Incubadora de Políticas Públicas da Amazônia (Public Policy Incubator in the Amazon)


Project management

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Research Development
and Support Foundation (FADESP)

Territorial scope

All the states in the Amazon biome


Federal University of Pará


To develop an interdisciplinary research project on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts resulting from the expansion of the economic frontier in the Amazon, within the scope of the Amazon Public Policies Incubator, linked to the Research Forum and Graduate Programme in Sustainable Development of the Amazon

Total cost of the project

R$ 2,704,084.90

Amazon Fund support

R$ 2,704,084.90
(US$ 1,738,849.52)

Estimated completion date

24 months (from the date the contract was signed)


Progress of the project


Date approved


Date awarded


1st disbursement on 2.16.2012

R$ 692,994.69

2nd disbursement on 10.26.2012

R$ 566,989.49

3rd disbursement on 6.13.2013

R$ 706,118.69

4rd disbursement on 11.27.2013 

R$ 737,981.99

Total amount disbursed

R$ 2,704,084.86

Total amount disbursed in relation toAmazon Fund’s support


Project manager’s site:


The Amazon High Studies Nucleus (NAEA) is linked to the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), one of the most important research and educational institutions in the North Region. NAEA is a Graduate Program nucleus with three main lines of research: Society, Regional Development and Public Policy; Regional Economics and Sustainable Development; and Environmental Management of Ecosystems.

Besides this, NAEA is responsible for the executive secretariat of the Sustainable Amazon Forum, which encompasses 19 graduate programs working in areas of public policy and sustainable regional development in the nine states that comprise the Legal Amazon.

Linked to this Forum is the Amazon’s Public Policy Incubator, whose mission is to contribute to conceiving, establishing, accompanying and assessing public policy on sustainable development for the region, relying on scientific knowledge, traditional wisdom and official participation of regional actors. 


The project aims to strengthen the Amazon’s Public Policy incubator, linked to the Sustainable Amazon Forum, through an interdisciplinary research project on socio-economic and environmental impacts resulting from the expansion of the economic frontier in the Amazon.

The first phase of the project will be carried out in all the states that comprise the Legal Amazon, based on data from secondary sources, generating indicators and information that will outline the meso-regions, in each one of the states, that are more vulnerable in socio-environmental terms. Socio-environmental vulnerability encompasses economic, social, political-institutional and environmental aspects that help establish the capacity of the meso-region to avoid or prevent deforestation.

In the second phase, the incubator’s state bases will be set up in each meso-region from the first phase and research, as well as plans of action, will be carried out in conjunction with representatives from local social, economic, educational e political institutions. The aim is to characterize the ecological, economic and social systems; assess the socio-economic dynamics; and assess recent experiences in managing natural resources of the system in the meso-region. Research tied to plans of action constitutes a research methodology that seeks to diagnose and solve problems by a collaborative and participative means, involving researchers and those involved in the issue diagnosed and its respective problems.


Products and services

  • Conducting interdisciplinary research on socio-economic and environmental impacts resulting from the expansion of the economic frontier in the nine states that comprise the Legal Amazon (Product 1)

  • Research tied to plans of action on the socio-economic and environmental impacts resulting from the expansion of the economic frontier in the meso-region identified in the research from Product 1 as being more vulnerable in socio-environmental terms in each of the nine states that comprise the Legal Amazon

Specific aim

  • To strengthen the capacity and the performance of public and private organizations working to prevent deforestation and implement socio-environmental management in the states and municipalities in the Amazon

General aim (impact)

To implement science, technology and innovation activities contributing to the recovery, conservation and sustainable use of the Amazon Biome


A study was conducted on socioeconomic, political and institutional and environmental dynamics in the nine states of the Legal Amazon. The historical background and the main factors associated with each dimension in
the regional development of each state were revealed, and they pointed out the most socioenvironmentally vulnerable regions in each of them. Simultaneously, the Sustainability Index of Amazon Municipalities was prepared; it comprised 47 variables and was a fundamental piece in the choice of the most critical Amazon regions, the topic of an action research study.

Following that, an action research study was conducted, with action strategies having been proposed to subsidize the planning of public policies and priority projects in the municipalities that were pointed out as the most
socioenvironmentally vulnerable in the Amazon, as follows: Breves (Pará); Lábrea (Amazonas); Guajará-Mirim (Rondônia); Cruzeiro do Sul (Acre); Alta Floresta (Mato Grosso); Tocantinópolis (Tocantins); Grajaú (Maranhão); Oiapoque (Amapá); and Mucajaí (Roraima). Finally, four books were written, but not yet published. They will be part of Regional Amazon Formation compilation, which will present the results of the project.