Instituto Peabiru is a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest (OSCIP, in the Portuguese acronym), and its mission is
“to facilitate processes of strengthening the social organization and the valorization of the socio-biodiversity so that the traditional forest populations and family farmers of the Amazon can be protagonists of their own reality.”
Peabiru works nationally, with special attention to the Eastern Amazon region – states of Pará (mainly in a. Marajó Archipelago; b. Pará coastal region, and c. The Great Belém Area), Amapá and Maranhão. With over 20 years of operations and headquartered in Belém, Pará, it works in 4 axes, for which we’ve highlighted the main actions in progress:
1. Technical Assistance to Family Farmers, Traditional Populations and Communities – to strengthen individual, collective and associative capacities for territorial governance and management of local resources, especially to demand basic rights and to achieve sustainability, preserving land, culture and environment, and promoting food, water and energy security. Highlights: a. Technical Assistance and Rural Extension (ATER, in the Portuguese acronym); b. Strengthening producers in Value Chains of Socio-Biodiversity (açaí, artisanal fishing, non-timber forest products and honey from non-stinging bees – meliponiculture); c. Occupational safety and health in rural areas (açaí); and d. Support to spaces and organizations that monitor, reflect and elaborate strategies to ensure the guarantee of rights.
2. Corporate Social Responsibility – to build partnerships with companies, public entities and communities affected by the company’s operations in favor of sustainability, especially in terms of: a. Conflict mediation; b. Implementation of social technologies to solve problems in the surroundings of business’ operations; c. Strengthening of the social organization to empower actors that are to dialogue with the public power and private initiative; and d. Participatory construction of local development plans. In this area, we dedicate special attention to the value chains for palm, pulp and paper, and mining, working with companies such as Agropalma, Biopalma, Cargill, Dreyfus, Hydro and Suzano. Peabiru is also part of the local coordination of the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA), together with IDESAM and ECAM, an initiative supported by USAID that, recognizing the private sector’s role in generating innovative solutions, gathers key players from industries such as mining, agribusiness, logistics and retails in a collaborative network to foster sustainable development and conservation in the Amazon.
3. Social Protection of Children, Youth and Women – to contribute to the guarantee of the rights of children and youth, greater equity between women and men, and to the empowerment of women. Here, we highlight the importance of: a. Public social indicators for children and youth (supporting UNICEF Seal initiative); b. Encouragement and support to social organizations and rural businesses led by women.
4. Biodiversity Conservation – to increase knowledge about the biodiversity of the Amazon biome, especially the Belém Endemism Center (portion of the Amazon in the states of Maranhão and Pará, east of the Tocantins River); contributing to the conservation of public and private conservation areas; and to promote environmental education. Highlights: a. ProGoeldi Program for the revitalization of Goeldi Museum’s Zoobotanical Park, in Belém, Pará; b. Conservation of pollinators, especially non-stinging bees; and c. Environmental education for children and youth.
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