The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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IDESAM — Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (recommended by overseas office)

Biodiversity conservation through fostering sustainable income generation for family farmers and traditional communities in the Madeira River-Basin, Southern Amazonas.

Activity grant

Project Description

The project aims at increase biodiversity conservation through fostering sustainable income generation for family farmers and traditional communities in the Madeira River-Basin, Southern Amazonas. It involves around 80 direct families and indirectly 600 families in the region with agroforestry, non-timber forest products, social organization and commercialization. These two marginalized groups of actors depend on diverse small agriculture and non-timber forest products for their subsistence and income generation and permanence on rural areas. We will provide options for increase yields and diversify production through technical assistance, improved plants and seedlings and community engagement and organization. For traditional communities, it will also foster capacity building for non-timber forest products collection, along with food security actions towards agricultural subsistence. [No. K16-0701]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2016 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
From October 2016 to September 2018
Grant amount
BRL 300,000
Activity region
Apuí and Novo Aripuanã city, Madeira river basin, Southern Amazonas, Brazil
Cooperative plan to work on health and education, copaiba and Brazil nut, commercialization- third meeting - Aripuanã Gauriba settlement.

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Gabriel Carrero
Executive Director: Golçalves Koury Carlos Gabriel
The Idesam is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization established in 2004, in the city of Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil. IDESAM is managed by an independent board, composed of individuals from civil society who have an interest and relationship with the Amazon and participate voluntarily in IDESAM's administration. IDESAM's staff work in the coordination and execution of projects, research and scientific studies aimed at the conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon region. Our financial resources are obtained through grants and research contracts, and are invested in programs focused on preventing and reducing deforestation, mitigating climate change, alleviating poverty, promoting forest conservation and managing natural resources. All activities, programs and funds raised are monitored by independent councils and audits.
Recent Activities
As recent activities developed by Idesam we can highlight:
  • Technical assistance for 1.700 small farmers from 10 settlements in Amazonas state during the last two years.
  • Elaboration of the first community forest management plan in the Amapá state.
  • Activities for licensing of 10 rosewood tree planting for small farmers in Maués city, Amazonas.
  • Evaluation of 10 different techniques for forest restauration in 5,83 ha of degraded areas in Apuí city, Amazonas.
  • Implantation of six demonstrative units of agroforestry systems and annual crops in Apuí city, Amazonas.
  • Support to the organic certification to "Apuí Coffee".
  • Launch of a digital platform to monitor environmental commitments signed by the state government of Amazonas.
Number of Full-time employees: 22 / Number of Part timers: 3 / Number of Members: 25
Voice of Representative
We expect that the project can improve the income generation of the families from Aripuanã Guariba settlement and of the the guaraná's small framers in Apuí city through sustainable activities. Consequently, the project will provide a better quality of life for its beneficiaries allowing them to live in the rural area, without the need to look for opportunities in the urban area. In addition, the sustainable activities developed will support the forest conservation and its environmental benefits associated.