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Brazil Environment Partners Meeting October 2005

by Carney, Karen — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
USAID/Brazil Environment Partners meet in Rio Branco to discuss access to markets and sustainable forestry practices.
A report back from Karen Carney of USAID/Washington Forest Team who attended the annual meeting of the Brazil Mission's Environment Program Annual Partners meeting, Oct 3-6th in Rio Branco. Each year, the NGOs that USAID works with in-country get together to tell one another and USAID what they’ve accomplished and what they plan to do in the future. Karen presented a talk on behalf of the USAID/Washington-based Forest Team about new aspects of the structure and function of the iNRM portal, a web-based tool meant to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas across groups working on natural resource management issues. Many partners at the meeting liked the increased simplicity of the portal and some unfamiliar with the portal seemed eager to learn how it might help them do their work. Some were less sure about which aspects of the portal could actually be helpful, and thought it would be a good time to discuss the future of the portal for their organizations. The main aim of the meeting itself was to discuss the work of environment partners, particularly as it related to attempts to link communities to markets as a tool to promote sustainable forestry practices. Many talks and projects talked about the importance of certified markets, and the higher premiums they offer, to providing economic incentives to adopt sustainable practices. A field visit to a community-based sustainable forestry management project in Puerto Dias illuminated the high amount of technical assistance needed to get the project up and running as well as the how critical it was to incorporate non-timber forest products to make the project profitable.
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