In the far north of Brazil lies a remote archipelago created right next to the mouth of the Amazon River, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Brazilian state of Amapà: the Bailique Archipelago. Made up of 8 islands, it hosts a population of about 13,000 people who have always lived in perfect balance with the forest, the river environment and the surrounding habitat.
But the balance between these communities and the environment, where small-scale fishing and the cultivation, harvesting and sustainable management of the “açaí palm” are the main sources of income, has been deeply shaken by the progressive erosion of the land and the fires that have been ravaging the Amazonian forest in recent years to make room for soybeans, intensive crops but above all grazing land. We already know it: the impact of our choices and eating habits creates devastating effects on ecosystems on the other side of the planet, on the economy and on the life of the communities that live there. Climate change, rising water levels and increasingly frequent extreme events contribute to aggravate the situation.
Our project contribution to this area is very clear: we support people who protect the forest and help the population who value products such as the açaí palm, an indigenous species that must be preserved, protected because it helps maintain biodiversity, creates jobs and helps maintain the balance between man and nature. The forests in which the açaí palm grows are 100% FSC® certified, an absolute guarantee of quality, sustainability and respect for the strictest parameters that only forests that earn this label can boast. All the certifications are focused on 132 AmazonBai producers, representing 3464,58 FSC® certified areas in two territories: Bailique and Beira Amazonas.
For the local community, the açaí plant is more than a fruit, it is a metaphor for an enormous social, environmental and economic mobilization shared by the traditional communities of the Bailique Archipelago and which, to the extent of the project we are carrying out with them, is also shared by us.
This is a FSC®certified area: FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.