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EditPhoto Title:Bolsa Verde: Improving Livelihoods and Conserving Forests
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Brazil is home to 22% of the world’s tropical forests, but also one of the poorest populations.

To promote conservation of Brazil’s important ecosystems and simultaneously improve livelihoods for people living in extreme poverty — the condition for nearly 17% of the population in the Amazon region — the Brazilian government launched the Bolsa Verde program in 2011. Through this program, families who live in extreme poverty in rural areas receive income in exchange for maintenance and sustainable use of natural resources — improving both the health of the forests and economic conditions. The program aims to provide additional income to 73,000 Brazilian families through the end of 2014.


Our role

Conservation International, in partnership with the Center for Research on Sustainable Development and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, will monitor and assess the Bolsa Verde program and support the Brazilian government in promoting policies that combine economic growth and poverty alleviation with environmental protection.

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    Edit Item Text:CI will compare beneficiary and non-beneficiary families of the Bolsa Verde program through monitoring, following the program’s established methodology. A long-term study will be used to evaluate the impact at the family level. Ten families at five different territorial units will be visited and monitored during the first three years. The program’s impact on the income evolution, living conditions, production activities and other indicators will be monitored as well.
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    Edit Item Text:CI will organize annual regional seminars as well as support the Brazilian Ministry of Environment with the organization of national seminars, which aim to spread the program’s monitoring results and promote an exchange of experiences with other Latin America countries to develop a network of similar programs.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Woman washes dishes in the fishing village of Corumbau, Brazil.
    EditTitle:By the numbers
    EditSubtitle:54,000 families helped
    EditText:As of January 2014, the Bolsa Verde program has provided income to about 54,000 families who have protected their natural resources while learning the value of conservation.
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      EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):Environmental policy is not done alone.  An integration of policies is needed to generate income, protect the environment and eradicate poverty.  This is the purpose of implementing developmental public policies.
      EditQuote Attribution:Izabella Teixeira, Brazil’s Minister of Environment
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      EditImage Alt Text:Women sell traditional crafts, Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area in the Konashen Indigenous District, Southern Guyana. © Piotr Naskrecki

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