News Highlights

Community-Based Processing Plant Brings Sustainable Development to Amazonas

The Ministry of Agriculture certified the community-based Brazil nut processing plant

Andiroba: The Seed that Generates Income and Enables People to Plan for their Future

This year the Médio Juruá Territory is expecting the best harvest this decade; families will buy equipment

Female Empowerment: Riverine Women Bet on the Production of Biocosmetics

Fifty women in the Médio Juruá region were trained on local raw material production techniques

'Value Chains' Project Promotes Strategic Planning

The objective it to strengthen the leadership role of four organizations operating at Verde para Sempre

Applications open for social projects in Barcarena

Community organizations that promote entrepreneurship in the region are encouraged to apply

Territorial Management Training Empowers Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon

Project trains environmental agents on management and monitoring tools

Visits to Projects in Pará Facilitate Information and Knowledge Sharing

USAID, PPA, CIAT teams met with local partners promoting sustainable development projects

Virtual Library Collected Information on Brazil Nuts since the 19th Century

OCA initiative includes over 1,200 items in a variety of formats

Information, Awareness, Engagement: MPB Supports Biodiversity Conservation

Participatory Monitoring Project is closing its Knowledge Gatherings

Training Program Aims to Strengthen Social Enterprises in Juruti

Program will include training cycles and a business round

May 22: USAID supports projects focused on biodiversity conservation

Nature-based solutions are the key to sustainable development challenges

Research shows perceptions of the PPA network about the initiative

Perception analysis indicates 93% consider that its management creates confidence in the PPA

Investment fund co-designed with USAID and CIAT embarks on second phase

The ASN Biodiversity Fund announced their investment in the ABF Brazil

USAID Launches New Climate Strategy with Six Ambitious Targets by 2030

Goals include the conservation of 100 million hectares of forest around the world

Indigenous People Attend Climate Change Training in Roraima

CIR works on the implementation of territorial and environmental management plans

Indigenous Economy: Texts Highlight the Importance of Value Chains

Publications showcase data on the artisans products, Brazil nut, cocoa, and açaí

Value Chains Initiative brings together partners in Brasilia

During three days, 13 organizations discussed the difficulties they faced during the pandemic

Community-Based Brazil Nut Processing Plant Receives Export License

ASSOAB acquires raw nuts from 126 families from traditional communities

Organic Agroforestry Coffee Prepares to Scale Production in the Amazon

Innovative investment round boosts coffee production combined with carbon credits

Earth Day: USAID supports new investments in biodiversity conservation

The Amazon is critical to containing climate change and regulating the planet’s climate

USAID signs memorandum of understanding with GCF Task Force

The team also participated in lectures throughout the event in Manaus

Fire brigade women celebrate their role and their resilience

Event was promoted by the US Forest Services and had representation across five countries

Ingá Project supports female leadership in communities around Juriti

Videos present women’s actions to increase their involvement in collective decisions

Riverine women united to strengthen their role in their communities

Through ASMAMJ, women now engage in income generation activities

Award: Brazilian Women Making a Difference

The recognition goes to women who are making a positive impact in their communities

Investing in quilombola culture to fight climate change

Project will map the role of traditional communities in tackling climate change

Amazon seeds: income for communities, and protection for the forest

PTMJ strengthens seed and oil value chain, benefiting 2,652 riverine people

Innovative training includes women in integrated fire management

Project seeks to promote gender and cultural diversity, including Indigenous People

Training program encourages Indigenous Peoples to develop projects

Women's empowerment: Entre Parentas will have its last module in March

Forest expeditions to monitor territories and preserve Indigenous culture

Field activities for the Territorial Management project were resumed in the Amazon

Indigenous networks fight COVID-19 in Amazon communities

Young people learn to use tools to disseminate prevention practices and fight misinformation

First phase of the PPA Solidarity initiative ends its cycle of activities against COVID-19 in the Amazon region

After more than a year working to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, PPA Solidarity partners ended their activity cycle. The project results will be consolidated in a report, with its publication estimated for the next few months.

Partnership Platform for the Amazon Announces finalists

Start-ups, community organizations, and impact enterprises geared towards forest conservation and social-environmental development are among those selected.

Liter of Light Helps Illuminate Amazon Communities

The riverine communities of Médio Jurua now have access to low-cost, recycled and environmentally-friendly solar-powered lamps. With USAID/Brazil support, over 56 communities currently living off the country's energy grid, built and installed more than 600 lamps, made from PET bottles and LED lights.

