IPÊ will be 30 years old in 2022. More than 20 of them dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity in the amazon territory. All projects carried out in the region are part of the solutions for amazon which brings together initiatives aimed at strengthening communities and protected areas in the biome. Work on the biome began on the lower Negro river and later expanded into a major initiative called Integrative Solutions for Amazon Conservation.
Currently, in the lower Negro river, is realized the Navegando Educação Empreendedora na Amazônia. The team travels through the communities carrying out surveys on businesses and their entrepreneurs to devise strategies that can give impetus to these works. Everything happens with the support of the Maria I school boat, which navigates the waters of the rivers to reach the residents of the Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (RDS) Puranga-Conquista. The project has the support of the LIRA/IPÊ project – Legado Integrado da Região Amazônica and a partnership with Linkedin, the largest professional social network in the world.
In the 2010s, IPÊ supported the formalization and strengthening of local organizations, with documentation for access to public policies aimed at family farmers and artisans, contributing to the business infrastructure.
Craftsman Célio Arago (pictured left), for example, is among those benefited by IPÊ. Workshops, the courses and exchanges contributed to the further development of his skills as an artisan, a craft he learned from his father. From the Nova Esperança community, Célio’s pieces won the world and were nominated for awards. After the project, Célio today shares what he learned with the young people.
“The learning I had with IPÊ opened many doors for me. Now I teach young people in my community so that they have the same chance as me”.
Within the Soluções Integradas, IPÊ develops the following actions:
MOSUC – Motivação e Sucesso na Gestão de Unidades de Conservação held since 2012, in partnership with ICMBio and support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. A key action front is the national restructuring of the ICMBio Volunteering Program, which was supported by IPÊ in various ways, from visual communication to the digital restructuring of the volunteer register.
Since 2012, IPÊ has supported the strengthening of the National System of Conversation Units, encouraging the sharing of good management practices, fostering arrangements that expand human capital to support management, and building platforms that disseminate information and knowledge about the UCs.
MPB – Monitoramento participativo da biodiversidade, which, since 2013, has been monitoring biodiversity in 18 Conservation Units (12 million hectares) in the Amazônia with the contribution of local communities. This process is essential to understand and moderate the extent of changes that may lead to the loss of local biodiversity, support the proper management of natural resources, and promote the maintenance of the way of life of local communities. The MPB project is part of the initiative to implement the Programa de Monitoramento da Biodiversidade – Monitora of ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation), USAID, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and ARPA Program are MPB partners.
LIRA – Integrated legacy of the Amazon region, as of 2019, the actions were expanded with the project that focuses on increasing the effectiveness in the management of 86 protected areas (Conversation Units of Indigenous Lands), with integrated and networked work in the Amazônia. The project covers 34% of the protected areas in the Amazônia, considering 20 Federal UCs, 23 State UCs and 43 Indigenous Lands, in the regions of High Negro River, Low Negro River, North of Pará, Xingú, Madeira-Purus and Rondônia-Acre. LIRA is an initiative conceived by IPÊ – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas, the Amazônia Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the project’s financing partners.
Check out the main highlights of IPÊ in the Amazon:
- 320 families benefited from the Low Negro River project
- More than 4000 people benefited from Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring
- More than 30 thousand people registered in the ICMBio national volunteer register.