Fronteiras believes that the expansion of the frontiers of life demands investment in long-term processes. We privilege trajectories that make possible the establishment of long-term relationships between us, partner peoples and communities, financiers, and networks.

We believe that the organization of our governance in three great programs is the most effective way to achieve our vision of the future.

We are organized in transborder cooperative networks with foundations on three axes:

Transformative Learning

We value the learning processes that emerge from relationships that are practical and contextualized in day-to-day situations. We believe that transformative processes become perennial only when the learning is connected to daily needs, improving the results of our daily activities.

Fronteiras believes that transformative processes toward regenerative contexts will only be effective if traditional knowledge and local needs converge with contemporary processes, increasing the comparative advantages of their territories.

Fronteiras acts to stimulate regenerative otherness processes that enrich and valorize traditional knowledge so that innovative, sustainable shared solutions can emerge.

The Voice of Liberdade

The “Voice of Liberdade” began to be developed at the end of 2018. The project’s aim is to produce a book of memories and stories from the Riozinho da Liberdade RESEX. It is the history told by those who lived it; it is the “Voice of Liberdade,” the unique account of each person, each story, edited by the community itself, without external intervention.

Since 2018, Colônia Z1 (Cruzeiro do Sul) and the Fronteiras Institute have established a partnership to create shared solutions for socio-environmental impacts that affect the Alto Juruá Basin and its traditional communities. From its concrete experiences and necessities, Fronteiras develops learning processes (e.g., fishers’ rights), remembering (e.g., the organization of 40 years of institutional data on fishers) and contributions to a better understanding of the local fishing scene (e.g., the Ictio app), supporting emancipation processes for the fishing community in Cruzeiro do Sul and surrounding region.

Regenerative Institutions

The principal economic activities in the Amazon are derived from imitations or reinterpretations of colonial-era agricultural exportation, with high intensity exportations of primary commodities of low added value. The expansion defined by territorially exogenous centers impedes the necessary dynamism for local development to emerge from local solutions and their comparative advantages.

Fronteiras works toward the creation of regenerative economic and cultural institutions. We build network solutions for real problems that affect local communities by joining scientific and traditional knowledge. We seek to develop social technologies that emerge from the local reality of traditional peoples and communities, guided toward transformative development that is integrated into the territory and its comparative advantages.

Regeneration of the Vale Juruá’s landscapes

This initiative was planned and implemented in collaboration with the Ashaninka and Puyanawa Indigenous peoples, as well as non-Indigenous people from the riverside communities. We seek to expand reforestation projects, identifying and acting on degenerative institutional patterns associated with the destruction of natural vegetation along the riverbanks (Permanent Preservation Areas) and roads. We started this initiative in 2020, with a nursery project for native seedlings on the Puyanawa Indigenous Land. We support the institutional consolidation of the reforestation initiatives led by Benki Piyãko Ashaninka on the margins of the Juruá River.

We support women who are Indigenous, are farmers, live by the riverside, and who are interested in deepening their political action through the remembering of their ancestral practices.
At the request of leadership, we support the exchange of ancestral knowledge between elder women, and the deepening of local and regional political knowledge.

Territorial Mediations

The territorial mediation program strives to create solutions to the conflicts over land allocation in a context of expanding agricultural and road infrastructure frontiers, as well as gaps and overlaps among the different categories of land tenure in the Amazon. Historically, agrarian reform initiatives and the demarcation of conservation areas were not enough to consolidate sustainable standards of land use and occupation for its inhabitants.

Regenerative initiatives depend on pacific, strategic decisions on land allocation that respect the ancestral land use practices, which co-created the Amazon. In this program, Fronteiras develops solutions with a focus on two main kinds of conflicts: socioeconomic allocation conflicts that antagonize with different development strategies and legal-institutional conflicts of land allocation.

Institutional and territorial consolidation

Fronteiras supported the Yorenka Tasorentsi project in the consolidation of its own territory within a private area. Fronteiras worked in conjunction with the communities on this initiative with: territorial identification, georeferencing, land allocation for registration and satisfaction of legal norms for preservation and sustainability. This initiative’s activities included administering the construction of tanks for native fish and an aviary, whose resources entered the mediation negotiations for these territorial conflicts involving neighboring riverside communities.

We work with in-depth analyses of the territory, supporting local communities in the comprehension of territorial transformations, which may affect their way of life and their territories. We produce technical and divulgation reports for a better understanding of conflict situations of local interest.

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Other Opportunities

We intend to expand our radius of action. The Amazon is the size of a continent. Incentivizing and supporting processes that expand the frontiers of life are part of our range of opportunities.

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