On October 17th and 18th, the first workshop was held with civil society organizations, both private and public. The action is part of the INGÁ Project (Sustainability and Management Indicators in the Amazon).
Juruti is preparing to create its Observatory of Indicators, an instrument of social control, which will seek to observe local development and create a space for dialogue to carry out practical actions in the municipality with organizations. To this end, the first workshop with civil society organizations, both private and public, was held on October 17 and 18. This action is part of the INGÁ Project.
In the workshop, the main concepts for the construction of a platform to structure the Observatory were worked on. In addition, the objectives to be achieved were jointly defined within group activities. The governance structure and decision-making bodies were also defined, whose base is composed of institutions from the private, public and civil society sectors. This structure will have a coordination and executive secretariat to follow up on the work.
The workshop participants contributed, in a collaborative environment, with their experiences, knowledge, ideas and opinions to formulate principles and values that will guide the directions, identity and actions of the Observatory. The next workshop will be the validation of the draft, with points built collectively.
According to Deise Melo, president of the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), the observatory will be a space that will allow subsidizing public policies of interest to both companies and the public authorities, since everyone will be able to have access to data on the territory. "The Observatory has been dreamed of by us for a long time, so that we could put Juruti's indicators into practice. For us, this moment of participation was very important, because we got to know what an observatory is and how it works. So, it will be a very valuable tool for our municipality and our society. We are grateful for this opportunity”, he emphasized.
For the Environmental Education coordinator of the Municipal Environment Department (SEMMA), Cheyenne Pereira, the workshop was a learning environment. “We had a good, creative and positive experience for the municipality. So, it was a unique experience that we will take with us for the rest of our lives and a professional experience to adapt to our municipality”, synthesized.
The INGÁ Project has as a partner the Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil (IEB), an organization with a wide range of activities, covering the entire national territory. The workshop facilitator, Marcos Silva, Socio-environmental Analyst at the IEB, explained that the strategy for creating the observatory focuses on the instruments that have been defined, such as socio-environmental observatories, to strengthen the social fabric of community-based organizations and civil society in Juruti.
For him, the first workshop was very productive. “The organizations reached a consensus and it was very fruitful. It will certainly be a great success, because it has an engaged group with in-depth knowledge of the territory and the initiatives they seek to achieve here in the coming years”, he concluded.
The Ingá project is coordinated by IJUS, with investments from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Alcoa, Instituto Alcoa, Plataforma Parceiros pela Amazônia (PPA), and partnerships with Instituto Vitória Régia (IVR), Instituto International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB) and the Bioversity/CIAT Alliance.
The Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), recognized as a Public Utility Organization by the State Government.
IJUS is a permanent public space for dialogue, debate and collective action between its members and society in general, which aims to contribute to the sustainable development of Juruti and its surroundings. The Institute's scope is also to financially support actions, projects and programs, reimbursable or non-reimbursable that integrate social, human, economic and environmental aspects, through the Sustainable Juruti Fund-FUNJUS.
About the Alcoa Institute
Founded in 1990, in Brazil, the Alcoa Institute is a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to collectively transform the territories in which Alcoa is present - Poços de Caldas (MG), São Luís (MA) and Juruti (PA) - in order to make them more inclusive and less unequal.
To this end, the Alcoa Institute promotes initiatives in education and the generation of work and income, structuring causes for the development of a more just society, in addition to encouraging social participation and dialogue around causes as a means of mobilization for engagement. Its performance is linked to public policies and agendas of global interests, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
USAID is one of the world's leading international development agencies and a catalyst for driving development results. USAID works to help improve lives, build communities and promote democracy and sustainable development in the countries where it operates.
The Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) is a multisectoral collective action initiative that aims to develop and identify innovative and tangible solutions for sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity, forests and natural resources in the Brazilian Amazon. created at the end of 2017, the PPA seeks to leverage positive socio-environmental impact investments in the Brazilian Amazon, share good practices and foster innovative partnerships that integrate all sectors of society. Learn more at ppa.org.br.
About the IEB
The International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) is a Brazilian non-profit association, based in Brasília, founded in November 1998, with the mission of strengthening social actors and their role in building a just and sustainable society. The IEB stands out on the national scene for dedicating itself to training and qualifying people and strengthening organizations in the various aspects and themes related to the environment, development and sustainability.
The Vitória Régia Institute is a non-profit institution, founded on November 6, 2020, with its headquarters and forum in the city of Belém, capital of the State of Pará. Currently, this institution is qualified as an OSCIP (Civil Society Organization of Public Interest).
The Vitória Régia Institute was created with Scientific, Technological and Cultural purposes and acting mainly on environmental, productive, educational and social issues, and aims to establish, through the organization and training of groups of people, strategic measures that enable effective events and actions in the promoting sustainable development and improving the quality of life.