Supporting scientific research

 

SUPPORT TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

The Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (Fundação Amazonas Sustentável, FAS), as a reference in the implementation of activities to improve quality of life, environmental conservation, empowerment and support to productive chains in isolated communities in the Amazon. FAS also promotes partnerships with education and research institutes, development innovative projects for sustainable development following local’s livelihood peoples.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

Combine traditional knowledge (caboclo and indigenous peoples) with technical/academic in order to foster both scientific and technological knowledge related to the sustainable development in the Amazon;

Contribute to train of researchers;

Contribute to enhance activities promoted by FAS through independent studies and evaluations;

Contribute to train FAS team with the interaction with researchers;

Analyze data and indicators of FAS’ activities to improve public policies for the Amazon.

2. PRIORITY THEMES

A list of main subjects was done by FAS team, as follow:

TOPICS 1: Hydrokinetic energy generation to supply isolated communities.

In remote riverside communities in the Amazon lack of infrastructure to meet energy demands. Implementation and monitoring of low-carbon, autonomous transmission and distribution, energy-efficient, and feasible pilot-model solutions to reduce social vulnerability and environmental negative impact by improving economic and health indicators.

Productive models must be aligned with the conditions most appropriate to the local reality as the abundance of natural resources – solar energy, biomass, wind and hydro – .

Research Opportunities:

Sustainable and replicable models of autonomous energy generation.

Monitor energy indicators focused on supply management, promotion of sustainable and innovative business, awareness of use.

TOPICS 2: Improvement in sustainable production systems in riparian communities.

Within the perspective of sustainable development, FAS seeks to encourage production and improvement of alternative practices for the valorization of standing forest.

Strengthening forest-based economy, such Amazon nut, açaí berry, pisciculture and vegetable oils, needs support and proper monitoring. This covers better infrastructures, social technologies, training and management.

Research Opportunities:

Alignment with the productive chains developed by the riverside communities supported by the FAS and its objectives, for elaboration of research proposals.

TOPICS 3: Communication and connectivity to isolated communities

Aiming to support community infrastructure, access to media and connectivity to remote regions in the Amazon is a major challenge. The availability of appropriate and feasible technologies is limited and poorly tested. However it is urgent to cover public health, education, income generation to entertainment and culture.

Thus, FAS invests in the implementation of solutions such as radios, satellite internet, transportation, logistics to products, monitoring of lakes, monitoring and operation of enterprises in the communities.

Research Opportunities:

Innovative communications and connectivity technologies in remote Amazonian locations that meet the demands of emergencies and innovative communication models.

Evaluation of the impacts of solutions for connectivity for education, health and income generation

TOPICS 4: Alternatives for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public health and education services to improve quality of life.

As FAS strategic pillars, investment in education, health and citizenship promotes the expansion and qualification of public services in the communities for children, adolescents and adults.

FAS works as a facilitator – a bridge – between the supply ( municipal, state and federal) and as an inducer of efficiency and effectiveness of public policies. In addition to this, FAS has played a relevant role in designing proposals that are adapted to the local Amazonian contexts.

Research Opportunities:

EDUCATION

Pedagogical proposals adapted to the Amazonian context.

Teacher training for mixed grade classes.

Teaching strategies in innovative spaces.

Innovative school infrastructure that combines relevant education and curricular need.

Improvement and adaptation of the national and state educational indicators to the local reality.

Educational content for the sustainable development goals.

HEALTH

Full development in early childhood.

Food safety and child nutrition.

Improvement and adaptation of the national and state health indicators to the local reality.

CITIZENSHIP

Social vulnerability of children and adolescents.

Inclusion of children and adolescents.

TOPICS 5: Impacts of the Bolsa Floresta Program (PBF) for human well-being, reduction of deforestation and forest fires.

PBF as a pioneer program, based on public policy, seeks to compensate and improve the quality of life of the traditional riverside peoples by maintaining the environmental services provided by conserving the forests in State protected areas in the State of Amazonas.

The strong innovative and holistic nature of investments in income generation, empowerment, education, health, transportation, communication, monitoring, scientific development and management of protected areas have enable a fair forest-based economy.

Research Opportunities:

Evaluation of community participation in the decision-making processes on investments.

Impact of PBF on reducing deforestation.

Impact of the PBF on social vulnerability.

TOPICS 6: Solutions to adapt to climate change and resilience

Considering global climate change, developing more efficient, effective and meaningful strategies is crucial.

FAS works in isolated communities, which are quite vulnerable to climate change and have low resilience to their impacts (eg, changes in the seasonality of rivers).

Consolidating preventive and effective strategies to the Amazonian reality is an important demand, such as: displacement of houses, changes in productive areas, inclusion of resistant and resilient crops to seasonal climatic changes, monitoring of anomalies and extreme events, and capacity building for management.

Research Opportunities:

Good management practices after extreme events.

Identification and monitoring of ecological, social and climatic vulnerabilities.

Promotion of specific regional studies on impacts and future scenarios.

Strengthening and adaptation of public policies through training for decision makers and leaders.

3. OPERATIONAL STRATEGY

FAS’ scientific research operational flow has two ways:

Active Search

Priority themes pointed out by the FAS considering activities already ongoing.

Spontaneous Search

Themes are brought by researchers who may or may not be within FAS’ list of priorities.

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