Territorial Development

The Territorial Development program is the basis of social and political support for all PSA actions in the Amazonian communities. The program works holistically toward internal and intercommunity organization, helping to ensure land rights and to promote sustainable territories managed by the forest people themselves.

The western region of Pará has traditionally experienced predatory exploitation, marked by illegal logging, forest fires, artisanal mining, land grabbing and, more recently, the fast-moving expansion of agribusiness. This reality results in constant conflicts, with a major impact on the territories and the rights of the traditional communities, and threatens the future of the world’s largest tropical forest.

Although progress has been made in the region since 2005, with the creation of new conservation units that helped reduce conflicts and deforestation, making these territories viable (including those created previously) from a social, economic and environmental standpoint remains a challenge. Additionally, many regions still need control and public policies for use of land and the environment. New economic cycles are placing pressure on forest, meaning that riverside communities, indigenous people and quilombolas are at risk of losing domain over their traditional lands.

In general, the traditional communities have no formal and legal representation before governmental bodies, making it difficult to access public policies to which they are entitled. Even internally, they lack organizational structures and leadership to advocate for their lands and for the management of their own development.

Considering this, PSA works to strengthen the representation of local communities for articulation within their territorial communities, through training and advising community leaders to defend their lands, social control of public policies, and good management of natural resources. The objective is to keep the Amazon alive for the good of the local populations, the country and the planet.

Community Management

By supporting sustainable development plans, advising community organizations and promoting participatory management, PSA ensures that the communities provide continuity to the projects after their implementation, and therefore contribute to community development models in sustainable territories.

Land Management

Still a major challenge in the Amazon due to economic pressures and the lack of adequate public policies, land management is still essential for the conservation of the forest and for the sustainable development of the communities that inhabit it. In addition to the socio-economic and cultural projects aimed at the local populations, PSA works to strengthen Conservation Units in Western Pará, and to support threatened lands and social groups and to defend the rights of these populations.

Networks and Collaboration

Connections with many community representatives, such as grassroots organizations, associations and local groups, enables the communities to participate in the planning and implementation of the projects, in addition to empowering them to continue these projects and exercise their citizenship in defense of their rights. PSA also works with public bodies and national and international social actors (such as NGOs, foundations and networks) to enable projects and to create appropriate public policies in the region.

Dissemination and Replication of Experiences

From Western Pará to the Amazon, from the Amazon to Brazil, from Brazil to the world. Participants in PSA projects become replicators of these experiences in other communities of the Amazon region. In addition, PSA systematizes solutions so that they can be properly implemented in other locations. This is the case of the Abaré hospital-boat, which is the basis for the Riverside Family Health public policy, and social technologies for access to water and sanitation, both used by governmental programs in partnership with other social organizations.
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“CEAPS” – The Center for Advanced Studies on Social and Environmental Promotion, a non-profit civil institution founded in 1985, legally represents PSA.
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