The Médio Juruá Territory Program celebrates the recognition by the Equator Prize

Organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Equator Prize is awarded biennially and recognizes communities’ efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

The Médio Juruá Territory Program (PTMJ), which acts on several fronts in the promotion of a Territorial Development Plan for the Médio Juruá region, in the state of Amazonas, has reached the final phase of the award, as well as other 75 initiatives of global prominence recognized for their results in promoting transformations in local communities, rural areas and indigenous communities. 

The achievement of this recognition after the evaluation of indicators such as impact, innovation, scalability, social inclusion and gender equality, reaffirms the potential of the Program in its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), generating a legacy of changes that positively impact local communities and the future of the Amazon region. 

“We at SITAWI are honored to coordinate the Médio Juruá Territory Program and to have served as Executive Secretary of the TMJ local governance forum in recent years. Local partners are the protagonists of this collective initiative that unites people and biodiversity in the Amazon. Locally, the fruits of this sustainable development are tangible. Being able to share them in a showcase of international prominence such as the Equator Prize, can inspire others in the same way that has inspired us in recent years”, highlights Roland Widmer, Program Manager at SITAWI.

With 8 sustainable products supported, 325 thousand turtles released in nature and more than 900 thousand hectares of conserved forests, the Médio Juruá Territory Program has directly reached the lives of 2,459 people, promoting, besides biodiversity conservation, significant social and economic improvements in the region, through local productive chains and sustainable management of natural resources.   

To find out more about the projects, the results of the Program, and who makes all this happen, access our PTMJ Year II report:  https://info.sitawi.net/boletim-tmj-ano2

About the Program 

The Médio Juruá Territory Program (PTMJ) is a territorial development initiative focused on the Médio Juruá region of the Amazonas state. It aims to conserve biodiversity and improve quality of life for traditional and indigenous communities.

The TMJ Program is financed by USAID, Natura and Coca-Cola Brasil, coordinated by SITAWI in partnership with members of the Médio Juruá Territory Forum: Carauari Rural Producers Association (ASPROC); Association of the Agro-extractivist People of the Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (AMARU); Association of the Extractivist People of the São Raimundo Community (AMECSARA); Association of the Agro-extractivist Women of Médio Juruá (ASMAMJ); Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS) and its strategic partners are the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the Department of Climate Change and Management of Conservation Units (DEMUC / SEMA).