River of Light, environmental education for traditional Amazonian communities
Our environmental Education project in the Amazon ended with success!
Peoples of the forest are its guardians and, for millennia, have lived in harmony with the surrounding environment. However, even in the most remote places of the Biome, new generations are facing difficult challenges: the transition to modernity, the use of technology and the approach to urban reality and consumerism.
With this pilot project, a partnership between Amazônia, Amazon Charitable Trust and CoopXixuaú, financed by Cerchi d’onda Onlus, we wanted to give new generations of people living in the forest some necessary tools to understand the value of a healthy and balanced environment and the need to keep it that way.
The project received the symbolic name “Rio de Luz” (River of Light), which links the river environment where the students live to the concept of light as a symbol of life and knowledge.
The activities, launched in January 2022 and concluded in June of the same year, involved five schools of the Jauaperi Extractive Reserve, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. The project wanted to offer the young generations of the beneficiary communities a model of environmental education in order to spread awareness about issues such as the value of the forest, its conservation, traditional knowledge, waste management, river water pollution and appropriate measures to avoid environmental degradation.
The lessons were held by an environmental education teacher, with the support of our staff and local teachers. The initiative received the patronage of the municipal school authorities and the support of the leadership of the traditional communities involved. Various methods were adopted to develop the goal: for the little ones we decided to carry out creativity and drawing activities; for the older ones, we opted for a greater depth of contents. The 70 pupils who benefited from the project watched videos and cartoons, listened to podcasts, had theory lessons and participated in practical training experiences such as separate waste collection. The activities were carried out both in classroom and outdoors, and allowed children and teens to independently reflect on the main themes of the course. Those activities made used various tools for each age group: games, drawing, music, creative and experiential workshops.
At the end of the course, a small ceremony was held to deliver participation certificates, in the presence of families, reinforcing the importance of environmental preservation in traditional communities and rewarding the commitment of the children and teenagers.
Today the Amazon Forest plays a crucial role in containing climate chaos and, therefore, in the future of humanity. The well-being of the forest also depends on the next generations of native inhabitants, who will be the most important guardians of this immense heritage of tropical biodiversity!
We thank all the participants, teachers and partners involved and we look forward to new collaborations in favor of the forest and for the future of the Amazon and humanity.
ABC, Amazon Biodiversity and Carbon Expedition
An unprecedented scientific expedition. The first large-scale and multidisciplinary one built in the Jauaperi Extractive Reseve.
The team, based in Xixuaú and led by prof. Carlos Peres of the National Institute of Research in the Amazon (INPA), brought together 24 people, including researchers and students from numerous Brazilian institutions including the famous Emilio Goeldi Museum in Belém and the federal universities of Amazonas, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.
Amazon, Biodiversity and Carbon Expeditions is the full name of the project that mobilized an unprecedented task force in uncharted forest areas for 15 days of intensive research.
The purpose of the expedition was to carry out a quantitative survey of the biodiversity of the undisturbed terra firme forest, including vertebrates, plants and non-vertebrates, such as small and large mammals, birds, lizards, frogs, fish (using eDNA from water samples), ferns, trees, beetles, bees, ants, termites and other dipters. The survey also included the measurement of forest carbon stock and epigeal biomass, soundscapes using automatic recorders and the use of photographic traps.
In the coming years, ABC Expeditions will carry out a multi-taxa expedition in each of the 12 main river basins, covering all 9 states of the Brazilian Amazon and gathering important information for the future of the Biome.
We are proud to have contributed to the first major scientific expedition in the reserve and very eager to see (and show you!) The first results and the first images recorded!
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The expedition was made possible thanks to the support of the Norwegian University of Natural Sciences, the Amazon Charitable Trust and Amazônia Onlus, with the logistical support of CoopXixuaú and the consent of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity – ICMBio.
All team members were doubly vaccinated and tested for Covid 24. All activities were carried out in the open air and all anti-Covid protocols respected.
Doctors of the waters – health by sailing
The Doutores Das Águas ambulance boat goes upstream against the current, bringing treatment and medical assistance to the most isolated villages of the Amazon River basin. Weeks of navigation, dozens of stops to visit around 2000 natives in each expedition. For many of them it is the only opportunity to meet a doctor or a dentist and the only opportunity to obtain basic medicines for their own well-being and that of their children.
Normally, the boat is full of volunteers: doctors, nurses, dentists, dental technicians, educators and animators form a team of 50 people on board. This year, due to the restrictions imposed by the anti-Covid protocols, the medical team was reduced to personnel with double doses of the vaccine and the activities were rethought in line with the anti-contagion security measures to avoid gatherings and contain the spread of the virus.
