Conservation International commits to supporting the two-year start-up phase of the Amap? Initiative. Among the start-up activities, CI will launch pilot projects to demonstrate sustainable production (e.g., sustainable agroforestry and women's handicrafts) with communities in the protected National and State Forests; help communities access markets; and facilitate the creation of community associations that will be trained in forest and watershed management. Women will be encouraged to participate and seek leadership roles at the community level.
This work will have multiple benefits, from improving food and water security, increasing household income, and empowering women as decision makers, to conserving and sustainably managing Amap?'s natural capital.
CI will amplify its results by promoting enabling policies that will ensure sustainable development and management of natural capital. CI will use communications strategies to build support for these policies and for sustainable development among the state's decision makers and citizens.
This work will be underpinned by science. CI will identify the gaps in knowledge around land change, fisheries stocks, and other areas, and it will create a research platform for filling these gaps and creating baseline statistics at the state level that will inform a comprehensive monitoring system to evaluate progress and inform decision making.
Finally, CI will catalyze the creation of an endowment fund that will cover the long-term costs of implementing the Amap? Initiative. CI will serve as an investor and an advisor.
As the Initiative grows past the two-year start-up phase, these activities will be implemented more broadly across the state and stakeholders will be trained and empowered, with the goal of an autonomous, stakeholder-led initiative by 2020 with a fully capitalized endowment.
CI is a trusted advisor to government officials and is known regionally as a successful project implementer. CI's team of experts will build the technical capacity of public agencies and civil society.
CI expects to achieve the following selected results within the first two years of the Amap? Initiative.
- Management Plan for Amap? State Forest approved by the State Secretary of Environment.
- Communications campaign conducted to foster public debate on the state-level climate change law.
- Studies developed on knowledge gaps in a?a? and fisheries production and in environmental services of Rio Araguari watershed.
- Endowment fund created.
- State-level monitoring system defined and benchmarks established.
- Amap? Initiative Endowment Fund Council created, governance guidelines discussed and approved, and Council action plan approved.
- Research platform and plan to build scientific research capacity in Amap? developed.
- Communications campaign conducted to foster public debate on the state-level fisheries law.
- Rio Amap?ri and Rio Araguari (river communities) associations created and meetings held.
- Four Cooperatives formed (a?a?, timber, Brazil nuts, fisheries).
- Agroforestry pilot program under development in three communities.
- Economic assessments for a?a?, timber, Brazilian nuts, fisheries concluded.
- Communities trained in timber forest management and first cycle of production completed.
- Commercialization channels defined for community products for national and international markets.
- First disbursement of funds from the Endowment Fund.
- First results of the comprehensive monitoring system publicized on state government, CI and Fundo Vale websites. The goal of sharing this information is to ensure that the public has full access to information detailing progress on the Initiative and to provide a forum for comments and feedback.
Located in the extreme north of Brazil, Amap? is one of nine states that form the Brazilian Amazon. At 14 million hectares, it is one of the most pristine regions of the world; researchers estimate that more than 95 percent of its original vegetation remains intact. Nearly 73 percent of the state is formally protected.
Amap?'s isolation has played a critical role in the protection of the state's natural ecosystems. However, its natural capital is now threatened due to rising prices of commodities such as timber and soy, as well as large infrastructure projects such as the construction of four hydrodams for electricity production. The opportunity to act to preserve the state's remarkable natural and cultural resources and to develop sustainably is now.
Conservation International (CI) has worked in Amap? for 15 years in partnership with the state government, local NGOs, and donors. This work catalyzed the Amap? Initiative, an integrated approach for sustainable development that builds the capacity of civil society, promotes enabling policies and a strong governance system, and creates and strengthens sustainable production chains to protect and manage natural capital, generate social and economic benefits, and improve human well-being. The Initiative has several long-term goals: 1) to propose a sustainable development path for the state with the full participation of multiple stakeholders; 2) to develop a governance structure that coalesces sustainable development activities, enables stakeholders to participate in planning and implementation, and marshals the resources necessary to implement them; 3) to monitor and inform citizens about the results of these projects as well as sustainable development policies adopted; and 4) to empower and support citizens and communities to take ownership of the Initiative themselves.
The Initiative is a partnership between CI, the government of Amap?, and Fundo Vale.
For implementation of the environmental policy strategy for strengthening the Amapa State, a strategic plan is being built with the Environment Department, Forestry Institute, Institute of Territorial Planning and Environmental Battalion. This plan will be the basis for inputs to attract new resources to contribute to the design and implementation of public policies of Amapa through the sustainable use of natural capital.
A strategic tool to capture financial resources and provide minimum conditions to environmental management effectively for Amapa is the creation in June 2015 of the financial mechanism called Amapa Fund. This fund provides different ways to get funding and investments. Its strategy is an efficient operation with transparency and participation through a deliberative council of government institutions and organized civil society.