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SIVAM - System for the Protection of the Amazon

SIVAM is the infrastructure for SIPAM (System for the Protection of the Amazon) – the Government of Brazil’s comprehensive strategy for sustainable development of the Amazon region. It is a network of surveillance radars, environmental sensors, communications, airborne systems, and coordination centres...
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Piranha Reserve for Sustainable Development

The Piranha Reserve for Sustainable Development (RSD) was created by the Manacapuru Municipality City Hall on 4 July 1997, seeking to assure the conservation of an area with extreme biodiversity, and to support the local communities’ efforts to oppose the slaughter of birds and predatory fishing by outside visitors, which was harming their subsistence activities. The area is located between the Solimões River’s right margin and Manacapuru River’s left margin and has an area of almost 120,000 hectares consisting of mainly the meadow (flooded) ecosystem, where about 64 families live distributed between two communities. It comprises a compound of approximately 180 lakes and it is a migratory route for at least 10 species of birds, originating from Central and South America...
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Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve

The Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve is one of the largest flooded forest reservations in the world, with 1.1 million hectares of lakes, marshy forests and jungle and up to 80 continuous kilometres / 50 miles of flooded area. Together with the Amana Reserve and the Jau National Park, it forms the largest area of protected flooded forestlands in the world...
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Anavilhanas Ecological Station

The Anavilhanas Ecological Station (ESEC) is made up of 350,018 hectares and is located in the north-eastern Amazonas state, on the lower Rio Negro (Black River), the main tributary of the Amazon River. It is one of the world’s largest fluvial archipelagoes, with approximately 400 islands and hundreds of lakes, rivers, swamps and sandbanks, all rich in animal and plant life...
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Jau National Park

Jau National Park (PNJ) was created in 1980. It is one of Brazil’s largest parks, occupying 2,272,000 hectares, an area equivalent to 1.42 percent of the area of the state of Amazonas. Three rivers define the boundaries of PNJ: the Carabinani River to the south, the Jau River in the central region of the park, and the Unini River to the north. It is the only national park in Brazil to protect the entire watershed of a ‘black water’ river. The name of the park derives from one of Brazil’s largest fishes, the Jau (Paulicea luetkeni)...
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Tarumã-Mirim Settlement (Ramal do Pau Rosa)

The main economic activity of the settlement is domestic agriculture, which the settlers manage with great difficulty. The main crops include banana, coconut, orange, cassava, together with brazil nut picking and wood extraction for sawmills and charcoal production. However, agricultural and forest production on a commercial scale – practised by a minority – is limited and is hampered by several adverse factors, such as difficulty in gaining access to funding, lack of technical assistance, and lack of market channels or roads in good condition for distributing products...
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Tapajos National Forest

The Tapajos National Forest is located in the west of the Para state, between the Tapajos River and the Santarem-Cuiaba Highway. It was established in 1974, it covers more than 545,000 hectares and it is part of the Brazilian National Forest System, administered by the Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA). It represents the only accessible large virgin forest close to Santarem and it has only recently opened up to ecotourism...

Projeto Saude & Alegria (PSA)

Health & Happiness Project is an non-profit organization that has been working in the Amazon region in extractivist communities along the Amazon, Tapajos and Arapiuns rivers since 1987. It also works with many communities in the Tapajos National Forest. These communities are made up principally of traditional peoples. They practice subsistence farming, extractivism and itinerant agriculture. They live from hunting, informal fishing, the collection of forest products and the farming of manioc and other regional products. These populations have deep traditional knowledge about the Amazon and the use and conservation of its natural resources...
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