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Kayapó Territory, Culture and Autonomy

Protected Forest Association (AFP)

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Total project value
R$ 9,089,870.67
Total support amount
US$ 2,785,228.17



Support the implementation and updating of the Territorial and Environmental Management Plan (PGTA) of the Kayapó Indigenous Land (IL) and the implementation of the Las Casas IL, both located in the State of Pará, contributing to the protection and sustainable management of its territories and natural resources, the promotion of their economic autonomy and the valorization of their culture


About 3,000 inhabitants of the 21 communities represented by AFP and indirectly more than 2,000 inhabitants of the other Kayapó IL communities that are not represented by AFP

Territorial scope

Two indigenous lands in the south of Pará (IL Kayapó and IL Las Casas), totaling 3.3 million hectares


Project selected through Public Call to Submission of Territorial and Environmental Management Projects in Indigenous Lands.


The Territorial and Environmental Management Plan (PGTA) is an instrument of the National Policy for Territorial and Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands (PNGATI) - instituted by Decree No. 7,747, of June 5, 2012 - of a dynamic nature, designed to express the protagonism, autonomy and self-determination of indigenous peoples.

The PGTA embodies the planning, agreed by the entire indigenous community involved, of the use of its territory for cultural, environmental and economic purposes. In general, it develops around three main thematic axes - territorial protection, sustainable management and use of natural resources and training - but it reflects the particularities of each context and the local management strategies of the indigenous territories.

AFP is a non-profit Kayapó indigenous organization created in 2002 and headquartered in Tucumã-PA, with operations in the Kayapó, Menkragnoti and Las Casas Indigenous Lands (ILs), all located in the south of Pará.

It is also worth noting that the present project is the only one of the Public Call for Projects focused on the support of PGTAs in IL that was presented directly by an indigenous organization, being the second project of the Amazon Fund with direct support to an indigenous organization.


The Project presented by AFP includes actions to implement the PGTAs of the Kayapó and Las Casas ILs and update the PGTA of the Kayapó IL.

In the Kayapó IL, actions will be carried out to train indigenous environmental agents and implement a community-based tourism project. Aat the Las Casas IL, solid waste management actions will be implemented, roças (small farming plot) opened, reforestation of a permanent preservation area and production of manioc flour.

In addition, other actions will be supported in the two ILs, such as the development and operation of a geographic information system, support for traditional seed fair and traditional Kayapó rituals, cultural and audiovisual activities and photovoltaic energy production. The project will also support actions towards AFP's institutional strengthening.


This project falls under the “Sustainable Production” (1) and "Land-use Planning" (3) components of the logical framework of the Amazon Fund.

Click on the following image to view its objectives tree, that is, how the project's outputs and linked to the expected outcomes and impact.quadrologico_EN


Date of approval 12.04.2017
Date of the contract 03.21.2018
Disbursement period 75 months (from the date the contract was signed)


date amount
1º disbursements 11.21.2018 R$1,771,523.80
2º disbursements 10.06.2021 R$5,522,071.68
Total amount disbursed R$7,293,595.48

Total amount disbursed in relation to the Amazon Fund’s support



The report was completed with details of the methodology, processes and deadlines for updating the Kayapó IT PGTA. The first assembly was held for this update, which took place in the Kriny village, with the participation of indigenous leaders.

A field visit to the Mojkarakô village was also carried out to develop activities with representatives of the different Kayapó IT villages aimed at carrying out the initial stages of the PGTA update process, such as the participatory validation of the bases, the preparation of ethonography maps and interviews.

The Project provides for the realization of three modules for the Training of Indigenous Environmental Agents (AAIs). The first stage of the first of these modules took place in the Mojkarakô village and was attended by representatives of 25 villages. The second stage, called dispersion stage, in addition to training the participants, aimed to collect data from the territory component for updating the PGTA. This activity was carried out through the participation of AAIs in the preparation of emic maps (which describe internal categories and values specific to the societies and groups under study) and the ethno-zoning of IL and the application of questionnaires on topics such as: territory, culture, education, health and productive activities. 67 indigenous people were trained in total to carry out territorial surveillance actions in Kayapó IT.

The conceptual modeling of the Geographic Information System and Geographic Database - GIS that aims to define and describe the content of data, as well as the systematization of information and environmental impact analysis within the Kayapó IT was developed. The GIS should be fed with the data collected throughout the project, and information related to territorial monitoring (to be carried out in the future by the trained AAIs), as well as sociocultural information that the indigenous people consider relevant, may be stored.

Periodic analysis of data (PRODES) and the deforestation alert system (SIRAD-X), satellite images and hot spots (INPE), from 2015 to 2020, was carried out in order to monitor and produce analyses of environmental degradation indicators of ILs.

With regard to the promotion of economic autonomy, it is worth mentioning: a) the initial meeting of the Território Cultura e Autonomia Kayapó project, with representatives of AFP and other indigenous leaders; b) the hiring of an indigenous coordinator; c) the acquisition of a 4x4 truck, equipment (notebooks and portable solar lamps) and supplies necessary for the execution of the project (e.g. office and field materials).

It is also worth mentioning the conclusion of the community-based Visitation Plan for the Kubenkrãnkej and Kedjerekrã villages. Activities were carried out aimed at obtaining clarifications regarding the exemption from environmental licensing for the execution of actions for the implementation of fields and restoration.


In the Mojkarakô Village, the 2nd Mebengokré Fair of Traditional Kayapó Seeds took place, with the participation of representatives of villages located in the states of Pará, Mato Grosso and Tocantins, as well as indigenous guests from other communities or non-indigenous guests.

With regard to supporting the performance of traditional Kayapó rituals, the Kukrut Nhõ Metoro (known as the “tapir party”) and Bemp, an ancestral ceremony for the naming of Mebengokré children, were held in the Mojkarakô and A´ ukre villages, with the participation of indigenous leaders and indigenous people from neighboring villages and contributed to the strengthening of the cultural heritage of the Kayapó people.

The visits to the villages served by the project, which aimed to discuss, validate, plan and execute the scheduled activities, allowed: a) the definition of the locations for the installation of the Offgrid system and the construction of the houses of culture; b) the sizing of the energy to be generated and the collection of information for the planning of the logistics of transport of materials and equipment; c) the choice of the local indigenous coordinator to participate in the training in photovoltaic systems in each community; and d) the acquisition and distribution of 428 home lighting kits, as well as the realization of a participatory process for the definition of the number of kits to be distributed per village.

Activities related to the development of the multimedia repository on the web platform and the respective user manual were carried out, as well as activities related to the preparation of the prototype of the database of the Training Program in audiovisual and computer science of the project, the preparation of the Layout of the system (mobile and desktop) and the training of AFP employees for handling the platform.


Final Evaluation


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