Participatory conservation along the Juruá River has been successful in transforming the conservation paradigm at both a local and regional scale. By aligning biodiversity protection and social needs, conservation initiatives have begun to be better understood in the local communities, and started to become a new way of life.

Our Education and Training program is based on two pillars: the creation of conservation empathy and a strong local engagement.

To achieve this, we work with local leaders and teachers, who act as multipliers, disseminating positive stories and creating hope and optimism.

This strategy maximizes the learning process and communication efficiency, improves knowledge exchange, and helps to change attitudes around natural resource use, promoting conservation-friendly behaviour.

The Education and Training program offers courses and training both to strengthen local associations and to support local educators in environmental education, biodiversity monitoring and scientific education practices.

Courses offered

– Project development

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, Instituto Juruá has offered remote training through video classes and virtual meetings. This course presents participants from local associations with a way to improve the writing of fundraising proposals for their planned projects. Read more >>

– Socio-environmental Educommunication practices applied to the promotion of sustainable development in Amazonia

Delivered remotely in partnership with Embrapa Rondônia and Embrapa Amazônia Occidental, this course introduced different ‘educommunication’ tools to help communicators of the Médio Juruá associations to produce information and disseminate their activities and projects. Read more >>

– Workshop of Arapaima Counting for Women

Instituto Juruá, in partnership with Associação das Mulheres Agroextrativistas do Médio Juruá (ASMAMJ), carried out the I Workshop of Arapaima Counting Only for Mid-Juruá Women. There were 41 women from 11 different communities trained in counting pirarucu, a stage that precedes fishing and that was dominated only by men before. The counting workshop was a demand from the women of Mid-Juruá, who now count on this additional form of income generation and participation in the community management of the pirarucu. Read more >>

– Workshop of Artistic Photography

The workshop took place in the Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve, and its proposal was to enable the 21 students to present their reality through the art of photography. During the workshop some basic notions of light, framing and composition were presented, so the students could photograph objects and people using their own cell phones. The photos were evaluated by photographers and some were selected and awarded.

Scientists of the Forest Program

The Scientists of the Forest Program aims to motivate and support the training of scientists in the region where Instituto Juruá operates, delivering scientific literacy courses and scientific events, as well as opportunities for local residents to have hands-on experience in science.

In the first year of the program, a Field Course in Conservation Biology was held in the Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve. In this course, 20 high school students were able to learn in practice all the steps of the scientific method through an active methodology approach in which they developed their own research projects and presented their results in a scientific congress format. Read more >>

Another activity within this program was the participation of eight young residents from the RESEX Médio Juruá and RDS Uacari in a scientific research project conducted by João Vitor Campo-Silva and Ana Carla Rodrigues that investigates variables affecting the success of community-based conservation arrangements. These young people assisted in conducting interviews with local residents that address the economic, social, and psychological aspects related to personal motivation for engagement in sustainable natural resource management models.