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Southern Amazon Mosaic facilitates Protected Area management

Posted on 06 September 2011

The mosaic embraces protected areas in the states of Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Rondonia, with a total land surface the size of Ireland. Decisions will be backed by a Council with representatives of governments, social movements and traditional communities.
The mosaic embraces protected areas in the states of Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Rondonia, with a total land surface the size of Ireland. Decisions will be backed by a Council with representatives of governments, social movements and traditional communities.

On August 25, Brazilian Minister of the Environment Izabella Teixeira signed the official document of recognition of the Southern Amazon Mosaic. The mosaic is made up of 40 neighbouring protected areas in the states of Rondonia, Mato Grosso and Amazonas (see map), with a total land area of 7 million hectares, similar to the size of Ireland. It will function as a tool fostering the consolidation of protected area management in a bid to improve the conservation of ecosystems, biodiversity and the living conditions of local populations.

Mauro Armelin, coordinator of WWF-Brazil's Amazon Programme, is convinced that the Mosaic marks the institution of a new management model, based on a broader more systemic vision that embraces the region as a whole. "This instrument has tremendous potential for optimizing resources and creating shared and participative decision making processes, all contributing to managing the whole regional landscape in an integrated manner", he explained succinctly.

One important aspect to ensure that mosaic management is participative is the creation of a consultative council made up of protected area managers, and representatives of the respective state governments, non-governmental organisations working in the in the socio-environmental sector, local social movements and businesses and regional indigenous populations. The council will propose directives governing land use and settlement, access, surveillance and inspection, scientific research, and the use of Natural resources in the protected areas composing the mosaic.

WWF-Brazil gave important direct support to the studies that provided the input for the creation of the mosaic and it also organised many meetings and workshops among the communities in the region. Another action was the promotion of a side event at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-10) that took place in Japan in October 2010. The event sought to call attention to the area's socio-environmental importance and generate support for the mosaic initiative.

The protected areas that make up the Southern Amazon Mosaic are as follows: the Jatuarana National Forest, the Sucunduri State Poark, the Guariba State Park, the Bararati Sustainable Development Reserve, the Aripuanã Sustainable Development Reserve, the Guariba , the Manicoré State Forest, the Aripuanã State Forest, the Sucunduri State Forest and the Apuí State Forest, all in the state of Amazonas; the Jaru Biological Reserve, the Igarapés do Juruena State Park, the Tucumã State Park, the Apiacás Ecological Resaerve, the Rio Madeirinha Ecological Station, the Rio Roosevelt Ecological Station and the Guariba-Roosevelt in the State of Rondonia; the Roxinho Extractive Reserve, the Seringueiras Extractive Reserve, the Garrote Extractive Reserve, the Mogno Extractive Reserve, the Piquiá Extractive Reserve, the Angelim, the Itaúba Extractive Reserve, the Ipê Extractive Reserve, the Jatobá Extractive Reserve, the Massaranduba Extractive Reserve, the Maracatiara Extractive Reserve, the Sucupira Extractive Reserve, the Castanheira Extractive Reserve, the Aquariquara Extractive Reserve, the Freijó Extractive Reserve, the Rio Preto-Jacundá Extractive Reserve, the Cedro Sustainable Income State Forest, the Mutum Sustainable Income State Forest, the Gavião Sustainable Income State Forest, the Araras Sustainable Income State Forest and the Tucano Sustainable Income State Forest in the state of Rondonia, as well as the Juruena National Park (Mato Goross and Amazonas) and the Campos Amazonicos National Park (Rondonia, Amazonas and Mato Grosso).

The Decree determining official recognition of the Southern Amazon Mosaic was published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Union.
Jurena National Park is part of the Southern Amazon Mosaic.
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