Synergia participates in the Ethos Conference with a panel on social development and documentary “The forest you don’t see – Narratives of the Middle Xingu”

Posted in: 09/22/2023

Synergia Socioambiental participated in the Ethos 360º Conference , in Belém, on September 18th. Participation took place through the panel Social and environmental development projects for the Amazon region , offered by Hydro, and the cinedebate of the documentary “ The forest you don’t see – Narratives of the Middle Xingu ”. 

The event aimed to boost discussions on the social and economic development of the Amazon , in addition to proposing solutions for the advancement of the circular economy, confirming the environment for dialogue and strengthening the integration of various initiatives in the state of Pará.  

Adriana Barros, Institutional Relations Manager at Synergia, tells us a little about the conference: “The Ethos Conference confirmed that actions that provide positive results for people and the environment bring sustainability and alignment with the SDGs into their value proposition. Actions built years ago gain visibility and relevance for advancing the climate agenda and keeping the forest standing , such as Mangues da Amazônia and the Agroextractivist Seeds of the Forest Association (AASFLOR)”. 

Synergia Team at the Ethos Conference. Photo: Synergia
From left to right: Elen Doppenschmitt, Lia Lutz Kroeff, Keyse Renata, Sandra Faé, Elida Silva, Ynara Ferreira, Alexandre Pessôa, Mário Braga, Ceyla Nobre, Adriana Barros. Photo: Synergia

The panel Social and environmental development projects for the Amazon region , offered by Hydro, had the participation of Sandra Faé, advisor to the Executive Secretariat of the Sustainable Barcarena Initiative by Synergia, together with Eduardo Bustamante, Dialogue and Engagement manager at Hydro, Felipe Saboya, deputy director of the Ethos Institute, and Jakeline Ramos Pereira, director of the Imazon Protected Areas Program . 

During the panel at the Ethos Conference, participants discussed solutions so that companies, governments and civil society can support social development, putting people at the center and strengthening a dialogue that values ​​human development. 

Sandra spoke about the possible paths to building a more sustainable society , based on social projects: “If there is no inclusion, if we don’t look at the basic problems, the lack of access to health, education and income, we will not face the problem. In the Sustainable Barcarena Initiative, we have a guideline and a strategic construction to look at the territory and more specific issues of the population, such as roads and rural areas, and, based on this, we build changes”. 

Bioeconomy was highlighted in panels and cinedebate at the Ethos Conference 

The Ethos Conference was also the stage for the screening of the cinedebate of the documentary “ The Forest You Don’t See – Narrativas do Médio Xingu ”, a co-production between Synergia Socioambiental and Dot Films, with support from ICMBio, which premiered on September 5th. 

After the session, a conversation was held with the participation of Élida Silva Morais, farmer and communications and sales manager at AASFLOR, Daniel Santos, environmental engineer and co-leader of the IPS initiative – Social Progress Index in the Brazilian Amazon, and Mario Vasconcellos, anthropologist and responsible for the Middle Xingu Networks Project . 

For Alexandre Pessôa, Communication and Marketing manager at Synergia and member of the documentary’s production, the film opens doors for the public to learn about the strength of the bioeconomy and how it has worked. “The documentary is an opportunity for people to see the difficulties of the territory, the lack of infrastructure, health and education and how, in the midst of precarious situations , people are there with a purpose in life, with awareness and willpower to maintain the forest standing ”, points out Alexandre, who was also present at the Conference. 

Audience at the screening of the documentary The Forest You Don't See - Narratives of the Middle Xingu at the Ethos Conference. Photo: Synergia
Cinedebate shows a documentary that weaves together the stories of struggle and resistance of people who live in the Middle Xingu region. Photo: Synergia

During the conversation, the participants pointed out that the bioeconomy should not develop alone , as it is still precarious and needs investment, as shown in the documentary, which aims to raise awareness among large partners , such as companies and public authorities, to invest in bioeconomy, respecting local particularities and culture . 

Another prominent panel at the Ethos Conference was held by the Brazilian Climate Change Conference (CBMC) , with the theme Promoting socio-environmental resilience in the Amazon: dialogues on bioeconomy, territory and climate emergency . 

The panel addressed how the bioeconomy can stimulate sustainable and inclusive development . Furthermore, he highlighted promoting dialogue and actions in favor of a sustainable future. 

CBMC also presented the panel Climate Justice: present and future in perspective , which analyzed climate change and how it will impact the future , considering issues of class, ethnicity, age and other sociodemographic factors. 

The next edition of the Ethos Conference will take place virtually, on October 26th , and in person in São Paulo, on November 21st and 22nd .  

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