ARPA – The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program – is a Brazilian government program created in 2003, in partnership with donor organizations, environmental agencies and NGOs, and coordinated by the he Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA). It’s the largest conservation program of tropical forests on earth. ARPA has the goal of expanding, consolidating and maintaining 50 million hectares of protected areas at the Amazon biome.
Since the beginning, the program was planned to be executed in three independent and continuous phases. ARPA was created in order to expand and strengthen the National System of Conservation Units (SNUC) in the Amazon, ensuring financial resources to the management of these areas and promote sustainable development at the region.
Recognized internationally, ARPA combines the conservation biology with the best practices of planning and management. The protected areas supported by the program are benefited with necessary patrimony, constructions and contracting services to promote integration with surrounding communities, councils organization, management plans, land surveys, surveillance activities and other actions necessary for its proper operation.