Established in 2012 by a coalition of 150 indigenous groups, TNC and
many important governmental and non-governmental institutions, PNGATI is
a keystone for strengthening indigenous-led conservation, natural
resource management and environmental restoration in Brazil. It also
officially recognizes Indigenous Territorial & Environmental
Management Plans (PGTAs).
For example, at the end of the seminar I had the opportunity to travel to Mato Grosso state, where TNC and a local indigenista partner Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN), which is dedicated to supporting indigenous leadership and well-being in the region, are partnering with the Paresi people to develop their PGTA. The Paresi’s PGTA will embody an integrated approach to managing and advancing their impressive diversity of sustainable development projects, including agriculture, fisheries and a fast-growing tourism business.
The Paresi’s territories are nestled entirely within the official boundaries of the Amazon but embody a diversity of ecosystems, with the transition from rainforest to savanna apparent in just a few hours’ drive south along their territory. The Paresi Waymaré Association generously received and hosted us and OPAN in visiting many of their project sites and speaking with traditional leaders and members of several villages throughout the territory. The association, traditional leadership and community members agree that the PGTA will help advance these initiatives in a way that is aligned with their overall vision.