Each of our projects is designed to include strategies to improve the socio-economic conditions for the local people both individually and collectively. We work in partnership with these communities to help develop their regions, using an environmentally sustainable and economically viable strategy. This includes investment into the region to improve healthcare, education and employment opportunities.
Employment & Business Development
The development of new employment opportunities will help establish an improved local economy, and offer people an alternative source of employment to the existing and sometimes environmentally detrimental employment currently offered by mining and logging companies. These new sources of employment also positively contribute to environmental sustainability, which in turn would lead to the protection of the natural forests at risk of deforestation.
In the longer-term, funds will be made available to provide micro-loans and for the development of businesses and sustainable eco-tourism. These activities will also contribute toward the employment shift away from negative destructive jobs to positive community focused jobs, enhancing conservation and sustainability in the regions.
Healthcare & Infrastructure
In the Amazon, communities are often located great distances from essential healthcare provisions. The funding provided to the municipalities and the Indigenous communities will enable a redistribution of resources toward these essential services, in a way that each region deems to be most suitable. Included in this strategy of providing funds for redistribution, there will also be improvements made to the quality of water supply and waste treatment facilities in each project area. The result of this investment will be a further contribution to the overall socio-economic improvements, for each of our project areas, their communities and the local inhabitants.
In a recent visit to Dublin, INABRA employees learnt more about CGV's projects and the Natural Forest Standard, and simultaneously presented their own community level educational program, which is implemented across the Brazilian Amazon region. CGV has agreed to financially support this program, and have agreed that INABRA will also operate their program in CGV's project areas.
We are also establishing education funds, and are in negotiations with various stakeholders to provide increased access to education of both the adults and children within each project area. This involves the provision of books and other supplies, which are either substandard or not currently available in many areas.
Often the weather and other environmental conditions inhibit the children's ability to simply attend school each day, so we are attempting to bridge this vital gap in education by developing distance learning programs and in some areas providing online learning to enhance their educational opportunities, which can provide an excellent foundation for their future.
The education of adults is also crucial, in terms of teaching them about the benefits of sustainable small-scale agricultural techniques, in order to avoid the devastation caused by slash & burn practices which contribute to deforestation in the Amazon.