Social and environmental impact actions in the Pará Amazon

In just 8 months, the project exceeds results for the period. In Juruti, in the Amazon of Pará, it houses a rich biodiversity, traditional peoples, a mineral project, a sustainability institute that has been seeking to create spaces for dialogue and an environment of real sustainable development. This is the stage for the Ingá project — Indicators of Sustainability and Management in the Amazon. 

The logistical and structural challenges have been overcome with integrated planning with the local community and multidisciplinary teams. 

Elber Diniz, project coordinator, and executive secretary of the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), noted that Ingá appears at a time of institutional maturity of local organizations and greater effectiveness with the community.

"The Ingá project is the result of the work of several actors working together. They are companies, civil organizations, public authorities and especially the communities, which aim at the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable development of the region.

These are actions such as training for raising chickens, production of alternative feed, production cost, Agroforestry Systems (SAFs), access to institutional markets, among others. We are strengthening partnerships that we already had and expanding to organizations with national and international operations, in fact fundamental partnerships for the success of the Ingá Project in Juruti,” said Elber.

Ingá in numbers — Environmental:  

  • 22 tons of carbon dioxide captured.
  • 39 hectares of georeferenced preservation areas.
  • 27 hectares of Agroforestry Systems started.

Ingá in numbers — Social:

  • 209 hours of training and training.
  • 35 hours of analysis and discussions on the Participatory Rural Diagnosis (DRP) of local PEAEXs.
  • 30 farming families receiving direct socio-environmental actions.
  • More than 220 people indirectly impacted in implementation stages.
  • 08 hours of gender workshops — integrating women's association with communities.
  • 04 terms of partnerships with associations in the territories.
  • 1.4 million resources mobilized for the project. 

 Alcoa, a long-time partner of IJUS. Genesis Costa, general manager of Alcoa Juruti, highlights that “The Ingá project engages the private sector to promote just forms of sustainable development in the territories of Juruti. Alcoa integrates this strategy, with other important entities and institutions, as it understands that partnerships are fundamental to strengthen communities, allowing them to renew themselves and expand their productive capacity, assertively, in order to promote an even greater impact on society”.

Ingá entering a new phase

The project enters a new phase, through the mapping of territories via field research with the community, which brought a technical and also humanized view of the territory and the people of these environments. Thus, actions that range from strengthening people and their institutions, to direct action in agroforestry systems aimed at strengthening production chains by the people of the territory, gain an aspect of a replicable model that is being tested in practice in Juruti.

For the development of activities, the partnership with the organizations of the Agroextractive Settlement (PEAEX) of Curumucuri is essential, through the partnership with the organizations ACOGLEC — Associação das Comunidades da Gleba Curumucuri; and the mixed Cooperative of Curumucuri, PEAEX Prudente Monte Sinai through a partnership with the Association of Prudente and Monte Sinai Communities (ACOPRUMS) and the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Jará. In sum, there is a protection area of 40 hectares, and an area under recovery of 30 hectares in SAFs. 

Patrícia Bentien, a specialist in project management Usaid Brasil, knows Juruti closely, she optimistically observed the results in this period “In its first year of operation, even with all the challenges imposed by the pandemic, I highlight the aggregating power of the Ingá project, and the excellent work of developing participatory rural diagnoses (DRPs), in Curumucuri and Prudente Monte Sinai. The DRPs are essential foundations for several field actions foreseen in the project, such as the recovery of areas degraded by agroforestry systems”. 

Denyse Mello, project manager at Plataforma Parceiros pela Amazônia (PPA), highlighted the importance of the initiative for the Platform's portfolio and for the municipality of Juruti: “The project showed significant progress and results, both with diagnoses and with training and qualification actions, the establishment of partnerships and the dissemination of information to the community and local organizations. (…) IJUS is a local organization, with local people, which has advanced a lot and performed very well in coordinating this initiative, which today is a reference within the PPA”, said Denyse.”.