Brasil began working in Cairu in October 2003. Its main objective
is to preserve the native forests and mangroves areas of Cairu. To
achieve this objective, Amainan has to develop different projects,
based in research and mainly in community trust building.
Amainan understand that before proposing any environmental or social
initiatives in Cairu, the social structure, local people expectative
and needs must be understood. The different actors (groups) inside
these communities must be identified, as well as their interactions.
The initiatives had also to be carefully discussed and shared with
these groups, before implemented, providing the opportunity for all
involved actors to know their limitations.
initiatives has been developed in partnership with local youth groups
Renascer, Jacaranda, Capoart, Essenciart and with the Mother Association
of Cairu. These project partnerships aim to increase awareness amongst
the communities of their environment, and the importance to live
in a sustainable way. It is very important to invest in capacity
courses which address the identification and use of the natural
resources in a sustainable way.
To identify and design projects that really make
a difference to the local communities, Amainan Brasil and its local
partners, started to develop surveys based on RRA (Rapid Rural Appraisal)
and PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) techniques. The pre analyses
of the collected data served as basis to design the following activities
and implement them as initial projects.
Currently, Amainan projects can be divided in 2 groups,
research and action. Research projects are the basis for understanding
the environmental, social and economic scenarios, identifying the
local needs and potential solutions. Action projects are designed
from the research, and can be considered as a practical solution
for the identified needs.
The main thematic projects to be developed
in Cairu are:
Mapping and Zoning the Boipeba, Tinhare and Cairu Islands;;
Reforestation of Endemic Trees and Reinforcing Particular Reserves;
Environmental Education for Teachers and Students
Rescue and Reinforcement;
Production of Traditional Handicrafts and NTFP
(Non Timber Products);
Volunteering and Responsible Tourism Programmes;