Resource P&D of the free zone industries can finance projects in the Amazon communities

8 the November the 2019 - Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) It was authorized by the Committee of Research and Development Activities in the Amazon (CAPDA) to raise funds from businesses and invest in projects in these regions

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The alliance of traditional knowledge with scientific knowledge has generated positive results to the bio-economy in the Amazon. research and development initiatives (P&D) and innovation already promoted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and partners have improved the quality of life of indigenous and riverine populations living and caring for forests. Now these activities will reach a new level: resources from industries in the Manaus Free Zone (ZFM) They may be used to finance projects P&D in these traditional communities where it operates FAS.

Last Wednesday (6), the Committee of Research and Development Activities in the Amazon (CAPDA), linked to the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (Suframa), published in the Official Gazette (DOU) a resolution confirming enabling FAS to perform research activities, development and innovation in the riverine and indigenous communities using resources of the ZFM industries. The funds may be used to promote new technologies in the bio-economy, Supply chain management, sustainable development and the generation of employment and income.

The resolution of the DOU, the nº 6/2019, specifies that the enabling of the Amazon Sustainable Foundation (FAS) It is the result of the 59th meeting of CAPDA, ocorrida em 29 October this year. In the document are also the places where the specified P activities&D and innovation promoted by companies of the free zone may be developed, namely, Nuclei in Conservation and Sustainability (CSCs) FAS spread in the following protected areas managed by the State: Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Uacari; RDS Uatumã; RDS Mamirauá; Juma Reserve; RDS Rio Negro and the Environmental Protection Area (APA) Rio Negro.

"It is an extremely important achievement for two reasons. First because it opens up an opportunity to raise funds to support the development of new technologies to the production of bio-economy chains in the Amazon and also because it represents a conceptual breakthrough for P policy&D in the region, recognizing the forest laboratories to be eligible to receive resources to innovation, The technology, not just those conventional laboratories of research institutions with microscopes and computers. In this way we put the forest as a laboratory of himself ", said the general superintendent of FAS, Virgilio Viana.

Forest Lab

From 2014 FAS has been promoting P projects&D and innovation in traditional communities in the Amazon combining traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge in areas called "laboratories of the Forest", or Labflor. In these areas the activities of P&D are developed in order to add value to natural resources and forest products, creating new technologies and giving prominence to the riverside and indigenous knowledge, and involves steps such as management and collection of forest and fishery resources; primary processing; storage and transportation; secondary processing to the final market; and logistics and certification of forest products and fishing.

The activities are done together with partner institutions and with whom FAS has formal agreements for technical and scientific cooperation. A Labflor successful example is the Community-Based Company (EBC) Bauana, an enterprise engaged in the production and andiroba oils processing and murmuru and acai processing within the community Bauana, RDS to Uacari, in the municipality of Carauari, a 788 kilometers from Manaus. The project includes the management of five technicians in sustainable production and is made with the Amazon Technological Education Center (Cetam). Only in the year 2018 foram produzidas 1,5 murmuru tons of butter in EBC Bauana first contract with Natura Brazil, directly benefiting 30 families 2018.


The Committee of Research and Development Activities in the Amazon (CAPDA), linked to Suframa, It was created in 2002 and integrates Computer Law No. 8.387, from 30 December 1991. The committee is responsible for managing the resources allocated to research and development activities, where such resources are the result of investments by development companies or production of IT goods and services. The CAPDA includes representatives of the State Government and institutions fostering research and innovation, beyond the scientific community and the business sector.

On the FAS

The Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) It is a Brazilian non-profit organization with no party political ties whose mission is to make the forest worth more standing than cut, promoting sustainable development actions and quality improvement of life of people living in the forests. Through programs and projects, FAS hits a lifelong search 40 thousand people in 16 Protected Areas of the State, in strategic cooperation with the State Government, por meio da Secretaria de Estado de Meio Ambiente (Sema), and support from the Amazon / BNDES Fund, Samsung, Bradesco and Coca-Cola Brazil.