A dynamic and collaborative relationship
“In its intermediary role, Ibama’s technical team has closely followed the implementation of the offset measures under the Frade Consent Decree. Over these last few years, we have participated directly in discussing and monitoring the suite of projects involved.
The strategy of accompanying progress at very close quarters, taking part in discussions with representatives of both the signatory company and Funbio has enabled us to consolidate a dynamic and collaborative relationship among the parties, each within its own role, that has allowed us to present more timely evaluations and responses, and to offer the input the Federal Public Prosecutors’ Office of Rio de Janeiro requires to reach its decisions.
The Technical Working Groups formed with the other stakeholders, all of recognized expertise in given thematic areas, have afforded a more diverse approach in project calls and selection and yielded decisions that aim for inclusiveness in terms of the public benefited by the Consent Decree’s actions.
We recently participated in two Technical Working Groups: the first of these was geared towards projects designed to strengthen community organization and income-generation in craft fishing communities, and, within the context of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, sought to dialogue with the real and priority needs of this group eligible for Consent Decree funds. This dialogue paved the way towards closer proximity with its representative institutions, which will certainly help on future actions.
The second Technical Working Group we took part in concerned the selection of, and support for, mangrove conservation and management projects aligned with the goals set forth in the National Action Plan for Mangrove Conservation—PAN Manguezal.
The work done by the Mangrove Conservation Technical Working Group deserves special mention for its use of the information gathered during the preparation of the National Action Plan and for understanding the importance of pressing ahead with the implementation of public policies previously established and legitimized by a wide-reaching participative process.
The Technical Working Group included strategic stakeholders representative of the diversity of approaches to the ecosystem, enabled a revalidation of the National Action Plan’s original goals, and preserved the intentionality of that process by reaffirming the understanding that initiatives for environmental conservation and management cannot be dissociated from the way of life and mode of production of fishermen and women who have traditionally lived off the sea’s resources.”
Emerson Marcondes, Environmental Analyst