Day Amazon 2019 begins with immersion and experience in sustainable RDS Rio Negro

12 de February de 2019 - Students and country several places professionals participate in ten-day course in the forest on the riverside and indigenous daily life and in search of sustainable solutions for the future of the planet and the region

Photo: Dirce Quintino

Ten days of pure learning in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, knowing more about the life in the woods and seeking to develop skills and sustainable solutions for the future of the planet and the region. It is proposing the Day Amazon, a ten-day course that started this weekend in the Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Rio Negro, in the municipality of Iranduba, about 80 kilometers from Manaus by boat.

The next few days, students and professionals from various fields and various places of the country live in riverine and indigenous communities participating in an educational program with the proposal to bring an immersive experience and a local sustainable. Divided into theoretical and practical content, The course is taught by Amazon-Edu, education platform of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), non-governmental organization that promotes sustainable development actions, environmental conservation and improving the quality of life of people living in the State Conservation Units, in technical cooperation with the Department of Environment (Sema).

Learn how to make the natural cycles of the Amazon region, as if today organize indigenous peoples living in it, social movements as rubber tappers, stories, traditions and practical challenges for a sustainable future of the Amazon are some of the steps of the course Day Amazon. Training continues until 17 February.

“Our intention is to live in a traditional community within a Conservation Unit (UC) in the middle of the Amazon and participants to discuss and expand their knowledge about some key issues, which are key to this new world we are living”, explains Laura Candelaria, Amazon-Edu supervisor. The entire course, she said, It is divided into three levels of knowledge: systemic, with a global vision of sustainability, Amazon and development; Community, which seeks to create relationships between what is living in local communities and communities where participants live; and personal level, where the focus is on reflection and individual growth of each participant with the learned topics.

“The personal level is very important, It is how it reflects the inner self. What is your function before it, I as an individual am doing or I do to this evolution and this new global moment we believe to be living, time of transition, more sustainable economic development”, said Candelaria.

“Our intention, through this and other educational programs within the Amazon-Edu, Boost is the formation of processing agents. Aingir sustainability is a complex challenge, complex challenges we solved with simple solutions not using a diverse group, bringing diversity and the exchange of knowledge into the classroom, into the discussion”.


Even the participants Day Amazon are part of that diversity needed to achieve a more sustainable future. They are 16 to all, aged between 21 a 45 years, from different backgrounds and occupations and coming from various regions of the country. As a consultant and facilitator of sustainable business in Guarulhos, São Paulo, Marisol Garcia. “A working former colleague participated in the first edition of the Day and told me the experience he had lived in the Amazon. I soon became interested in this community issue, alternative forms of income training, because working with it. I was increasingly looking to expand my field of possibilities beyond São Paulo, I've always acting. The course is an opportunity to expand the look and awareness of my own talents and what I can offer to the world”, said.

The anthropologist Lucas Barbosa, acting with social actions in a peripheral community Salvador, Bahia, aims to bring youth and community served by it the sustainability and community experiences learned in Day Amazon. “Have the opportunity to make a ten-day immersion in a riverside community in the midst of the largest tropical forest in the world, which has principles of sustainability, You can come here and be learning, undergoing such training, it is egrandecedor. A community that rebuilt, It was remade in context with series of political and historical implications. It's more or less what we are living here in this occupation that I act in Bahia”, said. “What you do there may also be involved in living in a sustainable supply chain”.


In addition to the FAS facilitators, riparian and indigenous people living in Rio Negro RDS become teachers within the training course Day Amazon, valuing traditional knowledge. “It has part of formal content, n the classroom, but much of the course is really going, meet people in the community, ask permission and enter homes, have a coffee, see how you do the flour, as the production of wood, understand a little more how this sustainability comes at a conservation area in the middle of the Amazon”, said Laura Candelaria.

Course Day Amazon happens in riverside communities of St. Helena Tumbira and the English and the indigenous community of the Three States, all located within the RDS Rio Negro. Inside RDS, families of coastal and indigenous communities live their own income generation, through sustainable production chains such as tourism and crafts, managed fishing, flour production, Forest management, and others. FAS supports and encourages sustainable actions in dozens of other protected areas by the State, with support and funding from the Bank Amazon / BNDES and technical cooperation with the Sema.