by Helga Yamaki (ELP 2013), Brazil
The companies that want to fill up their products with oils, nuts, native essences from the Amazon, will need to create a dialogue with the extractivist communities, quilombolas and small producers of the region. Having accumulated knowledge on how to extract valuable raw material in a way that don't degrade the forest, the supplier communities enter a new era of relationships with the industry.
Supported by the NGO, the traditional communities that survive from the sustainable use of the Amazon biodiversity, established the base line for trading of NTFP (Non-Timber Forest Products). The Community Protocol was launched on December 4th at Alter do Chão, Pará state, during the seminar on "Dialogues about Agroecology and Ethical Trade in the Amazon".
yamaki1_2.png Community representatives, partners and speakers in the Seminar at Alter do Cháo.
The Forest of Value Project, is an initiative of Imaflora - Institute of Management and Agriculture and Forest Certification, that has a goal to conserve the Amazon forest through the strengthening of sustainable supply chain of NTFP and the dissemination of agroecology.
This Project is developed in three different territories of traditional communities and small holders in the country side of the state of Pará: Calha Norte of the Amazonas River, São Félix do Xingu and Terra do Meio regions. The project helps to establish paths to a new economy which keeps the forest standing and on its traditional ways of life, maintaining its most important value.
Our main focus is at the end of this chain, but we have partners such as ISA - Socio environmental Institute and ICMBio - Public sector responsible for these Protect Areas, that work along the chain.
To create a network between companies and communities, guide lines were created in order to develop a Community Protocol. This protocol emerged from negotiations between companies and communities from the State of Pará, taking into consideration their needs and rules.
The development of this Community Protocol aimed to diffuse the idea and allow it to be used in different communities from Pará and other Amazon communities.
To get to know more about the Community Protocol - companies and communities establishing new ways of trading protocol, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOpQ_YRoXMo&feature=youtu.be
This video represents part of our learning process at Imaflora and part of my work, where I have worked for the past 6 years.
yamaki2_2.pngThrough this video, we hope to stimulate the dialogue between traditional communities and companies, aiming to promote a differentiated trade market that contributes with the biodiversity conservation, that respects traditional communities ways of life and that follows ethical trading principals.