The staff, reduced to 20 specialists, offered specialist visits, dental and minor surgery, medication, ordinary vaccines as well as tests for hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases, the latter of which (in particular syphilis) were found with a higher incidence than what emerged from the screening carried out in 2019.
Amazônia supports health actions with the aim of promoting the improvement of health indicators and the quality of life among the peoples of the forest.
For this reason, we also support the vaccination campaign against Covid19. In collaboration with the Health Departments, we work to raise awareness among the population, keep the natives informed about the arrival of vaccines and support the transport costs of the most isolated families to vaccination places.
A special thanks to ACQUASAN for allowing the trip of the “river doctors”!
Watch the video of the trip!
Rio Negro record: flooding emergencies in the Amazon
Amazônia Onlus’ appeal: “Floods cause vulnerability, loss of property and disease. Families have to leave their homes. We need everything. “
“In the Amazon we are experiencing exceptional flooding. This year the port of Manaus recorded a record level of 30.02 meters on the Rio Negro, the highest since 1902, when the measurements began. With water invading the houses on the banks of rivers, the local population is in a situation of extreme vulnerability. They are losing their assets and are increasingly exposed to the risk of contracting diseases, as well as food safety problems. Covid was not enough “. Emanuela Evangelista, directly from the Amazon, tells what is happening in the rainforest: an emergency that is still not talked about abroad.
“Floods are ordinary seasonal events to which local populations are accustomed and normally prepared to face, but the Amazon is increasingly affected by extreme phenomena, probably exasperated by climate chaos”, says the president Amazônia Onlus, highlighting that this year all the normal precautions were not enough.
The Amazon basin has its natural cycle: from June to November, with the so-called “vazante”, the water drops and from December to May the water rises, flooding the area. In the last decade, according to the findings of the Rede Hidrometeorológica Nacional, the ebb and flow process has become more pronounced, with increasingly extreme water levels in rivers.
Following the exceptional floods in progress, crops are ending up under water along with small farms, fishing is becoming increasingly difficult due to the vastness of the flooded areas. Getting food has become increasingly difficult and many families have had to leave their homes in the midst of the pandemic, despite living on stilts. Everything is needed: food, drugs, hygiene products, fuel for travel, economic resources to repair the damage and rebuild.
We have alerted local authorities, collected images and testimonies and sent petitions for a state of emergency to be declared. We will bring help in this difficult time and in post-flooding, when it will be necessary to assess the damage and remedy it.
Let’s not leave them alone.
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The forest is protecting us – with your help
Exactly one year ago, on February 17th, Emanuela Evangelista, president of Amazônia Onlus, was appointed Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, who spoke the following words: “For her continued commitment, at an international level, to protect the environment and the indigenous people, and to fight deforestation”. At that specific moment, no one could imagine that only a month later – on March 11th, 2020 – the World Health Organization would have declared a pandemic. And we, Amazônia Onlus, could not envisage the challenges to come. In 2020, the Covid emergency had a devastating impact on the Amazon and, recently, it has intensified.
A new strain of the virus has swamped the health system in Manaus for the second time, and it is quickly spreading inland now. The daily oxygen requirement in the capital of Amazonas is 80,000 liters per day – 3 times the normal amount – and the local production cannot keep up with the tremendous demand. Indigenous and traditional communities have only one way to protect themselves from the virus: stay in the forest.
The small Amazonian villages, which are isolated and accessible only by boat, have neither food shops, nor health care, nor medicines, nor emergency transport. This situation makes the inhabitants extremely vulnerable in case of infection. Fishing, hunting, and harvesting supply most of the food, but they also rely on exchanges with faraway cities. Isolation in these regions creates a food security problem. They need provisions, equipment for getting food, medicines, hygiene products, and goods for basic necessities.
The lack of supplies can compromise their self-isolation attempt and endanger the entire population. For this reason, since the beginning of the pandemic, Amazônia Onlus has focused its actions to protect the natives from infection. It is a new challenge to us and we carry it out with the methods and the means typically employed by a humanitarian emergency organization. With our partner Amazon Charitable Trust we developed an action plan to increase the resilience of local communities, disseminated important information, rapidly transferred funds from Europe to Brazil, created and strengthened a network of organizations. Since April 2020, we have already delivered 40 tons of products to the 250 families of the Jauaperi National Park, with approximately 1,200 inhabitants.
