The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world and runs through nine countries in South America. The vegetation that covers the basin constitutes one half of the remaining forest on Earth; approximately one million of the world’s estimated five million species of plants and animals live in the Amazon, and are found nowhere else. The rainforest supplies 80% of the world’s replenished oxygen; it is one of the few frontiers remaining on Earth that harbors plants yet undiscovered by humankind which could potentially cure any number of diseases. It is home to numerous uncategorized animal species, the study of which could help us better understand our past and better prepare for our future. But the forest is in danger. Encroaching development and industrialization threaten the rainforest with deforestation. Inadequate human infrastructure does not provide for efficient and effective sanitation, waste management or recycling, resulting in pollution that threatens the health of the forest.
These major challenges affect not only the myriad of plant and animal life flourishing under the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, but also pose serious consequences to the health and welfare of the local inhabitants whose lives are intimately intertwined with the forest and who are its most significant and indispensable caretakers. It is Floresta Project, Inc.'s belief that
the key to keeping the Amazon rainforest strong and healthy is to keep its local native populations strong and healthy by providing them with the tools and resources they need to meet the challenges of industrialization and modernization. By empowering local communities to sustain themselves in an environmentally friendly way, Floresta Project, Inc. will directly help improve the lives of the native people, preserve the rainforest and support the health of the global community and the global environment.
The Community Center project was developed by a local women’s initiative called "Emflores" in the village center of Flona Purus, Pauiní. Its purpose being – a center to help the needy and to offer broad services to the community.
The Community Center will be the first bio-architectural (green building) in this village that will be built using environmentally and responsibly produced materials and techniques.
Services offered to the community:
- To promote the economic development of the community and to generate jobs
- To promote regional assets and resources
- To offer a food-co-op
- To increase awareness about nutrition and food
- To receive visitors
- To offer a room for meetings – development of local arbitration or "community justice"
- To centralize the work of the "lavadeiras" (clothing washers) on behalf of the community
- A space for creating local crafts
In 2010, Floresta plans to begin fundraising for a
community organic garden that will supply food to the
co-op in the village center of Flona Purus, Pauiní. The distribution
of food through the co-op will involve a multi-tiered
program that provides food free of cost to the poor and underprivileged village members.
Floresta will educate
local farmers and villagers about the techniques in
permaculture, composting and agroforestry, and will
assist in the development of the gardens.