Forest Trends' Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative (ICGT-FT), with the support of Greendata – Center for Socioeconomic and Environmental Management and Innovation as a partner in the operation and management, is one of the implementers of the Partnership for the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Amazon ( PCAB) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and, in partnership with Partners for the Amazon (PPA), develops the project “Nossa Floresta, Nossa Casa – Mosaico Tupi” together with organizations and economic initiatives from 8 Indigenous Lands (TIs) in the Brazilian Amazon, in the states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso, namely: Igarapé Lourdes, Kwazá do Rio São Pedro, Rio Branco, Rio Mequéns, Roosevelt, Sete de Setembro, Tubarão Latundê and Zoró.
The TIs that are part of the Tupi Mosaic comprise more than 21 indigenous peoples, speakers of more than 16 different languages, most of them speaking the language of the Tupi trunk. Therefore, due to this number of peoples belonging to the Tupi trunk, and to the concept of mosaic attributed in the sense of governance, the name “Mosaico Tupi” was defined for our area of activity. Currently, this territory is gaining new contours and concepts, in the context of inter-institutional articulations, such as Território Tupi Guaporé.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples in this territory, with an area of approximately 1.5 million hectares, to develop economic initiatives that align forest conservation with the strengthening of indigenous cultures.
The project has 3 main components, which were designed from participatory analyzes with the communities, and which take into account the indigenous economy and well-living. Component 1 is based on strengthening indigenous economic initiatives, developing socio-biodiversity value chains, thus promoting income generation, and supporting the implementation of their Life Plans. Component 2 is related to strengthening territorial economic governance, reflecting on the balance between the internal indigenous economy and the external market-based economy, in accordance with the National Policy for Indigenous Environmental and Territorial Management – PNGATI. And component 3, which aims at articulating and connecting with commercial partnerships, respecting the principles of fair and ethical trade, thus ensuring solid and lasting relationships.
This work has been going on since 2019, starting with workshops of codesign together with Indigenous Lands, which made it possible to confirm priority value chains for action: açaí, Brazil nuts, handicrafts and cocoa. Currently, with the advancement of this process and closer ties with these communities, we are working with 68 initiatives, which are part of 41 organizations, formal and non-formal.
More than 59 workshops have been held, including those from codesign and those for evaluating the economic dynamics of indigenous lands, enabling the production of robust reference materials on these ILs. After the arrival of the pandemic and its limitations, most of the work has been taking place remotely, through virtual communication processes with communities, and adaptations of methodologies to advance to new stages. The current stage of strategic analysis and planning of the groups has been articulated with the beginning of the Training Program in Territorial Economic Governance, the articulation of new commercial partnerships and the maintenance and expansion of direct and indirect support and investments to indigenous economic initiatives, thus ensuring the good progress of the project and the constructive and promising relationship with the economic initiatives of each IT.