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The Sustainable Use Program, from Humanize Institute, has a diverse action around Brazil, conducting work focused on territorial strengths associated to socioeconomic viability, which points out to efforts aiming at improving quality of life of producers and extractivists, as well as encouraging the establishment of practices that enable a more sustainable development. In this sense, the institution is making increasingly conscious efforts to work with a focus on promoting territorial impact, which goes through compromising in supporting structuring actions of production chains of socio-biodiversity and supporting the renovation agenda.

To advance in this context, Humanize believes it is important to stimulate sustainable techniques and invest in actions such as training of rural producers and artisanal fishers, which reflects on the expansion of access to the market, the fair and inclusive commercialization, and the support to conservation and sustainable use of natural habitats.

In consonance with this belief, program’s performance coincides with the institute’s search to work in a more integrated way with the impact business ecosystem. Regarding bioeconomy products, the institute found that, for the business to scale, there should be investment in structuring the target chain. This includes training producers and extractivists, as well as disseminating best practices, developing local organizations and infrastructure for processing. Humanize also believes that all these elements add greater value to the product, underly traceability, contribute to matters such as source denomination, certification, and economic, social, and environmental sustainability reach.

Also regarding the Sustainable Use Program, in a structuring perspective, it has acted in an increasingly integrated way to the Public Management. Behind that lies the motivation to raise awareness and engage the public sector in face of actions focused on the development and enhancement of policies in favor of matters related to socio-biodiversity chains.

In the same perspective and considering that the time needed to promote key changes in socio-biodiversity chains usually exceed the period determined in a project, the Sustainable Use Program has supported the development of people and organizations to help with mid-term and long-term solutions and ensure continuity in the efforts initiated in the territories.

Get to know the history of projects:

Amazônia 4.0

Co-Financing Partners: Aldo Solar, BID Lab, Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), Instituto Arapyaú, WWF Brasil, Embaixada da Austrália and Good Energies Foundation

Implementing Partner: Imazon

This initiative aims at promoting the appreciation of non-wood production chains of Amazon biodiversity through training of people for a new and inclusive bioeconomy of forest standing, made possible specially by the innovative employment of technological resources. The humanize’s support was destined to structuring the lab “Laboratório Criativo da Amazônia: Cupuaçu-Cacau”.

Project ended in 2022.

Área de Proteção Ambiental da Baía de Paraty, Paraty-Mirim e Saco do Mamanguá (RJ)

Implementing Partner: SOS Mata Atlântica

Institutional support to the APA management to conduct meetings, workshops, and mobilization actions to establish a planning proposal for fishing boats and tourist boats, aiming at its strengthening in challenges related to fishing, nautical tourism, and marine conservation management.

Project ended in 2022.


Implementing Partner: Bee+Hive

The association is composed of companies that meet the requirements and share good sustainability practices in hotel sector. Participation criteria for members involve sustainability, social issues around the hotels, and experiences provided for the guests. In 2020, Humanize supported the organization’s institutional development.

Project ended in 2020.

Beneficiando Pescados e Comunidades: a pesca artesanal como protagonista na alimentação do Paraná

Co-Financing Partners: Ago Social and Fundação Grupo Boticário

Implementing Partner: Olha o Peixe!

‘Olha o Peixe!” aims at making artisanal fishing protagonist in Paraná state’s diet with decent working conditions, training, and proper structure to the sanitary legislation and to the increase in demand of access to new markets. Artisanal fishing in the state is still now in conditions of socioeconomic vulnerability due to, for example, the poor demand in direct sales and thus low financial return.

The project contributes to the local, regional, and federal development, due to its innovative model that unlocks access to the sanitary inspection stamp and to the public purchases. It also contemplates training and development axes for fishing communities and conservation of natural resources.

Bolsas Conservando o Futuro 2019-2020-2021

Partner: FUNBIO

Support to professional training of a new generation of scientists, professors, and decision makers on the theme of society and environment. The program offers financial support to field research for Master and Doctorate students in the following thematic axes: Conservation, management and sustainable use of flora and fauna; territorial management to protect biodiversity; climate change and biodiversity conservation; and recovery of landscapes and degraded areas.

Cacau Floresta

Co-Financing Partners: Partnership for Forests (P4F), Mondelez, Olam, and Extreme E

Implementing Partner: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

The project responds to the challenge of offering alternatives to the economic development of family farmers in the state of Pará, so that they replace the extensive low-technology farming, responsible for significant deforestation in the territory. In this sense, Cacau Floresta aims at expanding the sustainable production of cocoa chain, promoting forest renovation via Agroforestry Systems (SAFs) and structuring seed and seedling chain in the region, where it is now incipient.

Cadeias Produtivas Sustentáveis no Extremo Sul da Bahia

Co-Financing Partners: WRI Norway, Good Energies Foundation and Arboretum

Implementing Partners: WRI Brazil and Arboretum

The project wants to contribute to the increase in cocoa production in extreme South of Bahia and generate jobs and income to rural producers and communities, which happens by implementing Agroforestry Systems (SAFs). The initiative carried out activities aimed at training and technical assistance of farmers. It also worked on structuring the seed and forest seedling chain in the region, as well as promoting social development and environmentally conserving the territory.

