MuCA bets on education and social development to strengthen the relationship between productivity and forest preservation

One of the main focuses of the Amazon Science Museum is education and entrepreneurship. The project aims to train 635 young people in the region to work in the development of services and products, strengthening the bioeconomy in the Amazon, promoting local scientific research and reinforcing the importance of the forest for the survival of humanity and the planet through science. Amongst the youth group, 21 of them will make up the monitor body at MuCA – for over a year, the team has been prepared to conduct guided tours, assemble exhibitions and receive brazilian and foreign visitors. 

As a viability strategy for this project, MuCA will make available the best equipment for formation, research and bioprospecting of ingredients for the food, cosmetic and phytopharmaceutical industries. This consolidates a promising horizon for both these young people, who can transform the forest into their main asset and competitive advantage of Brazil, as for the new generations, who will have work and income opportunities enlarged.

In partnership with the Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), a community will be formed to work in an extractive reserve (Tapajós-Arapiuns) with 3,600 hectares for production chains of raw materials with high added value for the industry. UFOPA technicians and researchers will work to standardize these assets in accordance with regulatory and industrial standards. In addition to forest production, MuCA and the Ministry of the Environment will coordinate payments for environmental services provided by carbon sequestration, as a result of the preservation of this territory.