riparian young RDS Uacari learn to monitor forest clearing using GPS

14 June 2019 - Are about 60 young leaders who received training through maps, GPS satellites and images. They will also make visits to the regions with the highest rates of forest clearing and hotspots


Near 60 young leaders of the Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Uacari, a 1.540 kilometers from Manaus, They participated in a participatory monitoring workshop deforestation and hotspots in the forest. The activity is part of the Sustainable Amazonas Project, a partnership between Petrobras and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), which aims to bring sustainable development actions of riverside communities in the basins of Solimões and Amazon rivers.

The training took place at the Rural Family House of Campina, in Conservation and Sustainability Center Bertha Becker, and addressed issues related to the conservation of the forest, use only do, and the mobilization of young local leaders to halt deforestation. Participants had access to maps RDS Uacari where they were able to identify the possible causes of hot spots shown on satellite images.

Workshop was held at the Rural Family House, RDS Carauari. Photo: Dirce Quintino / FAS

Furthermore, a training course was held for seven young people who act as volunteer agents geoparticipativos. They will be able to contribute on a daily basis for the environmental monitoring of the RDS in the coming months.

"Participatory monitoring is a key conservation strategies. The idea is to further strengthen the direct link between conservation and communities, empowering not just on the relevance of the areas of protection, but how each can be part of this battle ", Andressa Lopes explained, FAS analyst tracking.

Young identified the possible causes of heat Reserve. Photo: Dirce Quintino / FAS

Impact with technology

During the training, volunteers received notions about the use of the GPS device and the electronic completion of forms with data collected by smartphones and tablets. The technology has been well received by young people Reserve. Among them Eliane de Oliveira, 18, Bauana the community. To ela, learn how to operate the GPS device was one of the highlights of training. "I found very interesting the part where we learn to move in GPS, these technical things, because it is a very important thing that will help us at work and in other areas ", said the young.

Within the process, young leaders will also make visits to the regions with the highest deforestation rates and hotspots to investigate the causes of the problem. According to participants, one of the main expectations is the largest community engagement. "I think this project will have an impact on communities because we will take what we have learned here to be applied there", Alessandro scored Araújo, 18, Xibauazinho the community.

Young leaders had training on the use of GPS. Photo: Dirce Quintino / FAS

In the coming months monitoring the work of the voluntary agents will be made by the manager of the Rural Family House of Campina, Enoch Ventura, that will make a travel schedule in which each volunteer will be responsible for an area, noting the proximity to where they live and, from this, collect the necessary information to qualify the monitored data.

The actions of the Sustainable Amazonas Project also occur in the RDS Mamirauá, Black River RDS, Protection Area (APA) Rio Negro and Extractive Reserve (Resex) Catuá-Ipixuna and, além disso, the environmental monitoring workshops will also take training in the area of ​​entrepreneurship, education and income generation.

On the FAS

The FAS is a Brazilian non-governmental non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development, environmental conservation and improving the quality of life of coastal and indigenous communities living in the Amazon Protected Areas. The role of FAS in the UC receives strategic cooperation of the Secretary of State for the Environment (Sema) and resources of the Amazon / BNDES Fund, in addition to the support and partnership of companies and institutions.

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