FASE Amazônia

With the world’s largest reserve of tropical rainforests, water and biodiversity, the Amazon region carries enormous weight in debates on equitable social, environmental and economic development. In the Pan-Amazon region, FASE has criticized impacts of the style of development imposed over recent decades, in terms of major hydropower, mining and monoculture projects. Its office in Pará works in the municipalities of Greater Belém, as well as in the Lower Tocantins and Lower Amazon river basins, to promote sustainable regional development through alternatives such as agroextractivism and cooperatives.

Another part of this regional work is the struggle to have national urban-development policies consider the specificities of cities in the Amazon, where 70% of the region’s population now lives. FASE believes that public policies must urgently promote a sustainable regularization and the social function of urban and peri-urban land holdings.

Comercialização de produtos agroecológicos em Santarém/PA (Foto: Arquivo FASE)
Marketing agroecological produce in Santarém, Pará. (Photo: FASE/ Archives)

FASE’s Amazon Program (FASE Amazônia) holds that a territory’s socio-environmental sustainability goes beyond the protection of natural resources. The spread of monocrops like oil palm and soybeans degrades biodiversity and provokes food and nutritional insecurity for the region’s families. This all reinforces the strategic importance of fighting for environmental justice and defending the commons and territorial rights.

This regional program contributes to the appreciation and recognition of the practices and life styles of traditional extractivist, farming, quilombola, indigenous and fisherfolk communities. In the face of still dominant patriarchies and chauvinism, it supports women’s groups fighting for their economic and political autonomy. FASE Amazônia also contributes to consolidating channels and networks for fair, solidarity markets and invests in strengthening social-control bodies and spaces for agroecology to flourish.

The Amazon Program also extends its reach through participation in broader groupings such as the East Amazon Forum, the State Urban Reform Forum (FERU/PA), the Metropolitan Urban Reform Forum, the Pan-Amazon Social Forum and the Rural Women Entrepreneurs in the Amazon Network (RMERA).

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