Governance and monitoring of territories affected by large enterprises in the Amazon

Governance and monitoring of territories affected by large enterprises in the Amazon

Exchange of experiences
Period: 2018 - 2025
Financing: Mott Foundation

Conducted by the FGVces Local Development Program with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the project "Governance and monitoring of territories affected by large projects in the Amazon" aims to strengthen territorial governance and promote the exchange of experiences between territories affected by infrastructure in the Amazon. 

The project's strategy is to support the construction of research networks between universities, in addition to strengthening integration between civil society organizations. Emphasis is placed on strengthening strategies for territorial monitoring of impacts, pressures and threats on traditional territories, as well as on understanding the theme of monitoring intangible assets and impacts, and non-monetary valuation of socio-environmental damage in territories. 

As an important result of the project, the Independent Territorial Monitoring Network (MTI Network) has been under construction since July 2020, coordinated by FGVces, with support from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA). Currently, the MTI Network brings together about 50 civil society institutions. And research institutions, which share experiences, challenges and action strategies. 

The MTI Network aims to strengthen independent monitoring capacities in Amazonian territories. Understanding monitoring as a strategy for the defense of territories, the partners in this project are betting on the approximation and exchange of experiences and methodologies between monitoring communities, as a way to expand their capacity to monitor, enhance the use of the information generated and stress the influence of this information on the decision-making processes and accountability of actors in the contexts of conflicts and pressures.  

The Network has the potential to identify demands, as well as to increase the visibility and use of information produced by communities, in addition to the systematization of collective knowledge. The Network is also a space for the collective elaboration of understandings on ways to build socio-environmental and epistemic justice, and for the construction of recommendations on the protection of territories and rights in the Amazon.

Activities Cycle IV – 2023 – 2025

Unfolding the debates on Climate Justice, the fourth cycle of actions of the project focuses on strengthening the climate advocacy strategies of organizations, as well as qualifying the debate on decarbonization of infrastructure in the Amazon. In particular, from the analysis of public financing policies for infrastructure, recommendations will be built for the State and financing agents, highlighting and warning about the associated socio-environmental impacts and risks.

Activities Cycle III – 2022 – 2023

With the MTI Network institutionalized and with the increase in the capillarity of its actions, the project seeks to strengthen organizations and expand independent monitoring capacities in Amazonian territories. The actions also aim to qualify and deepen the debate on the socio-environmental risks associated with infrastructure in the Amazon, joint advocacy strategies for the protection of rights, focusing on State action, business practices and investors.

Activities Cycle II – 2020-2021

Articulation for the construction of an Independent Territorial Monitoring Network, with support from UFPA (Altamira campus) and UFOPA (Santarém campus), as well as civil society organizations, around the exchange of experiences on monitoring methodologies and learning from monitoring communities in Amazonian territories, with emphasis on experiences carried out in the Xingu and Tapajós.

Activities Cycle I – 2018-2019

Analysis of the governance structure for promoting development in the territories, especially on the organization and operation of the Xingu Sustainable Regional Development Plan (PDRSX), governance aimed at the development of territories in the area of influence of the Belo Monte HPP.

Transfer of the Belo Monte Indicators monitoring platform and methodology to the "Xingu Training and Information Center" of UFPA (Altamira campus).

Publications and Reports


Financial Institutions and Socio-environmental Risk Management in Large Logistics and Transportation Projects: The Case of Ferrogrão (EF-170)

The Technical Note presents an analysis of the socio-environmental risks of Ferrogrão (EF-170), a railroad project proposed to consolidate an export corridor for soybeans and other agribusiness grains between northern Mato Grosso and the Tapajós River in the Amazon basin. north of Mato Grosso and the Tapajós River, in the Amazon basin, and suggests recommendations for the adequacy of safeguards for potential financiers and investors.

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Independent territorial monitoring in the Amazon: reflections on strategies and results

This publication deals with independent territorial monitoring in different Amazonian territories, based on case studies and essays on the subject. In the first part of the book, discussions focus on monitoring impacts and pressures on territories, such as large infrastructure and development projects, but also the case of Covid-19. In the second part of the book, monitoring cases on conservation, management and use of biodiversity and natural resources are presented and discussed.

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What does the implementation of the Xingu Regional Sustainable Development Plan teach us?

Reflections on the advances, challenges, limits and possible paths to be traced for the governance of territories that receive major works, through the case study of the Xingu Regional Sustainable Development Plan (PDRSX).

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  • Instituto de Ciências da Sociedade/Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará (UFOPA)
  • Laboratório de Estudos das Dinâmicas Territoriais na Amazônia/Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA)

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