The Amazon is fundamental for the planet’s climatic balance. It is vital to protect it from threats and prevent its destruction. And the strategy to guarantee the future of the forest was the creation of protected areas – the conservation units and indigenous lands. These areas, however, need to be managed efficiently if they are to fulfill their mission.
In this context, LIRA – Integrated Legacy of the Amazon Region– was born. It is a project designed to increase the management effectiveness of these areas by 2023. Managing efficiently means meeting the objectives for creating the areas, maintaining the conservation of biodiversity, cultures, and local and traditional communities, as well as contributing to ecosystem services and minimizing the effects of climate change. The project’s territory is approximately 80 million hectares that encompass 86 protected areas grouped into six blocks: Upper Rio Negro, Lower Rio Negro, Northern Pará, Xingu, Madeira-Purus and Rondônia-Acre.
LIRA is an initiative idealized by IPÊ – Institute for Ecological Research, the Amazon Fund, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the project’s funding partners. The institutional partners are the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), the Amazonas State Environment Secretariat (SEMA-AM), and the Pará State Forest and Biodiversity Development Institute (IDEFLOR-Bio).
With resources exceeding R$ 60 million, the project potentially covers 34% of the territory of the Amazon protected areas, considering 20 Federal Conservation Units, 23 State Conservation Units and 43 Indigenous Lands, in the regions of the six blocks. Currently, with R$ 46 million in investments, the project reaches 58 million hectares of protected areas, referring to 59 protected areas, being 30 conservation units (13 federal UCs and 17 State UCs) and 29 indigenous lands.
LIRA’s implementation strategy acts in two fronts: one, as articulator and technical and financial manager of the partner network, and the other, as direct executor of actions in the territory. The lines of action include territorial and environmental management plans (PGTA) or management plans; governance mechanisms; sustainable use of natural resources; monitoring and protection systems; integration with regional development, and strengthening of public policies.
Through public calls, IPÊ selected a total of 50 projects that correspond to 54% of the LIRA ‘s territory, acting in the six blocks.
So far, 125 institutions have been involved, in 62 municipalities, with the direct impact of 50 thousand people benefited (extractivist and indigenous populations).
The 125 organizations in the Lira Network are divided into 33 community associations, 37 indigenous associations, 7 cooperatives, 20 NGOs, 13 governmental institutions, 9 research institutions, and 6 companies.
On its first front are integrative arrangements, and on its second front is the Lira fund. The integrative arrangements encompass 9 projects, involving 23 indigenous associations, 14 research institutions, 6 companies, 20 community associations, 9 governmental institutions, 3 cooperatives, and 19 civil society institutions.
In its second front, IPÊ supports 41 projects from local, community and indigenous institutions that implement complementary actions that promote social participation in land management and bioeconomy. In addition to promoting integrated management actions between organizations, linked to the following actions:
- Capacity building for public managers and community leaders, organizing discussion forums to strengthen public policies linked to the management of protected areas, in addition to events and exchanges between the partners of the supported projects.
- Elaboration of socio-economic promotion plans that have the intention of strengthening the socio-biodiversity value chains in a regional and integrated way, with the objective of identifying the main opportunities and bottlenecks for the economic insertion of local populations in the regional economy.
- Adaptation of technologies for use in biodiversity monitoring and protected area protection actions, to leverage initiatives that already exist and that can be expanded.
- Evaluation and monitoring of management effectiveness and impact indicators.
- Communication as a support tool for the expression, visibility, and integration of actions among all the actors involved in the project. Events will be held that promote the flow and fluidity of information, enhancing the reach of the many voices that make up the Amazon about the cause and importance of protected areas.
We have been dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity in the country through science, education, sustainable business with communities, and networking for over 28 years, and we believe that the value of the Amazon lies in the incredible web of biological and social relationships that maintain the health of the biome.
That is why we have built a diverse network of partners for the consolidation of all the fronts of the LIRA Project. This network is composed of eight institutions, including ISA, Kanindé, Amorema, SOS Amazônia, FVA, IDESAM, IEB, and Kabu. Each institution extends the network with its agglutinates and local partners, forming a web, with 125 institutions. This diverse network aims to strengthen civil society organizations, community associations, and indigenous people in the territory, enhancing the results and the exchange of experiences among all partners.
We hope that this partnership will take us beyond borders, seeking in the different realities the essence and the challenges that we have in common, for the concretization of the project and the potentialization of this web of relationships. For us, protected areas are the basis for the present and guarantee the future of the Amazon, promoting Brazil’s natural assets and the ancestral wisdom of the forest peoples.
Technical Data Sheet
Production, editing and mixing: Mandra filmes
Screenplay: Maria Zulmira de Sousa, Cibele Tarraço Castro, Fabiana Prado and Neluce Soares
Images: Marcos Amend, iStock and Imagine Films
Voice-over: Suzana Padua
Translation: Parlare Soluções
Supervision: Cibele Tarraço Castro and Maria Zulmira de Sousa