PPA promotes a meeting to discuss arrangements and mechanisms for implementing a bioeconomy in the Amazon

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Last Thursday (15/07/2021), the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) promoted a strategic meeting of its Thematic Group (GT) of Bioeconomy. Aiming to leverage investments, promote innovative partnerships and connect good practices in the Amazon, PPA invited Tatiana Schor (SEDECTI/AM Executive Secretary), Lilia Assunção (SEDECTI/AM Public Policy Department Head) and Inaiê Takaes (Researcher and Representative of the WG Bioeconomy Concertation for the Amazon).

The PPA Bioeconomy WG is currently composed of 12 organizations, including representatives from the private sector and Civil Society Organizations. In 2021, the WG has been looking for concrete opportunities for action, to address issues such as the challenges of the productive sectors, the integration between the socio-biodiversity chains, the autonomy of communities and the application of diverse knowledge.

At the 3rd meeting held by the Group in 2021, Augusto Corrêa (PPA Executive Secretary) was responsible for opening the meeting and brought some updates to the PPA, with an emphasis on institutional and portfolio aspects, in which he highlighted two projects recently developed by the initiative and that dialogue with the engagement of the private sector for promotion of Bioeconomy in the Amazon: A 100+ Accelerator and the 2nd Amazon Round of Collective Loan

Panel on Bioeconomy

Through the “Network Dialogues” panel, moderated by Eduardo Rocha (PPA's Engagement Manager), the participants brought insights on Bioeconomy, integrations and developments needed to overcome challenges in the region's productive sectors.  

The activity, which aimed to strengthen the understanding of the PPA on Bioeconomy and evaluate existing programs and projects, started with the presentation of Tatiana Schor. In her presentation, the Executive Secretary of SEDECTI pointed out as one of the problems facing the Amazon the issue of infrastructure, a fundamental issue when talking about the implementation of a bioeconomy. He commented that, in order to impact the region as a whole and change the market bases, it is necessary to implement structuring actions. “If we have a technological reach, we are able to overlap this division between what is the responsibility of the state and what is the responsibility of the private sector,” he said.

Another very relevant issue mentioned by Tatiana is the asymmetry of information along the so-called socio-biodiversity chains: “We don't have production chains, we have productive knowledge networks. We need to bring these networks together in order to build a framework that allows us to reduce this asymmetry”, he said.

It is within this framework that the initiative InovaSocioBio, designed by the Secretariat in order to fill the gaps in the production chains of Brazil nuts, pirarucu and guaraná. According to Tatiana, "we have enormous local potential, we need to recognize these people and strengthen them, as well as the dynamics of the local private sector, which needs to be well established."

Lilia Assunção, Head of the Department of Public Policies at SEDECTI/AM and coordinator of InovaSocioBio, also contributed to the discussion, pointing out commercialization as the central focus of the program, among all the bottlenecks and challenges mapped by the Secretariat. “We need to build this arrangement in order to sell quality at a fair price, so that we can leverage these sociobio products for an Amazon economy”, he mentioned.

Not least, the panel had contributions from Inaiê Takaes, a researcher at the Arapyaú Institute and responsible for the Bioeconomy Working Group in Concertation for the Amazon, a network with more than 200 leaders from the private sector, government, civil society and investors. Also responsible for organizing the Amazon Bioeconomy Investment Innovation Forum (F2iBAM), Inaiê considers this initiative an important reference for the creation of a common understanding on the agenda and consolidation of the existing networks. “The Forum has become a kind of reference for people. We want to deepen this discussion and overcome discomfort in the agribusiness agenda, bring different views to the same page”, commented Inaiê.

Finally, the meeting had a broad interaction, with exchanges between all participants of the Thematic Group, representatives of companies, institutes and foundations. The participants talked, mainly, about opportunities for the private sector to act in view of the need to overcome these challenges. 

As next steps, there is the desire for a programmatic integration between the Bioeconomy groups of the PPA, the Concertation for the Amazon and the Sustainable Amazon Forum, in order to develop concrete possibilities of cooperation between these important actors involved with the valorization of the Amazon territory.