Current activities - organizations, projects...

Probably there are more social and environmental initiatives in the Brazilian state of Acre than in any other area of the Amazon. The development of the grassroots movements in Acre can be seen as an example for other regions. The organizations of the church played an important part in the emerging of the seringueiro’s unions and the fight for the Indian rights.
Also the work of the non-governmental organizations - NGOs - especially in the time of the military dictatorship from 1964 to 1982 was fundamental.
Besides the efforts in the areas of preservation, health, education, etc. the demarcation and regularization of indigenous land is essential. By this time the results of this work are threatened by the decree 1775 that was issued in Brazil in 1996 and allows former invaders of Indian territory to complain at the legal authorities and cancel existing demarcations.

The following 6 lists are designed to give a short overview over the social and environmental movement in Acre. The lists aren’t complete. The order of the organizations in the lists is alphabetical.

  1. Organizations of the inhabitants of the forest
  2. Cooperatives
  3. Supporting Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  4. Governmental Organizations
  5. Current projects
  6. Conservation areas

For more information about some of the listed entities see also the links to other Web sites.

1) Organization of the inhabitants of the forest
Conselho Nacional de Seringueiros (=National Counsel of the Seringueiros)- CNS Representation of the specific interests of the seringueiros and other extraction workers and "Ribeirinhos" (=dwellers of the river banks) of the Amazon; conservation especially in the area of the Amazon , defending a policy to promote the rubber and other extraction products of the Amazon, that meets the interests of the seringueiros and other extraction workers, etc. e-mail:
Fax: 55 (0)68 223 2626
Phone: 55 (0)68 224 9645
Organização dos Povos Indígenas de Tarauacá e Jordão (=Organization of the indigenous peoples from Tarauacá and Jordão) - OPITARJ Defense of the rights and interests of the indigenous peoples of the municipalities of Tarauacá and Jordão, economical autonomy of the villages, conservation of the traditional knowledge. Website:
Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 462 1361
União das Nações Indigenas do Acre e do Sul do Amazônas(=Union of the Indigenous Nations of Acre and the South of the Amazon )- UNI

2) Cooperatives
Cooperativa Agroextrativista Chico Mendes (=Agro-extractivist Cooperative Chico Mendes)
Cooperativa Agroextrativista de Xapuri (=Agro-extractivist Cooperative of Xapuri)- CAEX Purchase, processing and marketing of the agricultural- and extraction products Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 542 2142

3) Supporting Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Centro de Direitos Humanos e Educação Popular do Acre (=Center for Human Rights and Public Education - CDHEP Defense of human rights, defeat of violence against women and violence in the family; urban development in Rio Branco. Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 224 5772
Centro dos Trabalhadores da Amazônia (=Amazonian Workers Center)- CTA Contribute to a consolidation of the extraction reserves as the central concept of a development that is based on a sustainable use of the forest. Multiple-use forest management, education and medical care for the extraction communities, Headquarters of GTA in Acre. e-mail:
Fax: 55 (0)68 223 18 49
Phone: 55 (0)68 223 27 27
Comissão Pastoral da Terra (=Pastoral Land-Comission)- CPT A Christian Service to help the small farmers and farm workers of Brazil. The starting point of their work is the experience of the lives of the small farmers and farm workers, their culture, their faith and their ability to assume their history. e-mail:
Fax: 55 (0)62 225 4967
Phone: 55 (0)62 224 4436
Comissão Pro-Índio (=Pro-Indian Commission )- CPI Indigenous human resources: education, medical care, environment. e-mail:
Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 224 1426
Conselho Indigenista Missionário(=Indigenous Missionary counsel)- CIMI Indigenous school education, production of didactic material, training of bilingual indigenous teachers; subject areas: land, economical autonomy, training, indigenous movement, alliances, inter-religious dialog and cultural activities. Fax: 55 (0)68 225 7579
Phone: 55 (0)68 225 7495
Grupo de Extensão em Sistemas Agroflorestais do Acre (=Group for Development of Agricultural and Forestry systems )- PESACRE Diversification of the production of the seringueiros, settlers and Indians, training of technicians for the spreading of techniques for processing, marketing. e-mail:
Fax: 55 (0)68- 223 1724
Phone: 55 (0)68- 223 3773
Grupo de Trabalho da Amazônia (=Labor Group of the Amazon)- GTA Network of 350 social and environmental organizations in the Brazilian Amazon for the exchange of information and articulation of the interests of the civil population (especially in connection with the PP-G7 project), headquarters in Acre: CTA e-mail:
Phone/Fax: 061 323 17 39
Rede Acreana de Mulheres e Homens (=Acrean Network of Women and Men) Women and men's network that has contributed since 1988 to the design of new social relations and relations between the sexes in the Brazilian Amazon through public education. Aims: accompany, form, support, articulate and defend women's rights in urban and rural spheres. e-mail:
Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 224 8607
SOS Amazônia Forest management in the National Park Serra do Divisor, environmental education, control of slash-burning, waste separation. e-mail:
Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 223 1036

