Sustainable Development in The Amazon
Production and sustainable use of natural resources, mapping productive potential to implement innovative supply-chains.
The reserve Cazumba- Iracema is located in the Amazonian part of Brazil in an area that borders with Peru and Bolivia. It extends over more than 7,500 sqKm. The reserve is home to about 350 families who employ traditional methods of extration of natuaral resources. The area holds the category of conservation unit under Brazilian legislation, which allows the sustainable use of natural resources, by those families whose traditional livelihoods depend on the forests and the artisanal extration of natural resources. Thanks to the sustainable traditions of the inhabitants, the area remains well preserved with an extarordinary sociocultural richness. Due to the importance of the equilibrium of Natural Resources, our partner institute, implements an intensive programmes of monitoring of natural resources.
The area of the reserve where we operate has an extensive forest coverage (99% under protection). However, its sustainable productive potential is unknown and it has never been mapped. This project will allow us to contribute to the assessment of the sustainable production capacity of the villages of the reserve and the different products: acai berry, jatoba oil, Brazil nut, etc.
- Trek and map areas of community forests.
- Record data on productive species found
- Record with a GPS the coordinates of the point where the species have been found.
- Map the perimeter of the area used by each community.
The reserve has an accommodation (see prices) located within the forests two hours by boat or car from the nearest village. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living area and area with hammocks. It is equipped with internet service, and aerial for mobile phones. The accommodation has bed linen however you should take your own towel and toiletries.
The volunteers tend to cook their own food. Alternatively you can eat with locals at a cost of $10 per meal.
The region has two seasons: Dry season July- October with high temperatures during the day and cool during night and early mornings. The dry season can have cooler days due to polar weather fronts coming from the South.
It is important to have insect repellent and sun cream. Cloths should be of light materials preferably that can dry quickly. For field work you should bring long sleeves, long trousers and boots. You may use short and shirts as bathing suits during recreation activities, however bathing suits should be worn with t-shirts due to local costums.
During your free time in the village you can ride bicycle, go trecking, fishing or accompany the local settlers in their daily work and or recreational activities.