 against Portugal and France's 5-2 against the Swiss. There are still three World Cup matches left at the Fonte Nova, and any extra goals in those will also help recover Atlantic Forest coverage in the state of Bahia through the Gol Verde (Green Goal) project.
The initiative, part of a series of measures adopted by the State Secretariat for World Cup Affairs of the state of Bahia (Secopa-BA), will reforest an area equivalent to one football field with Atlantic Forest species for each goal scored at the Fonte Nova Arena. That is equivalent to planting 1,111 seedlings per goal.
“If the fans were already cheering for more goals in the Fonte Nova Arena, now they will cheer even more," emphasized State Secretary for World Cup Matters Ney Campello. The state's Sustainability Plan for the World Cup requires the planting of over 30,000 seedlings of the Atlantic Forest biome. These first specimens were donated by the Veracel Celulose company, which signed a cooperation agreement with the city of Porto Seguro under which it committed to plant the seedlings.
Since 17 goals have already been scored in the Fonte Nova Arena, at least 18,887 seedlings will be planted. The Secopa-BA is also searching for new partners who want to collaborate with the program. Interested parties can participate in two ways: by donating at least 1,111 native seedlings of the Atlantic Forest biome - the equivalent of a football field - and monitoring the amount donated; or by planting the species themselves. More information can be found at www.secopa.ba.gov.br.
Last Tuesday (17 June), Pataxó Chief Macuco, from the Aroeira Village, performed the planting of the first Atlantic Forest seedling at the Porto Seguro Praia Resort. The ceremony symbolized the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the Green Goal program. “We are together in the program to care for the environment. Preservation is an obligation and a right of the indigenous peoples. Forest is life," said the chief.