With the support of Exchange Income Floresta, Helena's English community gets a new hostel

26 of May of 2014 - Construído por comunitários, empreendimento pretende fortalecer roteiro turístico do baixo rio Negro

Community raised inn with support of the Bolsa Floresta | Photo: Alex Pazuello / AGECOM

Juma (Reserve) Rio Negro has a new tourist attraction on Sunday (25): Pousada Vista Rio Negro, built in St. Helena community English, Iranduba-AM (60km of Manaus). The project was built with income component of the resources of the Bolsa Floresta (BFP), Managed by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and funded by the Amazon / BNDES Fund, with hand riverside work and support of Banco Bradesco and Iranduba Prefecture.

The initiative has the support of the State Center for Conservation Units (CEUC), through the Secretary of State for Environment and Sustainable Development (SDS), and the participating entities of the Community-Based Tourism Forum Lower Rio Negro.

“This is another investment of the Bolsa Floresta Income, which aims to make the forest have more value standing than felled. On 2013, FAS invested in 645 projects for income generation in 573 communities where the program is implemented. We expect this hostel is a landmark for tourism in Rio Negro, due to partnerships involved in Community Based Tourism Forum”, It explains the general superintendent of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), Virgilio Viana.

The inn is the result of the decision of the riparian own, through the participatory process of defining the Bolsa Floresta investments, managed by FAS. The complex has eight bedrooms, with space for four people each. Daily revolve around R $ 50, with breakfast included. Reservations can be made by calling (92) 8169-2258 or 9279-6548, with Nelson Community or Lili.

The lower Rio Negro region offers a number of tourist attractions harmonious with nature, among them the possibility to practice fishing, walking trails, touring igapós, beyond the traditional focus of alligators in the dark water of river. The community also prepared a special itinerary for the World Cup 2014, including sports involvement through traditional riverine football matches.

Green passport

This year, communities of the left and right banks of the Rio Negro were included in tourist itineraries of the Green Passport Campaign, one Global Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Tourism, coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The itineraries aims to support the qualification of the productive chain of tourism and the implementation of basic and tourism infrastructure, as well as environmental education activities promoted by the Ministry of the Environment (MMA). The action also encourages tourists to consume consciously and reduce the impacts of tourism on the environment.

The left margin of the script has the Cologne Central communities, St. John Tupé, Julião, Bela Vista, San Sebastian and New Hope, including attractions such as canoeing, River Bath, cabocla fishing and interaction with dolphins. But the right bank of the script includes the communities Tumbira, St. Helena's English, Sarac, Saint Thomas, St. Anthony and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, offering in addition to these activities, alligators, trails and rich handicraft.

Both routes are the result of a sum of FAS efforts, CEUC / SDS, State Company of Amazonas Tourism (Amazonastur), State University of Amazonas (UEA), Institute for Ecological Research (IP?), NGO Nymuendaju and the Permanent Forum Defense of Riverine Communities of Manaus (Fopec).

Bolsa Floresta Income

The Bolsa Floresta Program (BFP) It operates in four parts: Income, Social, Association and Family, aimed at generating income, improving quality of life and strengthening community. Income component annually invests about R $ 260 thousand per PA (UC) in sustainable economic activities, directed to the vocation of each booking. Currently, are about 39 thousand people benefited from the initiative, distributed over 8 thousand families.