Territorial program helps protect 1 million hectares in the Amazon

November, 2022 – Taking care of the forest, managing natural resources, benefiting socio-biodiversity products and articulating partnerships are among the keys to the success of the Middle Juruá Territory Program (PTMJ). In year 1 of phase II of the program, 1 million hectares of forest were protected and 3,000 people benefited from socioeconomic improvements.

These are some of the results obtained from activities carried out between July 2021 and June 2022 and are gathered in a report released online, access here.

Through these strategies, for example, the pirarucu production chain was strengthened, with a total of 140,732 kilos of fish sold between traditional communities in the region and the Association of Rural Producers of Carauari (ASPROC), in Middle East management environments. swear. 

In addition, the warehouse began operating, with the capacity to process, on average, 5 tons of fish per day, generating jobs for residents of communities in the region, read more here.

In total, 209 families in 17 communities in the Middle Juruá benefited from the project during the period and obtained resources to transform their realities.

In the support action for the conservation of chelonians on the Juruá River, 233,000 turtles and 41,000 turtles were released into the wild during the “Ecological Gymkhana”, an activity that was attended by 500 people from local communities. In addition to the positive social impact, the environment is directly benefited by these activities, boosting the conservation of biodiversity.

Other program initiatives involved the productive chains of andiroba and murumuru vegetable oils, in addition to projects that encourage female entrepreneurship and territorial surveillance, helping to conserve the Amazon.

The PTMJ has USAID/Brazil, Natura and the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) as strategic partners. The Bioversity/CIAT Alliance participates as an institutional partner and Sitawi as the Program coordinator. In addition, six local community organizations implement the actions (ASPROC, ASMAMJ, AMECSARA, AMARU, CODAEMJ and ASPODEX). The program also has support from ICMBio, the State Department for the Environment (SEMA) and OPAN.

The Middle Juruá region has a history of strong social organization around the sustainable use of the resources that the forest offers. It has two Conservation Units - the Extractive Reserve (Resex) Médio Juruá and the Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS) Uacari – and part of the Deni do Rio Xeruã Indigenous Land, covering a large area of the rural area of the municipality of Carauari (AM). In recent months, the region has been the target of pressure from miners, denounced by local entities.  

Learn more about the project at on here and watch the video