Challenges of riverside communities in the Amazon protected areas are discussed on the 1st day of the XXII Leadership Meeting

27 of May of 2019 - Event sponsored by FAS with Sema meets in Manaus riverside leaders and presidents of various local and regional associations. Programming includes lectures, roundtables and training

Leaders river during a meeting at the FAS headquarters | Photo: Vinicius Leal

How to bring clean water to remote areas bordering the Amazon, how to secure a green area of ​​squatter invasion or illegal loggers, how to boost the market supply chains in the State? All these questions began to be exposed and debated in Manaus, a partir desta segunda-feira (27), during the XXII Meeting of the Bolsa Floresta Leaders, an event promoted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) in partnership with the Secretary of State for the Environment (Sema) and gathers, in capital, riverside leaders and presidents of various local and regional associations. The action is supported by the Amazon Fund / BNDES, Bradesco and Government of Amazonas.

With extensive program that lasts a week, until Friday (31), with discussions, speeches, roundtables and training, the meeting is to evaluate and improve the application of the Bolsa Floresta (BFP) - a public policy implemented by FAS that benefits coastal communities in protected areas (UC) - but it is also an opportunity to discuss issues, seek solutions and train and empower community leaders. Everything happens from 8h to 21h, na established by FAS, The red Alvaro Braga, 351, Parque Dez, Zona Centro-Sul. Check out the full schedule here.

At the opening of, riparian could talk "face to face" with state secretaries and present issues that affect the lives of communities in protected areas. One is Maria Barbosa Itanilde, Agroextractive president of Association of the State Forest Maués (Aspafemp), in Maués, a 276 kilometers from Manaus.

"Today people within the UC have ground, but may not have the document. The meeting is an opportunity for us to try to solve it ", said. "We came here looking for knowledge, every encounter is an experience and at the end we will take everything to the community ".

Sebastião Nogueira de Souza, President of the Association of Agro Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) do Uatumã, between the cities of San Sebastian and Itapiranga Uatumã, about 230 kilometers from Manaus, attends the meeting for the third time. "The meeting brings information, help in the organization of the association and in all areas. There we have several problems and one of them is the situation with a timber that have forest management plans, but today is locked. Already we expose and we will seek a solution together ", said.

Debate with secretaries

The Secretary of State for the Environment (Sema), Eduardo Taveira, It was one of the managers of the Executive present at the opening of the XXII Meeting of Leaders. "This meeting is very important because we can begin to see the face, the name and the story of their lives. It is an event which greatly facilitates the process of understanding the lives of these communities. Cabe a nós, Sema, manage protected areas and associations are like the mothers of UCs, and where the public policy of the Bolsa Floresta program is implemented. IT IS, actually, a time of evaluation of the actions that the state has done ".

The Secretary of State for Education (Seduc), Luiz Castro, He spoke of the importance of extending the actions developed in partnership with FAS in favor of education in coastal communities. "Education must marry sustainable development. The work that the FAS develops in protected areas along with the state is fundamental. These actions have the presence of Seduc, as, for example, pedagogy course experience what will happen in Juruá (County). We need to expand this, and environmental education also. Much needs to be done and we came here try to advance these partnerships ".

Juliano Valente, CEO of Amazonas Environmental Protection Institute (Ipaam), reinforced the work done by FAS in protected areas. "At this meeting it is training people, leadership, and leaders are important in the multiplication process of environmental education and environmental protection. Never control bodies as Ipaam, with technology, and material resources could solve the command and control actions if there are people with training. The paper develops FAS is human development and it is imperative for us Ipaam ", concluiu.

The vice president of the FAS the Board of Directors, Neliton Marques da Silva, who is a professor at Federal University of Amazonas (I trust), coordinated the debates. "The meeting is a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and reflect on various issues. It is a time to strengthen ties and integrate performance schedules. It allows the construction of an interaction of synergies between the leaders of the various Protected Areas present ", stressed.

diverse programming

Also participating in the opening of the XXII Leadership Meeting representatives of the Secretary of State for Rural Production (Sepror), the Secretary of State for Culture (SEC) e da Secretaria de Estado de Planejamento, Development, Science, Tecnologia e Inovação (Seplancti). The event follows the programming discussions, lectures and specific training in various topics, such as environmental monitoring, BR-319, solid waste, riverside entrepreneurship, sexual violence, Forest management, water resources, microcredit, bioeconomia, public safety and drug trafficking. On schedule also happens Sustainable Papo 2019, on Thursday (4), with the theme "Solutions for access to drinking water in coastal communities of the Amazon".

Bolsa Floresta Program

The main objective of the Leadership Meeting is to evaluate and improve the strategy and implementation methodology of the Bolsa Floresta (BFP), an initiative developed by FAS in 16 Conservation Units (UC) that rewards and improves the quality of life of coastal communities living in the State and communities that contribute to the conservation of the environment. The PBF is maintained with funds from the Amazon / BNDES Fund, Bradesco and Coke and receives technical support Amazonas Government.