The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) approved a financial support of R$ 45 million of the Amazon Fund to conduct a public call for projects and complementary actions that promote the strengthening and consolidation of the management of 83 protected areas of the Brazilian Amazon, as well as to develop sustainable alternatives of production for the population of these territories.
BNDES’s resources will be allocated to manage the initiative and to the public call, its central axis, which will select up to 12 projects in an area with about 80 million hectares comprising 41 indigenous lands and 42 conservation units. This area will be divided into six regional blocks (Xingu, Calha Norte, Alto Rio Negro, Baixo Rio Negro, Madeira and Rondônia/Purus), and up to two projects of each block will receive between R$ 1.5 million and R$ 6 million to implement actions that help to consolidate their protected areas.
LIRA — Denominated LIRA – Integrated Legacy of the Amazon Region, the initiative was idealized by the IPÊ – Institute of Ecological Research, a Brazilian organization with more than 26 years of experience in the conservation of biodiversity in the country through science, education and sustainable businesses with communities. The project will also feature the support of R$ 16.35 million by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, totaling R$ 61.35 million.
The supported projects should contemplate the following lines of actions: (i) Territorial and Environmental Management Plan (PGTA) or of management; (ii) governance mechanisms; (iii) sustainable use of natural resources; (iv) monitoring and protection systems; (v) integration with regional development; and (iv) financial sustainability.
The public call predicts that the proposing institutions (civil associations, foundations of private law, cooperatives, among others) coordinate subprojects with other entities in an integrated manner to contribute to the objective of the initiative.
Complementary actions – The LIRA project also provides a support of up to R$ 6 million (up to R$ 150,000 for each action) for actions complementary to the selected projects in the public call that promote social participation in the territory management. With this, generation of employment opportunities, improvement of the quality of life of the local population, and promotion of territorial development together with environmental conservation are expected to expand.
The initiative will also include training (courses, technical visits and exchanges), integration and actions of knowledge diffusion, and the elaboration of a “Socioenvironmental Promotion Plan” (PPS) for each of the six blocks. These plans will identify the main opportunities and obstacles for economic inclusion of local populations in the regional economy. Finally, adaptations of existing technological solutions will be supported for use in actions to monitor biodiversity and territorial protection.