4) Governmental organizations
Fundação de Tecnologias do Acre (=Technological Foundation of Acre)- FUNTAC Remote sensory, research and development of technologies. Phone: 55 (0)68 229 2304
Fundação Nacional do Índio (=National Indian's foundation)- FUNAI Public authority for coordination of the ecological and economical development in the Indian territories, legal recognition and protection of about 120 areas.
Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (=Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) -IBAMA IBAMA executes the national environment policies. For Web site and e-mail of this organization, see links to other Web sites
Insituto de Meio Ambiente do Acre (=Environment-Institute of Acre)- IMAC) Conservation of the environment and reasonable use of the natural resources, research, establishment of standards for environmental control. Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 224 5694
Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária(=National Institute for Settlement and Agrarian Reform.)- INCRA The agrarian reform should promote a better distribution of land through modifications of the regulation of possession and use, to meet the principles of social justice and increasing productivity. INCRA mainly promotes Settlement projects for farm worker families in areas that were dispossessed by the government. For Web site and e-mail of this Organization, see links to other Web sites

5) Current projects
Pilot Program to Conserve the Brazilian Rain Forest - PP-G7 Activities in the fields of: management of natural resources; establishment of conservation units (forest protection zones), of national forests and of extractive reserves; Demarcation of indigenous territories; institutional promotion and support for demonstration projects at grassroot level; accompanied by: GTA,financed by the 7 richest countries of the world with 250 million dollars for 5 years since1995. For Web site and e-mail of this Organization see links to other Web sites
ANTIMARI Project Project for multiple use forest management with focus on tropical timber in the conservation area "Floresta Estadual de Antimari". Execution: FUNTAC, Financing: International Tropical Timber Organization-ITTO
AQUIRI Project Institutional reinforcement and creation of a cadre of the NGOs in Acre. Foundation of counsels and municipal forums. Support: UNICEF e-mail:
Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 223 3373
Projeto: ILHAS DE ALTA PRODUTIVIDADE - (=Islands of High Productivity) Rationalization of the rubber-production in Extractive Reserves Parque zoobotânico da UFAC - Federal University of Acre: Research about implantation of agro- forestry systems with the rubber-tree as main species. Three lines of investigation: plant-pathology, genetics, economy. Development of alternative technologies of SAFs (agro- forestry systems). e-mail: Phone/fax: 55 (0) 68 - 229 2168 or 229 1642
See also the article about the project in this Website.
Projeto para Conservação do Parque Nacional da Serra do Divisor (=Project for Conservation of the National Park Serra do Divisor) Forest management. Execution: SOS Amazônia and IBAMA; Support: The Nature Conservancy, USAID e-mail:
Phone/Fax: 55 (0)68 223 1036

6) Conservation areas
Ecological station Rio Acre
State Forest Antimari 165,420 acres
National Forest Macauan 433,687 acres
National Park Serra do Divisor 2,107,500 acres
Extraction Reserve Chico Mendes 2,441,425 acres
Extraction Reserve Alto Juruá 1,265,465 acres
Extraction Reserve Cachoeira 60,245 acres
Extraction ReservePorto Dias 55,362 acres
Extraction Reserve Figueira 64,932 acres
Extraction Reserve Macauã 257,765 acres
Extraction Reserve Remanso 108,755 acres
Extraction Reserve Riozinho 89,740 acres
Extraction Reserve Santa Quiteira 108,117 acres

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