Brasília, November 16 - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS) and the company Alcoa celebrated, this morning, the signing of a Letter of Intent. The commitment declares the partnership between the institutions to develop innovative sustainable development solutions in the Amazon that support the improvement of the well-being of local communities and the conservation of the Amazon's biodiversity, forest and resources. Potential initiatives include promoting entrepreneurship focused on positive environmental impact, strengthening value chains for sustainable products, among others, focusing on the municipality of Juruti, in Pará.
“The United States government has a great commitment to Brazil to work together to create economic development with respect for the environment and the generation of value for the population. Very happy to participate in this celebration between USAID and Alcoa Brasil, ”said the United States Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman.
Alcoa has operated a bauxite mining operation for eleven years in Juruti with a proposal for sustainable development for the region. “We have a centuries-old trajectory of innovation, responsibility and shared development in all of our operations in the world. In Juruti, the responsibility of mining in the Amazon is experienced daily by us, being reflected in our commitment to the mine's socio-environmental efficiency and in building a legacy of sustainability in the region ”, says Otavio Carvalheira, president of Alcoa in Brazil.
After signing the letter of intent, USAID, Alcoa and IJUS will work together to develop proposals related to strengthening the organization and connection of actors in value chains, and supporting entrepreneurs, companies with sustainable impact and startups in the Amazon.
“The biodiversity and conservation of the Amazon rainforest depends on new ecologically sustainable economic models, financially viable and that benefit local communities. By working together, we hope to enhance the positive impact and efficiency of our actions, "explained Ted Gehr", director of USAID Brasil.
The letter also provides for cooperation in the framework of the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA), a collective action initiative led by the private sector that seeks to foster sustainable development solutions for the Amazon, which is supported by USAID and has Alcoa in its Deliberative Council. In addition, USAID, PPA, Alcoa and IJUS are already working together to respond to COVID-19 in Juruti, through the “Juruti against COVID-19” project. The project works on three fronts, preventing infection, strengthening the local health system and supporting local entrepreneurs.
“The Sustainable Juruti Institute makes effective investments in implementing actions that promote sustainability in and around Juruti. We realize how clear the Charter of Interests is in establishing actions that seek solutions in sustainable development based on the well-being of communities and new models. In this way, I believe that we have the opportunity to create something new, special, that impacts people's lives ”, Maria Raimunda Melo, president of the Sustainable Juruti Institute.
USAID, NPI Expand, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem have teamed up to create a partnership to help combat COVID-19 in Brazil. The “PPA Solidarity: Response to COVID-19 in the Amazon is an initiative that engages the private sector in strategic partnerships to leverage innovative and scalable solutions to strengthen the rapid response to emergencies and combating COVID-19. With an initial contribution of R$ 10.6 million from USAID and NPI Expand, the partnership also sought to leverage resources with private sector partners such as Alcoa, Bank of America, Beraca, Cargill, Caterpillar, Hydro Sustainability Fund, Rio do Norte Mining, Suzano and Vale, who contributed approximately R$ 18.2 million to the shares.
The initiative is working with civil society and private sector partners on four lines of action: Communication campaigns on risks and community engagement in mitigation and protection measures to address COVID-19 and empowering vulnerable communities to protect against the exposure and transmission of COVID-19; Promote measures to prevent and control infections by COVID-19 in health facilities and communities; Support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health units / services) to respond and control COVID-19 through health and surveillance services; Support entrepreneurs, small social impact businesses and startups, producer groups and cooperatives with small financial contributions, business advisory services and access to low interest loans or microcredit.