The State of Amazonas has started developing environmental services programs including the conservation program Bolsa Floresta and the biodiversity program Probuc. Since May 2012, Amazonas has been participating in the REDD+ SES Initiative to address social and environmental safeguards in its environmental services programs.
The use of REDD+ SES in Amazonas is facilitated by the State Center for Climate Change (CELCLIMA) and the NGO Fundação Vitória Amazonia (FVA).
A first workshop on social and environmental safeguards was held in November 21-21, 2012 with representatives of Indigenous Peoples, civil society, local government, farmers of the State of Amazonas. Members of the REDD+ SES facilitation of the State of Acre also participated in the workshop to share their experience of using REDD+ SES. The workshop not only provided the opportunity to exchange and learn about experiences but also to engage stakeholders that not have been involved so far. The workshop report is available here.
In 2013, the facilitation team developed capacity building materials to raise awareness of stakeholders on climate change, environmental services and safeguards. A series of factsheets on climate change
, environmental services
, protected areas
, sustainable productive activities
and the role of civil society
were developed and used during meetings with stakeholders of the Amazon Climate Change Forum (Fórum Amazonense de Mudanças Climáticas) and the State Council for Sustainable Development of Traditional Communities and Peoples (Conselho Estadual de Desenvolvimento Sustentável dos Povos e Comunidades Tradicionais). In addition, two videos that introduce REDD+ and safeguards to stakeholders were elaborated.
In 2014, the facilitation team prepared additional materials related to environmental services, REDD+ safeguards and REDD+ SES including factsheets and power point presentations for further information dissemination with stakeholders. These materials were used during capacity building meetings with the Amazon Climate Change Forum in October 2014 and the State Council for Sustainable Development of Traditional Communities and Peoples in November 2014.
In addition, an exchange of experiences was organized between Amazonas and Mato Grosso in November 2014. The facilitation team from Amazonas visited Mato Grosso to exchange experiences and learn from their process of developing a SIS.