Members of PCI Regional Compacts assess and discuss lessons learned and outcomes in the implementation process

The process of sharing learning on the construction of Regional Compacts is an important step for us to understand the path that was and continues to be built; thereby we can improve ourselves, and enable possible adjustments along the way. This was the understanding with which, during the month of June, IDH conducted surveys and meetings with the members of the three Regional PCI Covenants being carried out in the state of Mato Grosso: in Barra do Garças, Sorriso and Vale do Juruena.

The first step in this process was to conduct a survey through an online form, which 110 people directly linked to the Compacts were invited to complete, in order to collect information about expectations, challenges, results and opportunities identified by the participants in relation to the industry/group itself and, also, in relation to the process of construction of the Compacts.

In a second step, the information collected was organized and presented in online meetings with the members of each Compact, when the participants were able to learn and discuss the main results, contributing with new information, examples and interpretations.

“One point that drew considerable attention was the synergy reached in the understandings about the Compact’s proposal, its objective and the potential to yield results that the proposal brings. We deem these moments very important”, says Daniela Mariuzzo, Executive Director of the IDH in Brazil and of the Landscapes Program in Latin America.

Another topic that permeated virtually all axes was the common understanding that communication, whether internal with members of the compact, or external, with the society in general, investors and companies, is critical to ensure the good performance of the actions, the success of the initiatives and to create opportunities.

In the opinion of TNC Brazil’s Conservation expert, Raimunda Mello, “it was very good to see all this collective work reflected in the responses, for it values the institutions involved in the process. A lot has happened and many results have been achieved in such a short time. It is important to see it expressed in this way”. TNC is the organization that coordinates the implementation of the Barra do Garças PCI Compact.

Regarding the Sorriso PCI Compact, Cid Sanches, external consultant of RTRS in Brazil, pointed out the recognition of farmers and industries as part of the results in this process. “I found it very interesting to see the appreciation and recognition highlighted, aiming at a better commercialization and value added to products for being produced within this whole governance structure”.

At the Vale do Juruena PCI Compact meeting, the interaction between the various projects and actions being carried out and the need to maintain attention to conservation and inclusion issues were the most commented highlights. “I suggest that we always contemplate inclusion and conservation within the production chains”, said Saulo Magnani Thomas, from ONF-Brasil.

The information collected during this learning stage will support the next steps of the Regional Compacts, which may trigger an action plan that will contribute to the goals implementation process and help in structuring and strengthening actions aimed at governance, monitoring and investments.