THE National Indian Foundation (Funai), in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the tender for the selection of projects proposed by Indigenous Federal Brigades (BRIFs-I) aimed at recovering degraded areas and restoring native vegetation in Indigenous Lands. The notice is open for registration until November 5th and can be accessed here.
Entries must be made through an Expression of Interest, as per Annex II of the Notice, to be sent to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, with copy to email@example.com. The subject of the email must be identified with the title USFS NOTICE No. 001/2021 and the name of the proposing organization. In addition to recovering degraded areas and restoring native vegetation in Indigenous Lands, the public notice aims to strengthen the BRIF-I system, by supporting projects presented by these brigades in conjunction with indigenous communities and associations.
Federal brigades, contracted between 2021 and 2022, through their legally constituted organizations or indigenous partner organizations operating in the same Indigenous Land as the proponent brigades, may participate in the selection. If the indigenous brigade does not have its own organization, it can establish a partnership with an indigenous organization operating in the Indigenous Land, which will be responsible for managing the resources. In both cases, the organization must have at least three years of incorporation. The list of Indigenous Lands that may be covered is available in Annex I of the notice.
The selection is part of USAID's Forest Management and Fire Prevention in Brazil project in partnership with the Brazilian Government and the US Forest Service (USFS), which seeks to prevent and suppress forest fires in the context of Integrated Fire Management (MIF), as well as the governance and management of forests and natural resources and the sustainable use of these areas.
The project, in turn, is part of the Brazil-United States Technical Cooperation Program (PCT) "Conservation of Biological Resources in the Amazon", whose primary objective is to support the Brazilian Government's efforts related to the conservation of biological resources and socio-biodiversity in the implementation of the system of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon, among which are the Indigenous Lands.
Among the main results sought by the program is the support and strengthening of the National Policy for Territorial and Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands (PNGATI) in the Amazon region. The initiative is implemented in partnership with Funai, through the Coordination of Environmental Conservation and Recovery (Coram), which is part of the General Coordination of Environmental Management (CGGAM), and in collaboration with the Coordination of Prevention of Illicit Activities/General Coordination Territorial Monitoring (Copi/CGMT).
Through the Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between Funai and Ibama/Prevfogo, the BRIFs-I Program has been carried out annually since 2013, through the formation of federal brigades formed by trained indigenous people and the execution of Integrated Fire Management (MIF) actions . In 2021, 44 indigenous federal brigades were formed in 35 TI's. Of these, 30 are located in the Legal Amazon. BRIFs-I are contracted annually on an emergency basis for six months, acting mainly to fight forest fires during the critical period of the fire.