The safeguard of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil
Stand Up Forests is a project of ICEI, Lifegate and Avive to safeguard 560 hectares of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The Brazilian government has assigned the area to 27 families of the San Pedro community, who participate in the project by raising awareness amongst citizens through activities geared towards preventing and contrasting deforestation, arson, illegal hunting activities and other environmental crimes.
The intervention area is located within the municipality of Silva, 340 kilometres from Manaus, capital of Amazonas State. The 41 communities residing in this area live off fishing and agriculture, utilising local resources to survive without being able to generate enough income to improve their conditions.
The San Pedro community, along the Igarapé Capivara River, is composed of 27 families: nearly 150 people, including men, women and children. The place can only be reached via boat, there are no roads allowing to reach this area. Since 2003, the community of San Pedro has taken part in a project promoted by the Brazilian association AVIVE for sustainable production of vegetable oils. The activities covered by the project include mapping forest resources, setting up a small nursery to grow 5,000 plantlets/year, developing plans for proper use of natural resources, training in forestry and beekeping, collecting seeds of forest species, producing plantlets and copaiba oil.
The community of San Pedro has been recently included in a state programme on granting land plots for use: 27 plots of 50 Ha each (totalling 1,350 Ha) of land owned by the state have been granted to 27 households of the community to use a 20 per cent of them for productive activities (extracting forest resources and farming). The remaining 80 per cent is classified as strict nature reserve. The plots are assigned by the state through ITEAM (Instituto de terras do Amazonas).