Today, we are constantly in contact with the closest hospitals to which, with your help, we want to donate cylinders and oxygen concentrators. The forest is protecting us, but the emergency continues, and our campaign goes along.
With € 100, we can guarantee food and basic goods to a family for a month.
With € 1,000, we can purchase an oxygen concentrator and save a life.
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Deforestation and pandemic in Brazil – the Amazon Forest in flames
The current COVID-19 pandemic has been aggravating the situation of deforestation in the Amazon, further endangering the survival of poor people and local communities. Brazil is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 80 K deaths and more than 2 million cases. With the fire season that is about to arrive, their effects will further worsen Amazonian deforestation and breathing problems caused by the virus. According to the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in the first three months of the year 2020 there has been a 50% increase in deforestation if compared to the previous year. Farther, researchers of the Andean Amazon project (MAAP) counted more than 900 hundred fire outbreaks in the first half of June, leading to a 40% increase compared to the same period of 2019. Specialists also believe a rise in forest fires could increase breathing difficulties in a population already badly hit by the new coronavirus. Hence, the combination between the virus and the fires could have severe consequences on health conditions of the local population. These issues are affecting poor people and local communities, whose incapacity to practice social distancing and limited access to health facilities is undermining their chances of surviving. LET’S NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE!
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Brazil: Amazonians hit hard by Covid19
New infections and new deaths occur every day in Brazil but the Amazon region is the highest risk region. The virus is spreading with great speed, 90% of the municipalities are already affected, even inland, in isolated villages and in indigenous lands, where numerous deaths have occurred. It is impossible to say exactly how many cases there are.
Thousands of infections are reported every day but the figures are underestimated because the availability of tampons is scarce and the lack of communication with isolated populations does not allow a widespread control. From the small village of Xixuaú, on the banks of the Rio Jauaperi, where the local cooperative runs the Xixuau Amazon Ecolodge, the Italian biologist Emanuela Evangelista, president of Amazônia Onlus, an organization that since 2004 has worked to offer health, training, work, income and sustainable development to the inhabitants, speaks to us. “The pandemic in the Amazon still shows exponential growth and without immediate action the impact will be disproportionate. The state of hospitals is dramatic: beds are missing, there are not enough respirators and supplies.
The bad social and economic conditions of the region and the great distances are not helping to deal with the emergency. ” The Jauaperi National Park, in the northern Brazilian Amazon, is home to around 1000 natives residing in 14 villages on the banks of the river, 400 km from the nearest city. The small villages are isolated and accessible only by boat, they have no food shops and no health care or medicines, which makes the inhabitants extremely vulnerable in case of infection. The population thrives on traditional activities such as fishing, hunting and the collection of forest products, but survival also depends on distant cities which constitute an essential network of trade and commerce.
To reduce the risk of contagion, the natives have stopped moving towards urban centers, taking voluntary measures of isolation and staying in their forest. However, isolation creates a problem of food safety and supplies: they need food and materials to hunt and fish, they need medicines, hygiene products and basic necessities.
The shortage of supplies can compromise the attempt at self-isolation and endanger an entire population with children, pregnant women, the elderly and vulnerable people. “We are delivering the necessary for the survival of all the families of the Park. More than 300 families have already received 20 tons of supplies, but that will not be enough, so our mobilization continues”, says Evangelista. The closest city to the National Park is Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, a metropolis with the highest rate of contagion and death in the region, where the pandemic forces cemeteries to collective burials. Some raw materials are already in short supply and the organizations involved are racing against the clock. To finance the operation, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched and all the money that is collected will be entirely dedicated to supporting the families of the Park at this critical moment. To contribute through credit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay hereTo contribute via Paypay or Bank Transfer here The campaign is supported by Amazônia Onlus and Amazon Charitable Trust, thanks to the collaboration of Lojas Bemol, ICMBio, Doutores das Aguas and with the logistical support of CoopXixuaú and representatives of the park villages.
Emanuela Evangelista Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
February 17, 2020, Quirinale Palace, Rome. The ceremony for the appointment of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic to Emanuela Evangelista was held.
“For her constant commitment, internationally, to environmental protection, the protection of indigenous peoples and the fight against deforestation” these are the words of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella for Emanuela Evangelista.
