For this conversation, Larissa Tukano, of the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of Rio Negro (Foirn); Denis Minev, of Bemol; Dr. Érika Pellegrino (UFPA/Altamira); and Eugenio Scannavino Neto, of Saúde e Alegria project were invited.
At the event, the virtual gallery of Amazonian artists whose work help the Concertation build and humanize debates was also launched, expanding people’s imagination about the various Amazons. Themed Ciclos Para o Amanhã” (Cycles for Tomorrow), the exhibition portrays the view of 16 artists who advocate and fight for their land.
The meeting was opened by Renata Piazzon, director of Instituto Arapyaú and executive secretary of the Concertation, who reminded those present of the network’s performance pillars, which currently counts on more than 500 leaders from the most varied sectors. Non-partisan in nature, the initiative has been establishing itself as a hub of knowledge and meeting for the Amazon.
Premises of the Concertation for Health
To conclude this part of the discussion, Lívia Pagotto, knowledge manager at Instituto Arapyaú, presented health indicators for the Legal Amazon and a summary of possible paths on this front, such as:
- strengthening primary care in remote areas and institutional capacities, with governance adapted to the Amazon territory (adapted SUS);
- access to data and expansion of analytical capabilities (federal, state and municipal governments);
- planetary health approach: link between health/pandemics/forest preservation;
- shared infrastructure and logistics for the development of structuring policies;
- establishing the Amazon as a practice territory for universities and research centers.
Regarding economy, entrepreneur and CEO of Bemol stressed that the Amazon is not an environmental problem to be solved, but a vast region, with internal diversities of all kinds and that should not be approached without a “vision” of prosperity. He recalled that Brazilian science is not focused on the environmental heritage of the Amazon, which lacks professionals, equipment and research funding. For him, it is possible to reinvent Brazil from the Amazon.
The indigenous leader of the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of Rio Negro (Foirn), an entity bringing together 23 indigenous peoples, reported on the work of indigenous artisans, highlighting their sustainable production chain and difficulty in understanding this reality in their relationship with the market. She explained that it is not a business production, but rather a community enterprise, which has its own rhythm and delivers not only the goods and services it sells, but the standing forest, while preserving traditions, resistance and struggle.
For her, dialogue is lacking among the government, companies, and indigenous peoples who are often seen as objects of research and beings of the past.
Premises of the Concertation for Economy
Once again, Lívia Pagotto presented the proposals that are being discussed within the network on this topic:
- mosaic of economic activities according to landscapes: bioeconomies, conservation economy, rural-city economy, urban economy;
- inter and intra-regional coordination;
- inclusion of informal work in the labor market;
- mobilization of diversified sources of funds, with the greatest possible mobilization of patient capital in the short term;
- tax and incentives review, considering conservation, climate and biodiversity;
- access to credit and markets;
- commodities balance;
- improvement of governance and incentives.