Selo dos Origens Xingu
About the Implementing organization
Name: Associação Terra Indígena Xingu – ATIX
Year of establishment: 1995
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization
Based on the experiences gathered by ATIX in the field and the need to promote their products in local, national and international markets collaboration was started with the Brazilian certification institution IMAFLORA in 2014. The work implied the development of a system that would introduce new use of technologies (web platforms, smartphones, etc.) enhancing producers control over the production chains, monitor risks and socio-environmental indicators, as well as making it possible for them to upload data of interest for the consumers (name, indigenous group, location, way of life and production).
Forests / Rivers
Type of Action
Protection / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Climate action
Local sustainable development is central to lasting rainforest protection. Where such areas are home to a forest people, they should have their rights to the forest resources. ATIX has worked systematically for such rights to be recognised in legislation and in practice in Brazil. The next step was to develop and implement a local sustainable management plan, concluded in 2016. Today, the establishment of indigenous territories and other conservation units in the Xingu River Basin sums up to an astonishing 280 000 km2 corridor of protected forest comparable to Italy. The management structure of the seal Selo dos Origins Xingu is an integrated approach to forest protection that contributes to solving one of the greatest challenges in the management of conservation units – the interaction between local population, the federal government and private actors at various levels.
Sustainable Development Impacts
Collective efforts in the gathering and commercialization of the products have already improved the income earned by local communities. Brazil's commitments to emission reduction depend to a large degree on preserving the Amazon. Due the significant rise in annual deforestation rate Brazil's ability to reach their climate targets is being questioned. A study 2014 puts Brazil among the top 5 countries with major contribution to already observed global warming, mainly due the destruction of its forests. One of the main strategies used by recent Brazilian governments to reduce deforestation was to increase protected areas including the recognition of indigenous territories. This strategy has been abandoned, but initiatives are being taken to support the sustainable development of territories already recognized. With the reversal of climate-friendly policies that currently takes place in Brazil, it is more important than ever to advocate for best practices such as those developed by ATIX
Local communities collecting and producing forest products within at least 20 indigenous territories and three conservation units in the Xingu River Basin will benefit from this certification structure. Several products are already being manufactured; being the most advanced the collecting and processing of honing in the Indigenous Territory Xingu
ATIX works with a broad partner structure that includes other indigenous associations but also a range of private and NGO organizations. Good sustainable management examples developed by ATIX and its partners, have already been replicated in other conservation units. One example of this is the Seed Network, where indigenous woman collect primary forest seeds that are later on sold to neighboring farms for reforestation purposes. A similar network is being stablished by river dwellers in the norther part of the Xingu Basin and in the Rio Negro Basin. The aim of the Selo dos Origens is to become a Amazonian initiative not only for the Xingu peoples, and it will be replicated in other River Basins in the Brazilian Amazon.
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