An undoubtedly touching but also rewarding ceremony for the Roman activist, who came to Italy from Brazil for the award ceremony. “I am very excited and happy to be here – said Emanuela – this title is not only mine. It also belongs to the people in the association and to the natives who are constantly engaged in this huge job. All this will push us to do more, but it is necessary that Italy and the Italians become aware of the great responsibility we have in the ongoing destruction. For this I thank President Mattarella for his sensitivity in identifying the urgency of a theme that needs continuous attention, not momentary, and on which the future of humanity depends. “
Member of the Species Survival Commisson (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Emanuela Evangelista is also President of Amazônia Onlus, based in Milan and Vice President of the Trentino Insieme association, based in Trento.
In the Amazon since 2000, Emanuela lives in the small village of Xixuaú, on the banks of the Jauaperi River, in the heart of the forest. “Our work aims to eradicate poverty – she explains – in order to reduce the trend towards urban migration, typical of the region. We work to offer health, training, work, income and sustainable development to the natives, indispensable guardians of the forest. Indigenous peoples have always needed the forest to survive but the forest today, in the current scenario, needs its inhabitants in order to remain standing. “
The role of ecotourism is fundamental which, together with the sustainable harvest of forest fruits, crafts and scientific research, constitutes an important source of income for many families. Training of health and agricultural technicians, management, leadership, IT and language courses, artesian wells, community gardens and medical missions and, moreover, schools, internet connection, boats and motorboats to get out of isolation and to start new activities. There have also been many opportunities for cultural exchange through travel to other regions of the Amazon and Brazil but also to Europe and Africa.
In 2018 this area of 600 thousand hectares of protected tropical forest aimed at the sustainable use of natives (about 1000 people distributed in 14 villages), was recognized as a National Park (Extractive Reserve of the Lower Rio Branco and Rio Jauaperi), becoming symbol of conservation and fight against climate chaos.
“The Amazon risks becoming a savannah in just 15 years. My appeal to the Italians – the biologist concludes – is to act. We are still on time, but we must act now. We have the economic resources and the necessary technologies and to reverse the course and return the planet to a safe area. But we’re not going fast enough. It is necessary that citizens and all Italian consumers put pressure”.
Order of Merit for our work!
Emanuela Evangelista has been awarded the position of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republicby Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic.
The high honor was communicated on 21 December 2019 and motivated “for her constant commitment, internationally, to environmental protection, the protection of indigenous peoples and the fight against deforestation”. “I am honored and moved by this recognition,” said Emanuela. “I receive news of it just as I am in Manaus, the chaotic capital of the state of Amazonas, which expresses with its contradictions the suffering of native populations and at the same time the urgency and complexity of the necessary solutions. My first thoughts and thanks go to the inhabitants of the forest, for without them no work to protect the immense Amazonian heritage would be possible.
Understanding their needs is the basis of our work, which offers them concrete alternatives for development in harmony with the environment. Understanding the reasons that move a country towards choices that we can apparently not share is the first step in constructive and necessary dialogue. I believe that environmental protection is a tool for fighting poverty and therefore an instrument of peace in the world, for this reason I hope that the concession of this important honor will bring more and more attention to the theme of the future of the Amazon and multiply the efforts towards common and possible solutions. “ Biologist and environmental activist, Emanuela Evangelista is a member of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), President of Amazônia Milano Onlus and Vice President of Trentino Insieme, organizations engaged in international cooperation, aimed at promoting the conservation of the forest and the contrast to the exodus of the natives, about 1000 people gathered in 14 villages.
Together with the inhabitants of the Jauaperi River, located between the Brazilian states of Amazonas and Roraima, the organizations have carried out sustainable development projects and actions in defense of the right to health and education. Ecotourism, for example, has become a source of income and work for many families, together with the sustainable harvesting of forest fruits such as the Brazil nut and the protection of endangered river turtles. The region has recently been recognized as a National Park (Extractive Reserve of the Lower Rio Branco and Rio Jauaperi), 600 thousand hectares of tropical forest protected and designated for the exclusive sustainable use of the natives. The area, more than half the size of Jamaica, is added to an important corridor of conservation units and represents a key result for the fight against climate chaos.
School in the forest
Diversity of forests, diversity of schools and lifestyles: in this way the children of the Xixuaù elementary school and of the elementary school Tomasi of Villazzano in Trentino discover the two worlds at a distance and grow together in respect for the environment.
For the past two years children have been communicating with letters and drawings, raising funds for the restoration of the Xixuaú school and forming a training alliance for their growth. Thanks to our volunteers Giacomo Pontara and Laura Raia who came to visit us!
A new protected forest in the Brazilian Amazon
The native inhabitants of the Brazilian Amazon are celebrating a new protected forest!
