LifeGate participates in the safeguarding of 560 hectares of the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest. The Brazilian government has assigned the area to 27 families of the San Pedro community, who participate in the project by raising awareness amongst citizens through activities geared towards preventing and contrasting deforestation, arson, illegal hunting activities and other environmental crimes.
Objectives and activities
Despite the fact that Brazilian law formally guarantees that 80% of the forest remain untouched by human exploitation, lack of resources such as public funding and personnel means that this portion of the forest is not granted with real protection. In order to stop this phenomenon from seriously threatening the forest’s integrity, it is necessary to take action: through surveillance activities, mapping of the forest’s resources, raising awareness and encouraging environmental education in San Pedro and surrounding communities.
Geographical and social context
The intervention area is located within the municipality of Silva, 340 kilometres from Manaus, capital of Amazonas State. The 41 communities residing in this area live off fishing and agriculture, ustilising local resources to survive without being able to generate enough income to improve their conditions. The San Pedro community, along the Igarapé Capivara River, is composed of 27 families: nearly 150 people.