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Support for Protected Areas in Amazonia (ARPA)

As of: October 2021

Brazil was supported in this effort by, among others, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the German government within the context of the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) programme. The goal of the programme was to designate as conservation zone and to maintain over the long term areas covering 60 million ha in Amazonia. In this endeavour, ARPA promoted the designation of new areas, the establishment and management of sites, and cooperation with the local population by providing infrastructure and equipment as well as advice and training. Funding from the International Climate Initiative complemented ARPA. The project particularly focused on promoting extractive reserves, in which sustainable resource use by traditional population groups (e.g. rubber tappers and Brazil nut gatherers) was permitted.
Joint project
Support for Protected Areas in Amazonia (ARPA)

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • 28 new protected areas have been demarcated, covering approximately 8.9 million hectares of land
  • Infrastructure has been provided, including administrative buildings and checkpoints , and operating equipment has been procured
  • Studies and documents have been developed regarding the designation of two new protected areas in the state of Acre
  • Training activities have been conducted for more than 100 staff members of protected area administrative bodies
  • Quality management systems have been introduced into protected areas
  • Participatory bodies for protected areas have been established and provided with advisory support
  • The drafting of management plans for protected areas has been supported
  • Market access for non-timber products like rubber, Brazil nuts and tree oils has been improved, for example as a result of local authorities buying these products for school lunches, offering courses on how to establish independent livelihoods and cooperatives, and the creation of a producer cooperative

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil

Implementing partner(s):
  • Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO)
  • Brazilian Institute for Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation - Brazil

BMU grant:
1.167.681,96 €

11/2008  till  01/2010


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