Areas with major social, economic and environmental challenges will be the focus of the Ingá Project in Juruti

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Last week, in Juruti, west of Pará, the project was launched Ingá – Sustainability and Management Indicators in the Amazon. The project will support the formation of local human capital for the autonomy of territorial management and leadership, protection and conservation of native forests, restoration of degraded areas, support for entrepreneurship and the structuring of the observatory of sustainable development indicators in the municipality of Juruti at work the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the territory.

The project is focused on three important regions in the municipality of Juruti, the Curumucuri Agroextractive Settlement Project (PEAEX), through a partnership with organizations ACOGLEC – Association of Communities of Gleba Curumucuri; the Curumucuri Mixed Cooperative, the PEAEX Prudente Monte Sinai through a partnership with the Association of the Prudente and Monte Sinai Communities (ACOPRUMS) and the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Jará, in partnership with the Council of the Conservation Unit, in addition to actions in the urban area of the city.

The initiative is coordinated by the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), with investments from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Alcoa, the Alcoa Institute, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA), and partnerships with the Vitória Régia Institute ( IVR), International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) and Center for International Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

The Juruti municipal government will be another important partner in the project, as a beneficiary in training actions or as a partner in training actions aimed at municipal public management.

“We are increasingly seeking to structurally strengthen the foundations of our society, this project will integrate actions in various sustainability biases by strengthening people, for areas that today face various social, economic and environmental difficulties. Bringing a sustainable look to the use of natural resources in a way that creates an environment where young people, women, family farmers see their lives improve, this is a focus that we are working on and we will seek in this project. We are happy to have great partners helping us to make this a reality in Juruti". Said Maria Melo (Deise), President of the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS).

Lasting 18 months, the project will have an investment of more than R$1.6 million.

project strategies

Strategy 1: Biodiversity Conservation: Protection of 30 hectares of native forests through forest protection agreements with family farmers; Reestablishment of the equilibrium conditions of 30 hectares of degraded areas through the implementation of agroforestry systems.

Strategy 2: Biodiversity-based economy: Training of 30 family farmers in the implementation and management of Agroforestry Systems; Training 34 farmers in good poultry handling practices and Ongoing Training in Management of Community Enterprises (Formar Gestão) will train 20 social entrepreneurs aiming to increase the autonomy of community organizations.

Strategy 3: Livelihood and well-being: Training 40 Local Development Agents, Training 40 leaders in management and institutional governance.

Fausto Cruz, President of the Alcoa Institute (IA), pointed out that the Ingá project is linked to the IA's own mission, “The Alcoa Institute's mission is to collectively promote education and development in the territories in which we operate. When we speak collectively, we want to show that the Alcoa Institute is always working together, as it understands that it will not be able to promote the necessary transformations alone. Partnerships are essential for us to leverage the results of our investment. And the Ingá Project is an example of how an articulation can provide more results, be assertive and promote an even greater impact on society.”

human capital in focus

Community leaders who are members of the associations of the communities of Curumucuri, Prudente and Monte Sinai, Apa do Jará, IJUS, including the Municipal Environment Secretariat, will benefit from project actions such as the Local Development Agent Course (ADL). The training will have a direct impact on 40 people and an indirect impact on 1937 families. Training of 30 Environmental Agents and family farmers in Forest Management with emphasis on Agroforestry Systems in the areas of ACOGLEC and ACOPRUMS. Over 34 family farmers in Good Poultry Management Practices and Ongoing Training in Community Enterprise Management (Training Management) will train 20 social entrepreneurs

“To parameterize its intervention in the territory, PPA has two fundamental work premises. The first of them is to always promote the sustainable development of the Amazon, allowing its populations to strengthen themselves, expand their capacities, expand and diversify their production. The second premise is to engage the private sector to assume a central role in stimulating this sustainable development. The Ingá project, based on the consolidated partnership with Alcoa, makes it possible to fully achieve both premises. We guarantee resources and opportunities for IJUS, a genuine organization in the Amazon, to create capacities, develop and – as a happy consequence – generate an ecosystem of value so that the entire region can benefit”. – Augusto Corrêa, Executive Secretary of the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA).

The IEB will implement diagnostic processes, qualification of demands and training actions aimed at strengthening local capacities, "The IEB believes that the discussion in favor of environmental sustainability is only possible if we start from the recognition that there are people, and that they are part of these biomes, from there we can discuss processes aimed at strengthening local capacities, so that they are the protagonists of the actions to be developed in these territories, and we believe that the Ingá Project starts from these premises, and thus has great potential to contribute to these actors continuing to exercise their role as the main guardian of the region's socio-biodiversity, thus ensuring economic development for the families linked to environmental sustainability!”. Highlights Alison Castilho, Social and Environmental Analyst at the IEB.

The IVR will develop an integrated work strengthening the productive capacity of farming families, Sandro Oliveira, IVR Researcher, highlighted “Through the Agroforestry System (Safs), enriching riparian forests, we will unite the popular (empirical) knowledge that the communities already have, strengthening it with our technical knowledge, resulting in food, income generation and recovery of degraded areas. Integrating work with families. Thus, at the same time, promote actions to preserve the Environment in Juruti and generate food and income”.