On the 5th of June, World Environment Day, 581,173 hectares of forest around Xixuaú were granted legal protection. The area, more than half the size of Jamaica, integrates an important corridor of conservation units and is a key area to tackle climate change.
The new Reserve is superb news for the people engaged in the fight for the conservation of the Amazon as it is a step further in the protection of the forest and its traditional inhabitants.
Named the Extractive Reserve of the Lower Rio Branco-Jauaperi (RESEX), the new protected area has been created responding to a request formulated 17 years ago by the community of Xixuaú. In 2004 other villages along the Jauaperì joined the original request and since then the inhabitants of the Rio Jauaperi and the Rio Branco, in the states of Roraima and Amazonas, about 1.000 natives grouped in 10 villages, have militated with the support of local and international NGO’s such as Amazônia Onlus, Fundação Vitoria Amazônica, ISA and WWF Brazil to guarantee a long term sustainability of their forest.
The area presents a great biodiversity and a high state of conservation, with a priceless landscape and biological value.
A RESEX is a Conservation Unit specific to the territory of traditional extractive populations. The basic objective of this category is to conserve the livelihoods and culture of these populations, which maintains local biodiversity and the forest, and whose way of life is based on low impact fisheries and plantations, as well as collecting Brazil nuts, copaiba and fibres.
Victorious in a battle that lasted 17 years, we all look at the new phase starting now as the possible end of a cycle of conflicts and illegal exploitation of resources.
We would like to thank the many people that have dreamt with us and supported our work at Amazônia Onlus during this long journey with the words of our partner Claudio Maretti, vice-president of the World Commissionon Protected Areas of IUCN:
“Thanks to each of us, and all of us, many people, but above all the native inhabitants of the forest, in every place we have been, in every position we occupy, in the way we have been able to contribute! You cannot get something important by yourself. Never! A new phase starts now!”
Amazon illustrations exhibition
A big success for the new Amazonia Onlus exhibition, entitled “Amazzonia Bambina” and set up in Brescia at the PInac Foundation.
The exhibition collected the beautiful illustrations made by the native children of the villages of the Jauaperi River, in the Amazon, and the traditional handicraft market made by the women.
The inauguration of the exhibition presented suggestive classical and baroque music shows, as well as an exciting moment of poetry.
Thanks to everyone for having so warmly participated and a special thanks to Anna Compagnoni of Celacanto Cultural Association, Paola and Chiara, the excellent artists Franco Anzalone and Maria Antonietta Belotti and all the volunteers!
Medical supplies for the Jauaperi
Plasters, bandages, latex gloves, surgical masks, syringes, sterile gauze and disinfectant for the Amazon natives.
It is the precious contribution donated by the Misericordia di Viterbo to our Health Project, aimed at enhancing the health care in the local communities of the Jauaperi river.
Maryba Project: environmental education
In collaboration with our partner Trentino Insieme Association we organized a series of lectures and meetings in class for the high school teenagers and the elementary school children in Trentino, in the north of Italy.
A special thank to our environmental educator Giacomo Pontara and to the Autonomous Province of Trento for the long term support to our projects!
(Drinking) Water to the rainforest!
The community of Xixuau has recently received a donation from Amazonian Alliance of two sandbase water filters to provide the community the access to safe drinking water.
Because of their effectiveness, ease of use, and lack of recurring cost, biosand filters are considered the best technology to bring clean water in remote community areas.The installation of the water filters has been organised by Amazon Charitable Trust with the contribution of Amazônia Onlus.
The Xixuau at the 2016 Agenda Brazil
During its 5th edition, Agenda Brasil takes a look on the stories about the increasingly multifaceted and richly problematic Brazilian reality, seeking new accents and reinterpret the proposals of the previous editions. Cinema, live music, literature: voices from Brazil.
Included in the 2016 Agenda Brasil, there’ll be also our Xixuau Project, presented in many events, concerts and happenings organized in Milan in November. In partucular, the Xixuau project will be introduce by Chiara Tosi during the charity music show “Vaporosa”, with the famous musicians Rinaldo Donati e Roberto Taufic.
All the funds raised will be donated to Amazonia Onlus for the Amazon natives.
A coffee for the Amazon!￼
We are honored to receive the support of the association 1 Caffи, founded by the famous Italian actor Luca Argentero! We thank him and all his staff for choosing to help us promote and support the Xixuau Project!
Xixuaú at EXPO 2015!
Xixuau as a model of environmental sustainability, through the use of solar panels and electric motors, new sustainable energy solutions for the countries of the South.
