|The Group of Research and Extension in Agroforestry Systems of Acre (PESACRE) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to studies and research on the sustainable use of the natural resources, strenthening the effective adoption of sustainable natural resource management practices for the benefit of local traditional populations and future generations.
With a multidisciplinary team, PESACRE implements several projects and actions aimed at the preservation of the environment and the development of tecnologies for the correct use of the natural resources of the region.
Its activities include:
- Participative research and extension on agroforestry and forestry practices and technologies;
- Organization and self-administration of communities, with an emphasis on gender;
- Dissemination of alternatives for the sustainable use of natural resources as a process of environmental education;
- Training of professionals and rural producers to strengthen local knowledge;
Founded on July 6, 1990, PESACRE emerged from a group of participants in a research, extension and training program based on the “PESA” methodology (Research and Extension in Agroforestry Systems). As a result of a partnership established in 1996 between the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) and the University of Florida (UF), this program conducted two additional courses, in 1988 and 1989, and demonstrated the need for an organization with a multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional team that would put the concepts of “participative research” underlying PESA into practice.
MISSION (general objective)
To improve the quality of life of the families of local, small-scale producers while decreasing the pressure on the forest.
- To strengthen the capacity of communities to self-administer;
- To generate and implement policies of Conservation and Development (C&D) in the region;
- To generate and promote the use of adequate methodologies and technologies for the administration of natural resources and the maintenance of carbon stocks.
- To improve local technical capacity to manage and use natural resources.
One of the greatest challenges today, in the Amazon is the use of the area’s natural resources without causing social, cultural and environmental imbalances. It is exactly this challenge, along with the commitment to create sustainable economic alternatives for Acre’s traditional communities and to introduce clean technologies for tapping into the economic potential of our biodiversity, that is the driving force behind the work of PESACRE.
We believe that the need for the preservation of the environment is increasingly connected with the need to generate income and guarantee a better life for the populations that live in and from the forest. For this reason, in the last ten years PESACRE has been carrying out research and implementing projects based on the sustainable use of natural resources in agriculturally-oriented, indigenous and rubber-tapper communities.
Our philosophy emphasizes that participation and the exchange of information, merging technical and academic knowledge with the traditional wisdom of the people of the forest, are fundamental to that process. All of our projects, as well as activities, have as a starting point the participation of local communities with the producers as the primary subjects in the discussion and adoption of sustainable practices.