Eletrobras Eletronorte develops, in a partnership with Funai, the Waimiri Atroari program, in Amazonas, and the Assurini and Parakanã programs, in Pará, along with environmental protection actions in the indigenous land of São Marcos, in Roraima. The Waimiri Atroari,Assurini and Parakanã programs resulted from the need to minimize and compensate impacts caused by the construction of the Balbina and Tucuruí hydroelectric plants, in the livelihood of these communities. The basic principle of these programs is the cultural rescue and improvement of the living conditions of these indigenous peoples through actions in the areas of health, food safety, education and infrastructure.
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Social and Environmental Action Program (PAS)
Created in 2008, this is a shared environmental management process designed by Eletrobras Chesf and created with the communities of the municipalities that are part of the Paulo Afonso Hydroelectric Complex. It seeks to create an environmental management process in spaces built for the introduction of hydroelectric ventures th at is able to minimize and compensate negative impacts and optimize positive impacts. From 2016 onward, the program has also been developed with the communities surrounding the Xingó hydroelectric plant.
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In 2021, the Eletrobras Group published its first Socioenvironmental Projects Bid Ten projects were selected from among the 180 applications. These projects seek to create socioeconomic value for the communities while simultaneously preserving and recovering the biodiversity and the water resources around our generation and transmission ventures, and other important areas that contribute to the river basins where the company is present. These projects will also help us achieve our SDGs. This is one more way Eletrobras stresses that it recognizes the strategic role biodiversity plays in its business, seeking to expand its actions to create positive impact. Projects are monitored by regularly measuring indicators and issuing reports. Of the ten projects selected by the companies, two will be supported directly by the Eletrobras holding company starting in 2022. Learn more about them:
Formiga Verde: Community Base Environmental Education Program
Developed by Instituto Permacultura Lab, the project combines environmental conservation and promoting positive social impact for Morro da Formiga in the Zona Norte of Rio de Janeiro, with a Community Based Environmental Education Program. This program trains and creates awareness of local socioenvironmental problems and possible ecological solutions among children, youth, and adults. This project combines agroecology, permaculture, biodiversity conservation, and maximizing ecosystem services with environmental education and reforestation in the area between the community and the Tijuca National Park using agroforestry systems. This should directly benefit some one thousand Morro da Formiga inhabitants directly, and more than 2,500 indirectly, which includes family members and the members of partner institutions.
Developed by Cooperativa Mista de Produção, Industrialização e Comercialização de Biocombustíveis do Brasil Ltda (Cooperbio), the Project will take place in the town of Seberi, in the Atlantic Forest in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The first version of this project became one of the most important environmental references in the state, including productively reconverting degraded areas by planting 379 agroforests using over 200,000 native tree saplings, and a broad environmental education effort for over 4 thousand people. This project helped increase the vegetation and biodiversity of the region, and influenced in the development of state socioenvironmental policies. The Alimergia Continuidade project plans to continue the actions irradiated by the Territorial Center for Cooperation in Environmental Education, combining the recovery of degraded forest areas with native species, increasing biodiversity and ecosystem services, and promoting low-carbon farming, cattle-raising, and forestry activities. This project will prioritize family farmers with farms of up to four fiscal modules and who have a Pronaf Statement of Aptitude, who will benefit in terms of income and quality of life. We will also restore 20 hectares of degraded area, helping conserve biodiversity and absorb carbon. This project should benefit some 900 people directly, and over 1,200 indirectly, including family members and the population in the surrounding area.