Project ended in 2022.

Casa Oceanos

Co-Financing Partner: Oak Foundation

Implementing Partner: Fundo Socioambiental Casa

The project supported the institutional development of organizations based on traditional fishing communities, mainly focusing on conservation of marine coastal ecosystems of Brazilian Northeast. Moreover, the initiative addressed emergency issues, such as the impact of oil leaking in Northeast and route changes caused by the peak of Covid-19 pandemic.

Project ended in 2021.

Centro de Inovação do Cacau

Co-Financing Partners: Instituto Arapyaú, Parque Científico e Tecnológico do Sul da Bahia – PCTSul and Mondelez

Implementing Partner: Parque Científico e Tecnológico do Sul da Bahia – PCTSul

Due to the increasing appreciation of quality Brazilian cocoa in the gourmet chocolate market, the project’s main goal is to implement an inclusion program for small and medium cocoa producers from Bahia in the quality market, adding value and diversifying the production model.

Circuitos Agroecológicos de Comercialização

Co-Financing Partners: Instituto Arapyaú, Instituto Ibirapitanga, Dengo, Porticus, Funbio, Sebrae and Ministério Público do Estado da Bahia

Implementing Partner: Tabôa Fortalecimento Comunitário

The initiative was characterized by the strengthening of agroecological familiar agriculture in South of Bahia, which happened via technical assistance, processing, access to credit and circulation to fill in the markets in the territories of ‘Rede Ecovida’ and ‘Rede Povos da Mata’. It also supports the development of a commercial station in the Metropolitan area of São Paulo and the circulation of agroecological products among the states of Bahia, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul.

Project ended in 2021.


Climate Change and Sustainability Cooperation: The Path Foward for Brazil-US Relations

Co-Financing Partners: Instituto Arapyaú and Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA)

Implementing Partner: Wilson Center

Partnered with ‘A Concertation for the Amazon (Uma Concertação pela Amazônia)’, the initiative emerged to open space for the dialog on sustainability and climate change, uniting Brazilian and North American environment specialists, political leaders, representatives of civil society, scientists, and the enterprise community.

Project ended in 2021.

Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura

Co-Financing Partners: Good Energies Foundation, Instituto Arapyaú, Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), Moore Foundation, Ibá, Grupo Lorentzen, Abag, Fibria, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), WWF, Cargill, Copersucar, Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)

Implementing Partner: Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS)

Institutional Support to the Brazilian Coalition, focused on creating proposals so that the country can conciliate the increase in its agricultural production with the reduction of deforestation.

Project ended in 2019.

Engajamundo na Conferência das Partes da Convenção-Quadro das Nações Unidas sobre a Mudança do Clima (COP)

Co-Financing Partners: WWF Brazil, Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) and New Venture Fund

Implementing Partner: Engajamundo

The support was directed to the participation of Engajamundo delegation at COP 26, conducted in Glasglow (Scotland). Engajamundo is an organization led by young people that believe in their responsibility as a fundamental piece of the solution to face the greatest socioenvironmental challenges of Brazil and the world.

Projeto encerrado em 2021.

Estudo ISP Por Amazônia

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Amazônia Sustentável (FAS), Fundação Ford, Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) and Instituto Arapyaú

Implementing Partner: GIFE

The project aimed at carrying out a study on the Private Social Investment in themes related to the territory development and the socioenvironmental conservation of the biome—which addresses health, education, productive inclusion, public management, environment, and the rights of indigenous peoples. The study aims at identifying and building, in a collaborative and articulate way, paths and strategies that expand the actions of philanthropy in the Legal Amazon region.

Project ended in 2021.

Estudo propositivo para a Aliança Nosso Cerrado

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Grupo Boticário and Instituto Nova Era

Implementing Partners: Conexsus and Artemisia

Territorial diagnosis, action plan, recommendations, and strategic opportunities for Nosso Cerrado Alliance. The material works as a basis for building a portfolio for integrated territorial development in the region of Northeast of Goiás.

Project ended in 2021.

Estudo técnico sobre a importância estratégica da filantropia como alavanca para o desenvolvimento bioeconômico da Amazônia

Co-Financing Partners: FAS, Green Economy Coalition e International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Implementing Partner: Fundação Amazônia Sustentável (FAS)

The project aimed at subsidizing the decision-making process and offering an environment for debates and information on bioeconomy for the regional and pan-Amazonian context. In addition, a detailed study on the açaí, pirarucu, cocoa, honey, vegetable oil and non-wood seed chains was proposed.

Fábrica de beneficiamento da jaca verde

Co-Financing Partner: GIZ

Implementing Partner: Instituto Sinal do Vale

The project supported the factory for processing and commercialization of green jackfruit from the ‘Sinal do Vale Institute’, as a way of adding socioeconomic value for this abundant species in the state of Rio de Janeiro, promoting healthy, safe diet in the region and generating income for small farmers in Baixada Fluminense.

Project ended in 2021.

