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The Amazon biosphere is a unique and irreplaceable global asset, which every citizen of the world benefits from. As the world’s most significant carbon sink and its most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystem, the Amazon plays a vital role in regulating the global climate, as well as hosting hundreds of thousands of unique species. But this precious resource is under threat as never before.

What is needed is an alternative path for development: one which respects the knowledge, values, wellbeing and livelihoods of the millions of Brazilians who live in the region, without endangering the vital Amazon biosphere upon which the entire globe depends.

Together, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável and the GEC propose a new vision for an inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy for the Amazon – an economy based on diverse standing forest and not on deforestation.

The FAS-GEC Amazon Hub on Inclusive Bioeconomy, based in Manaus Brazil, operates as a joint venture of FAS and the GEC, overseeing SME-, state-, national- and regional-level activities that will catalyse a sea-change in how Amazon economies are incentivised and run. It joins seven other GEC national hubs around the world, each leading on local citizen dialogue and movement building to support a green and fair economy.

“FAS is very proud to be a member of GEC, as this partnership will open new and promising opportunities for international cooperation in the Amazon.”

Virgilio Varina

Director General

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