In the heart of the state of Amazonas is one of the most preserved regions of the Tropical Forest: the Middle Juruá – a place where socioeconomic development and biodiversity preservation occur mutually. This phenomenon is only possible due to one factor: the collective mobilization of residents with local and external organizations. It is in this context that the associations of Médio Juruá have strengthened. Today, we will learn more about them.
The reality of Médio Juruá was not always this. A few decades ago, in the 1970s, community members in the region suffered from work similar to slavery and the intense exploitation of their natural resources. With the arrival of bodies that promoted popular awareness, the power of Médio Juruá returned to the hands of its people. For this process, the formation and development of associations were essential.
The ?boom? of associations
In Middle Juruá, the various activities and production chains form groups of people who have similar professions and realities, such as rubber tappers and fishermen. After the creation of the Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve (Resex) in 1997, communities realized that collective mobilization was a strong way to conquer space.
From this, they formed associations that sought strategies to produce and sell products at a fair price and valuing the traditional way of life. Since then, some local community organizations have emerged. Get to know each of them:
The main collectives of Médio Juruá
- ASPROC – Association of Rural Producers of Carauari
It was the first association created in Médio Juruá, responsible for representing more than 800 families and defending the co-management of natural resources of great importance to the community, such as Pirarucu and rubber.
- ASMAMJ – Association of Agroextractivist Women of Médio Juruá
ASMAMJ materializes the strength and female presence in the region. This all-female community organization is responsible for promoting social equality in the territory and empowering women and girls through income generation.
- AMECSARA – Association of Extractive Residents of the São Raimundo Community
AMECSARA is focused on training young leaders and Volunteer Environmental Agents. These trained professionals support actions to combat the misuse of natural resources and the conservation of turtles.
- AMARU – Association of Agroextractive Residents of the Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve
AMARU produces raw materials for cosmetics and has a partnership with Natura. In addition, it also participates in research on the sustainable management of Pirarucu and chelonian nests.
- CODAEMJ – Mixed Cooperative for Sustainable Development and Solidarity Economy of Médio Juruá
Represents the oilseed production chain in Médio Juruá. This organization carries out the collection of raw materials, processing, production and transportation of the final product. The result of this work is the generation of income and improvement in the quality of life of members.
- ASPODEX – The Association of the Deni People of the Xeruã River
It is an association of more than 1000 indigenous people of the Deni ethnic group, who live in 5 villages in the Middle Juruá. This collective is responsible for guaranteeing the rights of indigenous peoples in the region and also coordinates territorial protection activities.
Results of collective mobilization
The union of efforts of all these collectives resulted in the territory of Médio Juruá as we know it today: a region commanded by its own people, in which improving the community's living conditions promotes nature conservation. Together with projects such as the Território Médio Juruá Program, coordinated by Sitawi and with USAID, PPA and Natura as strategic partners, and the institutional partnership of Alliance Biodiversity & CIAT and CGIAR, 950 thousand hectares of forest are conserved and 3,695 families benefit from improvements socioeconomic.
Get to know the activities of organizations in the territory up close in the new report of the Juruá Middle Territory Program – referring to the 2nd year of phase 2 of the project.