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The Sustainable Use of Amazonian Seeds

The Sustainable Use of Amazonian Seeds

Regional development in the Brazilian Amazon is the aim of the partners, achieved by encouraging the organisation of the local communities as a co-operative, and by transferring technologies and training the community in the production of oils made from Amazonian seeds, resulting in increased incomes for these communities.

The partnership, consisting of 26 employees, has fostered environmental conservation and social development since 2007 by transferring technologies and by training the local community in the production of oils from Amazonian seeds. They initiated the exploitation of under-utilised natural resources, which were considered to be waste by local public authorities. The products generated by the local community are organic certified oils, extracted from Ucuuba and Andiroba seeds, and handcrafted candles. Beraca, one the funding partners, buys the oils and sells them to the cosmetic industry, the main client being L’Occitane. 

  • Develop a training division to produce Andiroba and Uccuuba candles.
  • Develop training to produce candle holders as initiated by Carlos Amaral, an indigenous Marajoara artist.
  • Build the Coopemaflima headquarters.
  • Train the cooperative to work with other non-timber materials.
  • Seek other partners.

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