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EditPhoto Title:Protecting the Heart of the Amazon in Calha Norte, Brazil
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The large, remote area of intact forest in northern Brazil is especially resilient to climate change — so protecting its plentiful water and other natural resources must happen in tandem with sustainable development.

Along the remote northern part of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Pará, the population density is fewer than 1.2 people per square kilometer, and the GDP is only US$ 3,000 per capita. The people of the Calha Norte region are seeking options for sustainable economic development alongside conservation of their essential forests and fresh water source.

In 2006, the government of Pará announced the creation of five state protected areas covering 12.8 million hectares of forest along Brazil’s border with Suriname and Guyana. One reserve alone — the Ecological Station of Grão-Pará with approximately 4.2 million hectares (10.4 million acres) — is the world’s largest strict nature reserve in a tropical forest. Calha Norte is within the Guiana Shield, a region recognized for playing an important role in biodiversity conservation.


Our role

Conservation International and the seven other organizations that comprise the Calha Norte Consortium played key roles in creating the network of protected areas. Since then, CI has actively supported the government of Pará in identifying and implementing strategies and public policies for biodiversity conservation and public participation in environmental management. CI’s work is rooted strongly in promoting a scientific base and public empowerment to support the development of healthy, sustainable societies. CI has offered support through policy design and evaluation, technical advising, biodiversity monitoring, socio-economic research, promotion of sustainable agroforestry, forestry and fisheries management, training and capacity building, strategic communication and environmental education.

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Edit Item Text:CI is supporting the implementation of three of the five state protected areas, as well as the measurement of its effectiveness. Results are monitored twice a year, and the next steps are to develop an analysis of and implement the other two protected areas.
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Edit Item Text:CI is helping to empower municipal governments, local communities and others to participate in decision-making processes regarding management programs as well as implementation of the protected areas and environmentally-related policies. The next phase for the Calha Norte project will broaden the scope and will work with the Municipal Environment Council on activities to define agendas, promote public debate, monitor results and strengthen group capacity.
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Edit Item Text:Calha Norte is a remote region that can only be reached by boat on the Amazon River, which makes information exchange a considerable challenge. Acknowledging the importance and the power of communication tools and channels for more effective strategic collaboration within the region, CI and Imazon established the Calha Norte Communication Network in 2012 to promote knowledge exchange and community outreach.
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