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The northern Brazilian state of Amapá is home to the country’s largest area of protected tropical forests — so social and economic development must occur alongside conservation.


In 2003, with the support of CI, the state government of Amapá made a visionary decision when it launched the Amapá Biodiversity Corridor, the largest continuous area of protected tropical forest in the world — approximately 106,500 square kilometers (about 40,000 square miles) located within the Guiana Shield. The state’s efforts now turn to a non-conventional model to implement a territorial management strategy that encourages social and economic development alongside continued conservation — all based on science, society empowerment, public policy design, sustainable production clusters and partnerships. Amapá’s greatest challenge is to establish mechanisms and innovative strategies to ensure that its natural resources — and the benefits received from them — are acknowledged for their wealth potential.



Our role

Since 1999, CI has been working in Amapá as a trusted advisor to identify priority conservation targets, help create and implement protected areas and pave the way toward a sustainable regional economy. Our efforts focus on empowering local communities and supporting their development of an effective governance system that promotes proper investments and guides a policy framework based on eco-friendly pillars.


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    Edit Item Text:The Amapá Initiative is an innovative multi-approach agreement signed between CI, the state government of Amapá and the Fundo Vale for Sustainable Development. The initiative’s main objectives are to: promote governance and institutions; support sustainable economy arrangements; consolidate public policies; strengthen sustainable production; and create a policy process based on monitoring and evaluation for decision-making. CI reinforces its activities in the region through other strategic partnerships with key institutions, such as the French Fund for the Global Environment, the German Development Bank and Walmart Institute, to strengthen the implementation of protected areas and sustainable use of the state’s natural resources.
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    Edit Item Text:We are working to design the Amapá Fund, which will co-finance the Amapá Biodiversity Corridor and all types of protected areas within it. The fund has several earmarks to amplify investment and fundraising possibilities. Comprising a governance system with agencies in charge of the corridor management, the integration will allow for greater cooperation.
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    Edit Item Text:CI supported the establishment of the Amapá State Forum for Climate Change and Environmental Services, responsible for developing the state payment for ecosystem services (PES) law — which offers incentives to landowners in exchange for managing their land in a way that provides an ecological service. The law will soon be ready for public contributions and then forwarded to the Amapá House of Representatives. CI is developing a study on environmental services in the Rio Araguari basin that will explore analysis of PES scenarios, mainly related to the benefits that protected areas provide to the quality and quantity of fresh water.
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    Edit Item Title:Supporting sustainable production
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    Edit Item Text:A significant focus of our work in Amapá is to support a strategy for the development of sustainable production chains — the steps taken to transform the region’s raw materials into consumer goods. CI and partners are studying the supply chains of some of the state’s main products — such as açaí (a Brazilian palm berry), fish and timber products — in order to map and better understand their availability, geographical distribution, production flow, access for extraction, and overlap with protected areas and areas with other land uses. With that information, we will support the design of effective strategies for organizing sustainable management and production in the region.
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    EditSubtitle:92% of Amapá’s rainforest
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