Populations supported by FAS have higher average monthly income compared to non-beneficiaries

21 the December the 2019 - Preliminary research results demonstrate improvement in the quality of life of those living in protected areas and receives education activities and income generation promoted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation

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The life of riparian and indigenous peoples living in protected areas (UC) Amazon managed by the State, and are supported with education activities and income generation developed by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), has improved considerably in recent years. A survey conducted by Action Market Research showed a difference of 23,5% the monthly average family income of those who are beneficiaries of FAS's shares compared to those who are not served by such programs and projects in the same geographical areas.

The results, preliminary and raised with populations of Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Rio Negro, RDS Puranga Conquest and the Environmental Protection Area (APA) Rio Negro, territories covering an area of 790.923 hectares of land, point to the realization that the lives of people benefited by FAS shares in these locations has greatly improved after the implementation of programs and projects of education and income generation, for example. When all, are 1.154 families 42 communities in those regions served by foot in Forest Program, the old Bolsa Floresta.

The research was divided into two stages. The first was the phase of qualitative interviews with 31 leaders and 16 Protected areas managers participating in the XXIII Leadership Meeting, an event held in Manaus with presidents of associations and leaders several areas of the state, and the second stage was a quantitative research phase conducted in seven PAs, covering 151 communities, to Sample 1.060 questionnaires applied to beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries.

Furthermore, qualitative studies were not limited to riverine and indigenous leaders, also they beheld the managers of protected areas, ou historian, Civil servants living in those areas and related Department of Climate Change and Protected Areas Management (DEMUC), da Secretaria de Estado do Meio Ambiente (Sema), which is the department responsible for the management of these protected areas.

"The leaders of associations are legitimate representatives of the residents of the Conservation Units and the focal point of FAS for the articulation of these initiatives, monitoring of programs and projects. Know the opinion of these leaders it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of actions that encourage social empowerment and also to target new approaches ", He explained the manager of the Management and FAS Transparency Program, Michelle Costa.

From 2011 They are made independent research to measure the opinion and satisfaction of the beneficiaries of the FAS programs and projects in the State Territories. On 2015 It was also made research, with the same goal of understanding the impact of interventions of public policies, like Foot in Forest Program, in people's lives. These studies follow geographic coverage, Methodological approach and statistical parameters that ensure comparability between them, key aspect to understand the evolution of the degree of satisfaction regarding the implementation of programs, the institutional image of the FAS and the effects of interventions on environmental conservation, improving the quality of life and sustainable development.

New research should be developed in the range of every four years, with the enlargement perspective for other protected areas, including counterfactual areas, ou historian, those where there is no FAS's operations. "It is essential to this survey, know the opinion of the people served by the FAS programs in communities and also those missed. Understand their satisfaction, expectations and needs and, thus, trace improvement goals and reinforce what's working ", Flavia Soares explains Sausmikat, Director of Operations of Action Market Research.

Standing in Forest

Foot in Forest Program is a public policy of payment for environmental services belonging to the State of Amazonas, FAS is applied by more than 11 years 16 Conservation Units, benefiting 581 riverine and indigenous communities. Through the population program receive actions to encourage sustainable management of natural resources, income generation and community empowerment. by FAS, the forest on foot is implemented with funds from the Amazon Fund / BNDES, Bradesco and Coca-Cola Brazil, in addition to the strategic cooperation with the State Government, via Sema.

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 forest. Through programs and projects, FAS hits a lifelong search 40 thousand people in 16 Protected Areas of the State, in cooperation with the Sema and support the Amazon Fund / BNDES, Samsung, Bradesco and Coca-Cola.