Community Development

To encourage community development is a form of promoting economically and ecologically sustainable practices in communities that live in traditional ways.  Community tourism is a good example of how the community can share with the world their cultures and ways of living, generating income and rescuing the pride in their traditional ways. Learn about some projects supported by CASA that promote the sustainable development of traditional communities:

 

Community tourism and active youth in Ceará state’s coastal area

Based on the experience of the Tucum Network, community tourism has demonstrated the capacity of organized groups to effectively control development, being directly responsible for planning activities, and managing touristic infrastructures and services. Guaranteeing and preserving community territories is also an important strategy.

Hence, it has become an activity that seeks dialogue with the Ceará coastal area’s challenging reality, marked by rapid transformations in the traditional ways of life and socioenvironmental impacts that directly interfere with socio-spatial reproduction and the rights of coastal communities.

Supported by the CASA Fund, the project enabled the organization of the First Coastal Area Youth Gathering held in February 2014. Attended by 95 young representatives from several communities, the Gathering had workshops focused on the creation of radio programs for adolescents. They discussed issues related to conventional tourism, such as sexual exploitation, drug abuse, their right to their territory, environmental conservation, and socioenvironmental impacts on coastal communities.

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When the FIFA World Cup arrived at Brazil’s protected areas

Brazilian environmental protection areas (EPAs), located near cities that hosted the FIFA World Cup, were dubbed “World Cup Parks.” Those who lived or worked in the so-called “World Cup Parks” were required to adjust to FIFA’s requirements. Thus, communities involved in community tourism actions were forced overnight to meet those demands.

The Paraty region is one of the greatest tourist attractions for foreign visitors to Brazil. Surrounded by water, with its small inlets, it preserves its traditional coastal culture. Its way of life goes back to colonial times, based on artisanal fishing, subsistence agriculture, and vegetal extractivism.

The community of Trindade is located in this region, which belongs to the Cairuçu EPA, near the Serra da Bocaina National Park – a World Cup Park. The Trindade Boat Owners and Small Fishers Association (ABAT) was required to meet FIFA’s demands.

Association members had to take nine courses including boat mechanics, first aid, and risk management. Four of these courses were supposed to be given by the Environment Ministry, but bureaucracy and delays hampered the process. The Association managed to organize four out of five planned courses with the support of the CASA Socioenvironmental Fund.

The experience with the courses carried out through the effort of the Association itself generated closeness and partnership among members. Boat owners began to work in a more united and systematized way, and to appreciate more their collective work.

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