Great advances and several challenges in the activities of the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS) highlighted the year of 2014. We have prioritized the consolidation of the existing programs, foucusing in the quality of results and in the efficiency and e effectiveness of our activities.
Through the Bolsa Floresta Program, over 40 thousand people and 9,411 families, residents of 574 communities were benefited. It was implemented 241 projects of income generation, 149 projects supporting the communitarian organization, 179 projects supporting the improvement of the quality of life. It was realized 101 workshops of participatory planning with over 4 thousand participants. The II Seminar of Evaluation of the Bolsa Floresta Program was hold in the Federal University of Amazonas II, with the participation of community leaderships, researchers, students and members of non-governmental organizations: a historic mark in the process of transparency, evaluation and constant improvement of the Program.
In the Education&Health Program, we’ve concluded the graduation of 45 riverine entrepreneurs in the Technical Course of Sustainable Production in the Conservation Unities. This course, pioneer in the region, has shown to be a great experience with potential of replication to the riverine and indigenous populations of all over Amazon. We’ve developed with associate institutions, an innovative approach in order to form essential human capital to the sustainable development of the region.
Inside the Conservation and Sustainability Centers, we had a 13% increase of the numbers of enrolled students, rising to 675. We’ve accelerated our partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which resulted in an important initiative about education in isolated areas, inaugurated with a seminar realized with 243 participants and 29 institutions at FAS. We’ve also expanded our partnership with Samsung, foucusing in educational projects.
Concerning conservation of nature, we’ve kept monitoring the fire focuses and the deforestation in the 16 statewide conservation unities (CUs) where we act.
Once again, we were able to achieve an expressive result, with a new decrease in the deforestation rate, which went down to 0,003 in the territory that we act. In the areas where we are attending, the deforestation is 50% lower than the CUs we don’t work. Furthermore, in the CUs where FAS work, the number of fire focuses were 27% lower than those CUs where FAS don’t work.
In the International area, FAS had a role as Executive Secretary in the release of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of UN. The release event had the presence of the global coordinator of this initiative, prof. Jeffrey Sachs among other authorities from different countries, including the General-Secretary of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, Robby
Ramlakhan among about other 70 participants. FAS also had an important participation in the Climate Conference, held in December, in Peru.
Concerning transparency, we’ve concluded the 14th external audit realized by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – all without any issues. Additionally, we’ve published all the financial demonstrations accurately in our website beyond an abstract in our annual report of FAS’ activities.
LUIZ FERNANDO FURLAN
Board President of FAS
VIRGÍLIO MAURÍCIO VIANA
Director General of FAS