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Equator Initiative Case Study – Sociedade Civil Mamirauá

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This group currently co-manages the Mamirauá and Amaña Reserves, covering a combined total of 3.5 million hectares of flooded tropical forest and wetlands in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Founded in 1992, the initiative is an environmental policy and research body that brings together academic institutes and local communities in the sustainable management of the area’s wetland resources. The results of the initiative’s work led to the declaration of Mamirauá as a ‘Sustainable Development Reserve’ in 1996 – a new category of protected area under Brazil’s National System of Conservation Units.
Since 1999, the Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development has monitored a vast range of ecological, social, and economic indicators. These data inform ongoing analysis of the effectiveness of community-based resource use plans, and have been used to demonstrate the efficacy of community-based management to government partners and donors. 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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