30 October at 2.30 pm, at Cascina Triulza, EXPO MILANO 2015. Spokesperson: Chiara Tosi, Amazonia Onlus.
Education and training in Xixuau
We have just completed the new training courses dedicated to the inhabitants of Xixuau.
Thanks to the MarybaProject, also financed by the Autonomous Province of Trento, we were able to organize lectures and practices of tourism management, receiving visitors and English. Some lessons involved the local children, who took part in recreational games, didactic activities and workshops.
Medicines for Xixuau
With support of the environmental organization ForPlanet, our historical partner, an important result for the Health Project has been achieved to improve health care for local people.
The Pharmaceutical Bank Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2000 through collaboration between Federfarma of Milan and the CDO, has decided to ensure the Xixuaú and neighboring communities the periodic supply of medicines, health centers and surgical instruments.
Cooperativism at Xixuau
We continue our active collaboration with the Fundação Vitoria Amazonica, an important organization committed to the protection of the rights of the caboclos.
We have just concluded a professional course entitled “Management of Cooperatives and Associations”, held in the Community Xixuau and later in the village of Caicubi, the Rio Jufaris.
The course was attended by the leaders of CoopXixuaú (3 directors, 3 Fiscal Councilors, two secretaries), workers of the hospitality and reception of ecotourists (1 administrator, 1 operator in Manaus, 4 assistants, 4 cooks, 5 attendants) and the staff in charge of relations with ecotourists (17 environmental guides).
The lessons were conducted by qualified personnel from the Brazilian organization Fundação Vitoria Amazonica, our partner in the Getting Reddy project and certified body at national level for education and training activities for the benefit of the natives of the Amazon.
The reliability and success of the course was guaranteed by the competence of the Fundação Vitoria Amazonica and its deep knowledge if the socio-environmental issues in the region of Rio Jauaperi.
Xixuau’s new outboard
Xixuau community finally has a new boat, which will be used for the transport of the local inhabitants in case of medical emergency and also to speed up the journey of our eco-tourists. A big thank you goes to the association Trentino Insieme and the Autonomous Province of Trento, which helped us to achieve this important result!
The natives of Xixuaú in Italy
In September 2014 two natives of the Amazon rainforest visited the main Italian cities – Rome, Trento, Milan, Modena – to give the public their testimony on the importance of tropical forests and on the social status of traditional populations of the Amazon. As the spokespeople of the Xixuaú Community, they also told the audiences about the benefits of the projects implemented by Amazonia Onlus, which for over 10 years has worked to ensure education, health and sustainable development for the traditional communities of the Amazon forest.
Thanks Aluisio, thanks Francisco, it was nice having you with us!
The Amazon goes to Africa
Thanks to the project Getting Reddy, after the visit of our Tanzanian friends and partners to the Amazon in April 2012, for the first time the Xixuau community leaders undertook an adventurous trip to Africa. A Brazilian delegation went to Tanzania to visit the area of the forest which is protected through the project. There, the Caboclos could admire the stunning mountains of the Udzungwa, one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in Africa. They could also see wild animals in Mikumi National Park and the pristine beaches of the Tanzanian coast. During the many meetings with the African authorities, the Amazonian leaders explained their method on how to protect the forest through ecotourism and the sustainable management of forest resources. See the photo report.
Written by Chiara Tosi
A visit from Africa
A delegation from the organization Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and the Tridentino Museum of Natural Sciences came to Xixuaú. The visit was one of the activities of the project Getting REDDy, in partnership with Trentino Insieme and funded by the Government of Trento, fostered cultural exchange and sharing of experiences between the Amazonian and African realities.
The Tanzanian representatives spent ten days at Xixuau and had the opportunity not only to get to know the ribeirinho culture and the environmental characteristics of the region, but also to explain the activities conducted in their country, including beekeeping, sustainable agriculture and Community forest management.
Written by Emanuela Evangelista.
A large communal Maloca hut for eating and relaxing and five smaller Malocas with two twin bedrooms and private bathrooms mean that we can now host up to 20 people. These malocas are still in traditional local style but with red tile roofs instead of thatch, to reduce maintenance and increase their life span.
They also have solar powered electricity.
The new structure was inaugurated during a visit by Rolando Pizzini, from the association Trentino Insieme which helped obtain funding, as well as a team from RAI Italian Tv, a reporter from National Geographic and another documentary team led by the presenter Tessa Gelisio.
Written by Emanuela Evangelista