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The National Forest of Purus & Mapiá-Inauiní

The National Forest of Purus and the National Forest of Mapiá- Inauiní were created in jungle 6th , 1988 and August 14th, 1989 respectively. Both contiguous-forests occupy an area of approximately 560.000 hectares to be preserved as National Environmental protected areas. At that time the agreement between the IBAMA ( Governmental Environment Agency) and the AMVCM ( Association of the village Céu do Mapiá ) was celebrated. The agreement established the responsibility and management of AMVCM over both National Forests. The aims of AMVCM is to protect and its eco-systems and develop sustainable production activities of the natural renewed resources in order to guarantee a better for its people.

Few years later, The IBAMA wrote an official report, mentioning that only 0,066% of the area was deforested, though most of its opening areas were in sites already cleared before the settlement of the people of Céu do Mapiá.

As it proved that AMVCM was able to practice a sustainable management of the forest and watch over its conservation, The village Céu do Mapiá extend its community experiences to other areas of the forest. Each area was choose following its economical endowment. They are:

Farm of São Sebastião: located next to the mouth of Mapiá river stream with the Purus river, the farm has 70 inhabitants and its main economical activity is based on reforestation of oil producing species such as Copaíba trees and Pupunha palm-trees, local agriculture, tropical fruits and a primitive industrial productions of Brazilian nuts, dry bananas and banana flour. The dry bananas have been sold to local and others markets in the South of Brazil.

The Community of Gregório de Melo: Situated on the fertile banks of the Purus river, the community has 75 inhabitants engaged on the agriculture of the lowland at the margin of the river. The community produces vegetables and grains and also many different types of tropical fruits.

The Community of Trono do Sol: Located in the margins of the Inuriã river stream, located at the extremely north area of the National Forest of Mapiá-Inauní, 140 Km away from the Purus river. It is the most fertile land of the National forest. Very rich in rubber trees and Brazilian nut trees and many other extractive products with commercial values. Trono do Sol is an area of abundant fauna such as "tracajás" (a are rare species of fresh water turtle). "peixe-boi", and many other species of birds in process of extinction. This area is reserved mainly for extractive activities and conservation.

The Community of Cachoeira: Located on the banks of the river stream of Mapiá, two hours away from the village, the community pretend to establish: a) a self-sustainable nucleus in terms of housing, food supply, energy and economical basis, using technologies and methods aimed specifically towards a full adaptations of the Amazonian environment; b) Creation of an Institute of Research and Forestalls Extension; c) Setting up a nursery, consisting of a seeding bank at tropical natives trees.

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