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Equator Initiative Case Study - Bolsa Amazônia

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Founded in 1998 by Brazilian NGOs, the Federal University of Pará, and international donors, and in partnership with private sector companies, Bolsa Amazônia is a regional initiative dedicated to developing sustainable enterprises in rural forest communities of Amazonia. With a focus on sustainable agriculture and agro-industrialization, Bolsa Amazônia assesses market demand for locally-produced goods such as banana flour, frozen fruit pulp, honey, oils, and hand-made paper and handicrafts. By linking producers and buyers directly through an online marketing system, the initiative guarantees a fairer price for forest-based communities and empowers local actors to build sustainable enterprises. Building from its successes in Pará, Bolsa Amazonia now has representative offices in Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Venezuela, as well as in four Brazilian States (Pará, Amapá, Rondônia and Acre). The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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