Since 2001, Arysta LifeScience Brazil (then Hokko) has supported the efforts of the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari, which was formally established as an NGO in 2007 to preserve and promote sustainable social and environmental development in the Javari River Valley region of Brazil.
Now Arysta LifeScience is hoping other organizations will take notice of accomplishments to date and step forward to help the Javari Institute continue to protect one of the last remaining areas of untouched Amazon forest.
The Javari River Valley, on Brazil’s border with Peru, is an exceptionally rich area of rainforest abounding with wildlife. It is the gateway to the upper reaches of the Amazon basin and includes all three major Amazon forest eco-systems and many different types of bodies of water. In recent years, however, hunting, logging and over-fishing have eroded the forest. The Javari Institute promotes sustainable development of the area, to ensure the conservation of the forest for future generations.
Since becoming an NGO, the Javari Institute has made great strides to preserve natural resources and the harmonious coexistence with riverside communities:
2008: Construction/renovation of five schools in riverside communities, affecting the lives of about 500 individuals; installation of artesian well in a riverside community;
2009: OSCIP certification granted by the Ministry of Justice of Brazil and certification of CAF, global non-profit organization that has existed for more than 80 years and acts as an intermediary between donors and institutions that implement social projects;
2010: Construction of school in the indigenous community of Kanamari , which is isolated in the far west of the Amazon rainforest and whose distance from the nearest city is seven days of travel by river Itaquaí;
2011: Partnership with the NGO Health Unlimited for diagnosis of the health situation of riverside communities, where the infant mortality rate for hepatitis and diarrhea is alarming. The HDI (Human Development Index, measured by the United Nations) of the Javari Valley region is 0.45, similar to that of underdeveloped African countries such as Zimbabwe and Rwanda; 2012: Project in partnership with the Italian NGO Hermanos Onlus for the supply and installation of water filters (to raise intake of drinking water in order to reduce cases of hepatitis) and mosquito nets to help reduce the incidence of malaria, transmitted by mosquito bites, in this region of the country where there is the highest rate of occurrence.
“We are very proud to be part of the Javari Institute’s efforts to protect the environment and improve quality of life in local riversides communities,” said Flavio E. Prezzi, President of the Javari Institute and CEO of Arysta LifeScience LatAm. “We hope that other companies and individuals will join us to support the institute, so we can do even more.”
For more information or to get involved with the Javari Institute, visit http://www.institutojavari.org/.