Workshop develops protocol to monitor sustainable pirarucu fishing in Amazon protected areas

USAID partners the Ecological Research Institute (IPÊ) and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) hosted the Second Workshop toward a Monitoring Protocol for sustainable pirarucu fishing in Conservation Areas, September 4-8. The workshop is part of the Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring initiative, which covers nearly 12 million hectares of tropical forests over 17 protected areas in the Amazon.

PCAB’s partners gather to celebrate progress and discuss alternatives that join development and biodiversity conservation goals

The Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity (PCAB), the consortium of partners implementing the bilateral agreement between the United State and Brazil, had its Second Annual Meeting in Brasília September 11-12. USAID/Brazil, jointly with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), the Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity (ICMBio), the National Indian Foundation (Funai),and the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA), guide the PCAB’s implementation. The PCAB’s implementing partners include the U.S. Forest Service, and a number of civil society and private sector institutions.

New products will help visitor experience at Anavilhanas National Park

Last June, interpretation specialists from USFS and Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management joined the staff of the Anavilhanas National Park to develop interpretative products for guides and boat operators. The need for support in developing materials for existing and potential boat operators and guides who work with tourists in the Anavilhanas aquatic trails network was identified in the Anavilhanas’ Park Interpretation Plan, developed under the PCAB.

USAID PPA partners make the case for sustainable business in Forum of Impact Investment

The Partnership Platform for the Amazon (PPA) led two sessions at the recent 2018 Forum on Social Finances and Impact Investment in São Paulo June 6-7. The 2018 Forum was the second national-level event of its kind, and the first to include a focus on the potential for social investment financing in the Amazon region of Brazil, led by the PPA members. The Forum gathered over a thousand global social investment leaders and participants from throughout the world.

Good news on Brazil nut monitoring: Best practives poised for replication in other extractive reserves - 02/2018

ICMBio’s Robson Silva hit on an important natural resource management principal when he noted, “It is very important that the products resulting from extractivism are monitored. This facilitates analysis of the sustainability of resource use by traditional populations in and around federal Conservation Units. It also allows us to estimate, with certainty, the quantities extracted, and to implement eventual corrective actions in production practices.”

U.S and Brazil reaffirm partnership commitments to conserve Amazon’s biodiversity - 02/2018

On March 7, 2018, Michael Eddy and Ambassador João Almino, the directors of USAID/Brazil and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) respectively, signed the 7th Amendment to the Development Objective Agreement (DOAG) between U.S. and Brazil, which governs the Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity Program (PCAB).

Quilombolas from Pará learn how to become “YouTubers”, sharing their perspectives from Amazon-based forest communities with the world

Crossed by big rivers and home to indigenous populations and quilombola communities, descendants of escaped slaves groups, and located in the very North of Brazil in the Amazon Forest, few people know much about Oriximiná, one of the biggest municipalities in Brazil, the size of Portugal. That is about to change: In the last weekend of January, a group of 40 quilombola youth attended a YouTube video production course to help them to create a channel to show their lives and culture to the rest of the world.

Community leader wins international environmental award

A community leader in Pará was awarded one of the most important international environmental awards in the world for her critical role in a community-led sustainable timber project supported by the PCAB. Just before Christmas, Maria Margarida Ribeiro da Silva, from the Extractive Reserve Verde para Sempre, in Pará State, arrived in Germany to receive the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award, named after the late Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist.

Partnerships were the central theme of ICMBio’s third national “best practices seminar” for the Protected Areas management

The Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity (ICMBio) held its 3rd National Seminar on Best Practices in the Management of Protected Areas November 27 to 29 bringing to a close the celebrations of ICMBio's 10th anniversary. The Seminar also represented ICMBio’s first hosting of an international seminar for Protected Areas Best Practices, demonstrating Brazil’s growing leadership in this area and a great potential for future US-Brazil led trilateral cooperation.

Fifth anniversary of the indigenous land management policy

Indigenous and socioenvironmental organizations, together with National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) held a seminar in Brasilia to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the National Policy for the Territory and Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands (PNGATI). The Brazilian Education Institute (IEB), a local USAID Implementing Partner, supported the coordination of the event, which took place in early October.

USAID and private sector partners launch platform for sustainable development of the Amazon

December 20, 2017 The Partnership Platform for the Amazon (PPA) was launched successfully on December 6th, culminating a year of coordination and planning. Through leadership from the private sector, the PPA seeks to stimulate a sustainable Amazon based economy that strengthens small and medium business and fosters local entrepreneurship, while conserving forests and biodiversity. The Legal Amazon geographical region is responsible for 8% of Brazil’s GDP despite representing 60% of Brazilian territory. Its natural resources are under increasing pressure - in the last two years deforestation in the region reached 1.4 million hectares without significant socioeconomic return to the local population.