AM bordering the young gather in Manaus to discuss the role of youth in the Amazon

7 the November the 2018 - In five days, young leaders from different municipalities participate in the 7th Knowledge Exchange, event that seeks to strengthen the participation of youth in the Amazon Protection

Meeting brings together young people from riverside communities in the Amazon | Photo: Dirce Quintino

*Extracted newspaper Time, in 07.11 from 2018

What is the face of the Amazon river youth? What it is to be young and live in the middle of the Amazon rainforest? How important is this youth for the preservation and sustainable development of the region? Knowing this population group, ages 14 a 26 years, and make them recognize as fundamental for the present and future of the Amazon is the goal of 7 Exchange of Knowledge, the largest gathering of riparian state youths happens this week, from 5 a 9 November, in Manaus.

Are about 50 young people from various municipalities in the state, young leaders who traveled by boat and by road to the capital of Amazonas to participate in a set of learning and exchange life experiences. The purpose? Build capacity as committed actors in the defense of their communities and protected areas (UC) where they live, in environmental protection and the fight for public policies.

O event, promovido pela Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), with support from the State Department of Education (Seduc) and financial support from Samsung, follows a long schedule, ranging from one aulão on Amazon, with concepts of biodiversity and climate change, to workshops on riverside youth, training on sustainable development, community engagement and youth empowerment, visits to social projects in Manaus and conversation wheel with parliamentarians in Amazonas Legislative Assembly (ALE-AM).

"The focus is youth leadership. In the communities there is a social structure where young people do not have much say in decisions. At the meetings residents, for example, just young people do not participate in decision-making. So the idea is to call them to enter these spaces for discussion from an organizational effort in youth collectives ", Arthur explained Goerck, one of the coordinators of the event. "It's great meeting the riverside youths in the Amazon, the largest to date ".

The program takes place in both the FAS headquarters and in city spaces: the Municipal Park Mindu, school units of Seduc and the headquarters of the Ecological Restoration Program and Sustainable Urbanization (Reus), within the Environmental Protection Area (APA) Giant Linear Park, Redemption in neighborhood, in the western area of ​​the capital of Amazonas. The youth of the municipalities are staying in accommodation in FAS's headquarters and at the Vocational Training Center Padre Jose Anchieta (Cepan).

"It's time to join the riverside youths, recognition and celebration of the diversity of these youths. It is important because it puts together a lot of young, different places, with a similar aspect of living within the forest, all in the same room, all in the same environment, discussing their future and the future of the Amazon. Youth thinking the future of the Amazon and posing as key players and influencers of the future decision-making and the now ", said Arthur Goerck.

Youth Manifesto

At the end of the learning journey on the 7th Knowledge Exchange, the 50 young riparian event participants have a greater responsibility. They will need to produce a document, the Manifesto of the Riparian Youths in the Amazon. "It is a multimedia manifesto. A letter, a video and an artistic expression representing all they lived and also a landmark of the vision of these young people for the future ", he explained Goerck.

The document may, including, guide the creation of public policies for youth in the Amazon river and also inspire projects and programs in the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS). "It is an official document of their worldview", Arthur finished Goerck.

Education and Health

The 7th Knowledge Exchange is an event promoted by the Education and Health Program (PES) FAS. The PES seeks to promote the mobilization and empowerment of young people living in protected areas in the light of the objective of sustainable development (SDSN) of the United Nations (UN). The program has since partnership Seduc 2012 and mobilizes young people from Rio Negro APA and Sustainable Development Reserves (Reserve) Rio Negro, Puranga Conquista, Juma, Mamiraua e Uatumã.