Florestas de Valor

Co-Financing Partners: Fundo Amazônia, Porticus, Petrobrás and Rainforest Alliance

Implementing Partner: Imaflora

The project aims at strengthening and dynamizing family agriculture, networks and associations to generate income and conserve biodiversity as a socioeconomic alternative to predatory actions in São Félix do Xingu (PA), which are mostly related to illegal deforestation.

Modernização da política pesqueira nacional e redução da poluição por plásticos como instrumentos para proteção dos ecossistemas marinhos

Co-Financing Partners: OAK Foundation, OceanKind, Oceans 5 and Oceana Inc

Implementing Partner: Oceana Brazil

The initiative aims at promoting the creation and approval of a new fishing law in Brazil that defines the needed basis to manage the sustainable use of marine fishing resources. In addition, Oceana wants to implement a Plastic-Free Zone (PFZ) at the ‘Literary Festival of Paraty’ (FLIP) and the Museum of Tomorrow.

Muká Plataforma Agroecológica

Co-Financing Partners: Instituto Arapyaú, Funbio, Tabôa and Fundação Interamericana (IAF)

Implementing Partner: Tabôa Fortalecimento Comunitário

The project’s main goal is to contribute for a healthier diet and the protection of socio-biodiversity in the field, by strengthening agroecological family agriculture. The general idea is to power production, processing, and circulation of agroecological products, with a focus on cocoa.

Pesca + Sustentável

Co-Financing Partners: Família Arnold and Havaianas

Implementing Partner: Conservation International (CI)

The project works to strengthen the production chain of sustainable artisanal fishing, allied with the traceability technology to raise awareness in the final consumer of fish.

Pesca para Sempre

Co-Financing Partners: Bloomberg, Oak Foundation and Jayme Garfinkel

Implementing Partner: Rare Brazil

The initiative benefits communities that live from the marine coastal artisanal fishing of Pará, making them stronger for a participative, effective management with sustainable use of fishing stocks. Moreover, it carries out training for local leaders to stimulate engagement of fishermen, stock conservation and/or recovery of fishing activity, favoring a more sustainable and profitable practice, also reducing social vulnerability of the communities involved.

Piabanha: Pesca e Conservação

Co-Financing Partners: Almeck – Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro

Implementing Partner: Associação dos Pescadores e Amigos do Rio Paraíba do Sul (RJ)

The project aims at repopulation and conservation of fish from the Hydrographic Basin of Paraíba do Sul river, Rio de Janeiro, with a focus on endangered species. Thus, the initiative promotes strategies for management, handling, scientific research and projects for awareness and mobilization of society in the process of environmental conservation.

Plano para aprovação do Marco do Saneamento Básico no Brasil

Implementing Partner: Centro de Estudos de Liderança Pública

Support directed to actions of the dissemination campaign (network monitoring and digital campaign), aiming at enabling the approval of the Basic Sanitation Framework in Brazil.

Project ended in 2020.

Programa de Assistência Técnica de Pesca

Implementing Partners: Pontus Consultoria and PNUD

The project consists of hiring services related to gathering information and results on the technical assistance in the scenario of artisanal fishing in the states of Pará and Rio de Janeiro.

Projeto Sertões

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Carrefour, WWF Internacional, CEPF Mosaico, Amazon Fire Program, Fundação KFW and Rede WWF

Implementing Partner: WWF Brazil

The initiative aims at socioeconomic and production inclusion of family farmers and agroextractivists of Cerrado by strengthening production chains of socio-biodiversity of ‘Mosaico Sertão Veredas Peruaçu’, a region located between North of Minas Gerais and South-West of Bahia. It promotes production, processing, storage, and commercialization of fruit, products, and seeds, and wants to improve the management of protected areas, the appreciation of production chains with good agriculture practices and responsible planning of territorial occupation.

Redução da vulnerabilidade socioeconômica das comunidades pesqueiras artesanais do litoral nordeste do Brasil impactadas pela chegada de manchas de óleo em seus territórios

Implementing and Co-Financing Partners: Conservation International (CI), Oceana and Rare Brazil

The project raised data from the areas affected by the oil leaking on the Brazilian coast, gathered and organized the results of the fish contamination analyses to enable a more strategic and transparent communication with the fishing communities.

Turismo + Sustentável

Co-Financing Partners: Uxuá Hotel and Fundo Abrolhos Terra e Mar

Implementing Partner: Conservation International (CI)

By strengthening entrepreneurship of socioenvironmental impact and developing the concept of a route of tourism integrated to nature in Abrolhos (BA) territory, the projects aim at mobilizing, integrating, qualifying, and generating new income opportunities and social benefits for the region.

Uruçu na Cabruca – Meliponicultura

Co-Financing Partner: Instituto Arapyaú

Implementing Partner: Tabôa Fortalecimento Comunitário

Strategic Partner: Ministério Público do Estado da Bahia

The project aims at developing economic strengths and conserving biodiversity of Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) by creating a meliponiculture hub in the South of Bahia of the stingless bees Melipona rufiventris (Uruçu amarela).

The initiative acts as an alternative complementary income for family farmers, mainly cocoa producers, and encourages more sustainable practices. The project also intends to produce and disseminate technical knowledge on meliponiculture, contributing to environmental education in the territory.

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