Tourism lever RDS sustainable initiatives in Rio Negro

10 of October of 2012 - Community prepares to heat tourism market with great hospitality and regional cuisine

Profissional deverá apoiar atividades de turismo de base comunitária (Photo: Ana Jatahy)

Institutions from various parts of Brazil met, in Manaus, to discuss sustainable tourism in the Amazon, in September 2012. II Workshop on Community Based Tourism, the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) joined other institutions to present progress and challenges in tourism projects implemented in community-based. The event was an initiative of the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA), in partnership with the Foundation for Research in the Amazon (Fapeam) and several other institutions working in the field of tourism in the State.

Na mesa, were placed initiatives of governmental and non-governmental presented by the beneficiaries of the shares. Do Pará, the Health and Happiness Project presented the successes of promoting sustainability in the Dwarf community Extractive Reserve Tapajos-Arapiuns, in Santarém, which has become a benchmark in community tourism in the middle of the Amazon Forest. “We are adapting to the tourist reality without losing the roots”, comenta Maria Reginalda, community coordinator of the locality.

Do Amazon, important leaders of the communities of the lower Rio Negro presented an overview of current tourism initiatives in their regions. Representing the community of Bela Vista Jaraqui, State Park Anavilhanas, o Sr. Francisco de Souza (Peba), coordinator of the Permanent Forum Defense of Riverside Communities Manaus (FOPEC), He highlighted the challenges arising from the overlapping areas and the urgent need to redefine categories and establishing guidelines for public use of protected areas.

The president of the Association of Sustainable Communities Reserve of Rio Negro (ACSRN), José Roberto Nascimento presented the experiences developed in Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Rio Negro and the importance of partnership with FAS, through incentives for generating income with low impact on the environment. Gradually, tourism has been considered as relevant output. “Com essas ações, We left the illegal logging and much has improved”, says José Roberto.

Tourism in RDS Rio Negro

Community members are building a structure of services to tourism. In the community of Tumbira, a core of Conservation and Sustainability (CSC) increases the attractions for visitors to the region, artesanato dispondo house, inn and supply of electricity 24, by means of solar energy conversion. A few minutes down the river, in the community of Saracen, Community offers a restaurant quality cuisine and already receives an interesting initial flow of tourists and visitors.

For Jose, support from FAS joined willingness to change on the part of community. “When we were informed of the opportunity (Program) Bolsa Floresta, create expectations in the end deforestation, because things were difficult. Eu, for example, I got to lead almost 20 people felling trees in forest, Sabendo it was illegal. We were when we participate in the workshops and we decided to walk a new path”, comments.

The community Tiririca, a hostel is under construction with support from the community and with the participatory budget, one of the mechanisms that FAS uses for the community to decide how to invest the resources of the program.

Decision of the Community

The superintendent of the technical-scientific FAS, João Tezza, said that Grant Program Floresta (BFP) has been working for the community members themselves are the driving force in the improvement of quality of life. “The Bolsa Floresta was created with the idea of ​​valuing the riverside and greed it for growth”, out.

To give success to this proposal, Bolsa Floresta works with four key components. Alem do PBF Familiar, that benefits the community with £ 50 monthly, were implemented PBF Income, Social and Membership. They together annually invest more than U.S. $ 1.413 in each family program participant, which has more than 35 one thousand recipients statewide.

“The challenge showed great, but with community work, is working very well. Examples that can certainly be applied in other locations of Amazonas”, João ends.