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Program Direct action

The climate change is also an opportunity to invest in productive sustainable projects, which benefits are distributed equitably between local and foreign associates. The inhabitants of the rainforest in Latin America know about the value that the timberland resources of the ecosystem have, it is practically impossible to impose an entire preservation of the forest on them while they observe that who have invested money to extract the resources of the forest without taking in all that the necessary measures for its preservation to future. Also it is true that many settlers have no areas or are not provided with the investment to create a sustainable project. The balance between the sustainable production and the conservation is a complex question, there exist many particular situations that must be put in analysis before carrying out an investment that preserves the forest and distributes benefits of an equitable way while the habitat is preserved.

We propose to put in communication the local associates in charge of the direct action with the foreign investors who know how to act in favor of the regeneration and the conservation of the forests in Latin America. Our program contemplates the identification of appropriate areas where it is feasible to restore the ecosystem and to combine its conservation with the introduction of productive activities that generate worthy and equitable economic income for those who take part from inside and from the outside of the forest.

We know that it is a program that implies bearing in mind diverse risks, almost all linked to the excessive ambition, the greed or the share-out of resources without assuming clear responsibilities. Diverse similar experiences exist in Latin America that have failed for not bearing in mind the peculiarities of every case, the basic question consists of knowing: how to create an equitable association for the implied parts and at the same time respectful of the ecosystem?

Our task consists of identifying areas that were a forest and that can be regenerated, as well as to the local settlers who have no land and don’t how to do sustainable entrepreneurship. On the other hand, we look for the possible foreign investors who must have the essential characteristic of loving the rainforest, being able to wait for the process and not expect an immediate profit. A project of this type takes time and a lot of effort. The successful experiences that we know in the world have taken more than 15 years and there have passed for diverse stages of learning, trial, error, setting of lessons learnt and evidence, in addition to develop an organization based on shared ethics.

A basic model of this program consists on the following:

  • An area is identified with potential to be regenerated, they look principally for areas that earlier they lodged the rainforest and now they are assigned to agricultural use.
  • A study of the soil is realized to determine the potential of the regeneration and the productive activities.
  • A project is prepared of short, medium and long term to create units of use and conservation of the rainforest based on the basis of the permaculture.
  • Buying the area (the area will always be property and guarantee of the investment associate, who might put on sale every 5 years revaluated, and can only sell it to local associates or to new associate to continue the project).
  • It will be determined which are the best for cultivation and plantations for every area and the distribution of productive activities, between which there will always be a forest plantation sustainable, other activities can be: plantation of bamboo, medicinal plants, aromatic plants and species, flowers and some project of ecotourism.
  • There will always be reserved between 30-50 % of the surface exclusively for the conservation of the ecosystem.
  • There will be a projection of an estimated cost of investment that includes reforestation, infrastructure for the plantations, sowings, harvests, taxes and diverse payments.
  • An agreement is done with juridical value between the local and foreign associates on the stretches of responsibility, the period of fulfillment and the share-out of the benefits of mutual agreement and equitability.

For us, making use of the market force is not an end in itself; it is only a strategic measurement for the conservation of the forest, as well as to diminish the pressure on its resources and offer economic wellbeing to its inhabitants.

Initial investment up to the fifth year of operation, when every model of use and conservation of the rainforest must reach its own financial viability, rounds on 200 to 400 thousand dollars. This could change according to the area dimensions, the contributions of the local associates, the type of productive activities and the access to the governmental and international subsidies (environmental services payments, conservation of the biodiversity, carbon reduction, development funds for sustainable agriculture, mainly).

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino