A Pan-Amazon Effort in Brazil to Save the Amazon

The city of Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, in Brazil, will host the 4th Pan-Amazon Social Forum (FSPA) from January 18 to 22. The FSPA is an offshoot of the World Social Forum and seeks to integrate social programs in Amazon region countries.

These countries include Brazil, Bolivia, Peru. Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname. This year’s forum will focus on what many participants are calling “another possible Amazon,” with emphasis on finding ways to preserve regional biological, political, social and cultural diversity.


“The FSPA is a place for participatory interaction and exchange regarding issues of public policy and infrastructure. Among those issues is sustainable extractive activities as part of family farming in the Amazon,” explains Fabio Abdala, the executive secretary of the Amazon Work Group (GTA).


Abdala says that by confronting social issues Brazil takes a market position that is competitive without reducing its solidarity.


The main theme of this year’s FSPA is “Diversity, Sovereignty and Peace,” as an expression of the Amazon region inhabitant’s struggle to preserve their resources, biodiversity and unique culture.


“We see the diversity in the Amazon region countries as a natural resource: our biodiversity and various cultural heritages need to be protected.


“We seek to protect our sovereignty through social movement activities. As for peace, at least in the Brazilian Amazon region, it prevails. Unlike urban centers such as Rio de Janeiro,” explained José Rocha, a Amazon regional union leader and coordinator of the forum.


Rocha adds that a quest is underway to find alternatives to neoliberal politics, economics and culture.


“We face the challenge of finding different ways to do things. Ways that are different from those being imposed on the Americas by the government of the United States and American multinational corporations,” he declared.


Translation: Allen Bennett
Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil to Reserve 300,000 Places in College for the Poor

Brazil’s Ministry of Education (MEC) plans to add 180 thousand places by 2006 through the ...

US Firm Sells Amazon Trees by the Unit, But You Cannot Touch

RainforestForever.org, a U.S. based company, has launched a program, that according to the firm, ...

Lula Wants Brazil to Be More Like China and Says Dollar Will Be Left Alone

Brazilian companies have to increase their productive capacity to compete internationally with rivals such ...

Brazil Urges Creation of Mercosur Parliament But Overlooks FTAA

Uruguay and Brazil have urged Mercosur partners Argentina and Paraguay to speed up an ...

Brazilian Indians Have no Voice on Matters Concerning Themselves

Fourteen indigenous lands in Brazil had their bounds officially confirmed on October 27, totaling ...

Brazil’s Playgirls

Brazil has no women’s movement to speak of and is not a politically correct ...

For Brazil’s Beef Industry the Worst of Crisis Is Over

Brazilian exports of raw beef are starting to show signs of recovery. Figures supplied ...

Petrobras Biofuel Has Big Plans for Brazil

The Board of Managers at Brazil's Petrobras Biofuel is going to present, during a ...

US and EU Subsidies of US$ 13 Billion Harm Brazil and Developing Nations

The European Union and the United States are illegally subsidizing their production of corn, ...

Brazil’s Latest Bidding to Ensure Oil Self-Sufficiency Through 2015

Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Silas Rondeau, affirmed that the Seventh Round of ...