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SUSTAINABLE TOURISMPousada Uacari, from Amazonas, is one of the highlights of model initiatives for inclusive community development through tourism

By Amanda Costa

Pousada Uacari is a model of inclusive community development through tourism. Credit: Ministry of Tourism Five bungalows floating on the waters of the Solimões River in the middle of the largest protected lowland area in the world. The Uacari inn, located 1h30 by speedboat from the municipality of Tefé (AM), has been internationally recognized for combining environmental conservation with the social and economic development of the region, through tourism. The report Inclusive Community Development through Tourism, which highlights the Brazilian initiative, was presented last week at a meeting of Tourism Ministers of the G20 – a group of countries with the greatest influence in the world. “Inclusion as a case study of Pousada Uacari , in Amazonas is, for us, a source of pride for presenting a participatory ecotourism management model ”, highlighted the Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio. “My orientation at the Ministry’s head is to explore the possibility of using the recommendations from this study in other tourism ventures in traditional communities that help develop ecotourism in biodiversity conservation areas”, he concluded. The document was developed by the World Organization do Turismo (OMT), in partnership with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), at the request of the G20. In addition to Brazil, experiences from 18 other countries were also highlighted, such as: Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. The indications of good practices were made by each country and approved by the presidency of the G20 Tourism, which this year is exercised by Saudi Arabia. The objective is that the initiatives serve as inspiration to other countries. Encouraging inclusive community development through tourism is among the commitments assumed by the ministers of tourism of the countries that make up the group. The idea is to support the growth of authentic and, at the same time, sustainable experiences for tourists, as well as to promote rural development and the empowerment of communities. , Zurab Polikashvili, evaluated that “tourism helps communities to maintain their natural and cultural heritage, supporting conservation, safeguarding endangered species, lost traditions or flavors.” POUSADA UACARI – Protecting the planet and conserving cultural heritage, offering tourists opportunities to experience nature and local culture is the recipe for success at Pousada Flutuante Uacari. Located in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve – state conservation unit -, the area has more than 1.1 million hectares of nature. The entire structure of the inn is sustainable, from solar energy to ecological tiles, produced by the same technology. recycling of pet bottles. There are 10 rooms, with capacity for 24 guests at a time. Each of the five bungalows has two suites overlooking the forest. [Embedded content] Administration is done in a shared manner between the Mamirauá Institute – a Social Organization – and the communities that are part of the Mamirauá Reserve, 11 in total, through of the Association of Assistants and Guides of Ecotourism of Mamirauá (AAGEMAM). Through this shared management reservations are made and the logistics of arrival and departure of guests are organized. Management of employees, service providers and sellers of agricultural and handicraft products is also carried out. The work is on a rotating basis, that is, each person works, on average, 10 days a month, which allows communities to continue exercising traditional activities. The format generates income for local residents and contributes to the conservation of natural resources. About 400 people in the community have direct or indirect employment, based on the relationships in the production chain, including women, young people and the elderly. The expectation is that for each US $ 1 invested in the pousada, the return to the regional economy will be US $ 5. Thus, of the 19 countries with good practices highlighted in the G20 report, only Pousada Uacari scored in all four topics analyzed: empowerment of people, safeguarding the planet, prosperity and collaboration between people. Edition: Lívia Nascimento

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