Our thanks go to everyone who has supported us, both financially and morally.
In particular, we would like to thank the Royal Geographical Society for granting us the 2007 Neville Shulman Award, which was the best jumping off point we could have hoped for in our fund raising.
Bau Kayapo Reserve Gains FSC and Organic Accreditation
The Kayapó of the Bau Indigenous Territory have been awarded Forest Stewardship Council certification for their 3.7 million acre reserve. It is the largest area of tropical forest to receive FSC certification in the world.The reserve will be sustainably managed, balancing the need for income from Brazil nut harvesting with biodiversity conservation and water and soil protection.
At the same time, the Bau Kayapó also received organic certification for their Brazil nut production according to the standards of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements in a joint assessment with the Instituto Biodinamico, an organic certifier in Brazil.
Brazil is now the leading Latin American country with the most FSC-certified forestlands, totalling about 12.4 million acres.
Suyá Indians Producing Organic Honey
The Suyá of the Xingu Indigenous Park have achieved organic certification for the honey they process, which is collected by several of the Xingu communities, and are selling it to the Pão de Açucar supermarket chain, one of the biggest in Brazil.
Through their own association, ATIX (Associação Terra Indígena Xingu), with support and help from ISA (Instituto Socioambiental), and Apacame (Associação Paulista dos Apicultores Criadores de Abelhas Melíferas Européias, a beekeepers’ association from São Paulo), they have achieved this remarkable success, selling to the supermarket chain under their ‘Caras do Brasil’ programme.