FAS and institutions are open letter in defense of the Amazon Fund

9 th August 2019 - Institutions reinforce the importance of the fund for programs, projects and forest conservation activities and internalization of sustainable development in remote areas and vulnerable populations

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Institutions that subscribe this document reinforce the importance of the Amazon Fund programs, projects and forest conservation activities and internalization of sustainable development in remote areas and vulnerable populations in the Amazon and benefits for Brazil. So, the Amazon Fund must be defended by all of us.

The Amazon occupies most of the country and is home to 30 million people. But all of us Brazilians rely on this which is the largest biome in the world. The territory is very diverse and complex: there are producers of large and medium-sized, family farmers, ribeirinhos, extractive and indigenous peoples. In common between them, there is the challenge of managing natural resources for income generation and business, both for private purposes as community and collective.

What difference, however, It is how to deal with this environment. Because Amazon is imposed decisions that each one takes in their day to day: HE, for some, the forest is an obstacle to development, for many it is the basis of his life and, as such, It should be conserved and managed in a sustainable manner.

Nesse sentido, the recent debates on the Amazon Fund, albeit misguided, generate opportunity to analyze their impacts on forest conservation and the development of supply chains, as well as provide an opportunity for Brazilian society into contact with issues related to sustainable development of the Amazon.

command and control actions are the first step in this direction and have been implemented by the Brazilian Government years ago — which resulted in significant loss of in deforestation 2004 until 2015. However, these actions have effectively limiting; so we need programs and infrastructure projects for the promotion of a new development agenda for the region, with social and productive inclusion.

Today the Amazon Fund finances 103 projects implemented by government agencies (38), research institutions (6), civil society organizations (58) and an international organization (1). Dos R$ 1,8 billion committed by the Amazon Fund, órgãos públicos (federal, state and municipal) represent 60% and civil society organizations just under 37%. Such projects are technically analyzed by a team of BNDES professionals. The approval of these projects is through a technical process, objective and transparent. All projects had to develop arguments and logic based intervention strategies and the thematic axes defined by the Brazilian Government (through the Amazon Fund and the Ministry of Environment) and integrated into municipal policy, estaduais e federais.

Over the past decade, the signatory institutions of this letter and promote work:

– The support of more than 3 thousand projects and sustainable income generation projects took shape and delivered results;

– Return of R $ 26 million came from the sale of sustainable forest-based products;

– The appreciation of family farming, over 15 thousand families, promoting sustainable use of soil;

– The realization of fifteen fairs sustainable products, who approached who produces those who consume, increasing food security, diversification menu streamlining the Amazon economy;

– Structuring and Network strengthening of native seeds involving 700 collectors, generating R $ 2 million in income and contributing to the restoration 6 thousand hectares;

– Support for conservation 100 million hectares of empowerment and capacity building actions to generate income with the people who live there;

– deforestation reduction in 67% in deforestation rates (2000-2017) in state conservation units in the Amazon met.

The positive effects of the executed projects have impacts beyond their respective conclusions dates: just like a stone thrown into a lake, they inspire others to follow the same public sustainable path, besides promoting the local economy in the medium and long term. The challenge is far from over and we need to integrate programs, projects and actions from all sectors so that the ultimate goal of the Brazilian government, and all citizens of the planet, is reached: Amazon conservation to full continuity of supply of environmental services (water, climate regulation), Forest products (açaí, copaiba, cassava flour, Pirarucu etc.) and the enhancement of forest peoples and their knowledge.

Subscribe to this letter the following non-governmental organizations (in alphabetic order):

Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS)

Center of Life Institute (ICV)

Institute for Sustainable Development and Conservation of the Amazon (Idesam)

Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (It maflora)

Amazon Institute for Environmental Research (Ipam)

Institute for Ecological Research (IPE)

Institute of Man and Environment in the Amazon (Imazon)

International Institute of Education in Brazil (IEB)

Green Gold Institute (JOB)

Society Institute, Population and Nature (ISPN)

Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA)

Native Amazon Operation (Ofan)