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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1) What is Arpa? 
Amazon Region Protected Areas – Arpa is a Brazilian federal government program.  The Ministry of the Environment (MMA) leads and coordinates the program, which is managed by the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio).  Arpa is funded with resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – through the World Bank; the government of Germany – through the German Development Bank (KfW); WWF – through WWF-Brazil; and the Amazon Fund – through the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

Arpa Program was created with the goal of expanding and strengthening the Brazilian National System of Protected Areas (Snuc) in the Amazon, protecting 60 million hectares, ensuring financial resources to manage those areas in the short/long term, and promote the sustainable development in that region.

2) In which way does Arpa Program support the protected areas? 
The protected areas which are supported by the program benefit from goods, works, and hired services, which are needed to carry out activities such as integration with the communities in the PAs surroundings, Board and Council creation, management plan, land survey, inspection/patrolling, and other actions which are necessary to the PA adequate operation.

3) Has a date been set to end Arpa Program? 
The Program was launched in the year of 2002 and it was intended to last for 15 years.  Implementation was designed in three independent, continuous phases.  Nevertheless, there is the Protected Areas Fund, a mechanism with the purpose of funding the maintenance of the protected areas which are consolidated (according to Program criteria).  Therefore, Arpa PAs will continue to have financial support throughout its existence, as long as the FAP Fund has the resources for it. 

4) How many protected areas have Arpa support? 
Presently the Program supports 95 protected areas, both federal and state ones.  Arpa also supports 17 other PAs which are being created (6 million ha). To access the complete list of PAs with Arpa support, please click here http://www.programaarpa.gov.br/images/stories/ARPA/IMAGENS/mapa%20arpa%20dal.jpg).

5) What does it take for a protected area to get Arpa support?

Arpa supports the PAs creation process and the consolidation process for those areas which already exist.

PA creation: Regarding the creation of a protected area, Arpa gives financial support for the design of environmental, social, economic and land diagnoses, besides the organization of public consultations and debates with the government and society about the new PA to be created.

Creation – who can access Arpa for support?  Requests for support to the PA creation may be placed in certain periods, defined in public calls made by the federal Ministry of the Environment.  The requests are evaluated according to Arpa Conservation and Investment Strategy (ECI).  The selection of applicants is negotiated with the PA management agencies, during a meeting of Arpa Technical Forum, and it is decided by Arpa Program Committee (CP).

Those institutions which are interested may register their application through Arpa’s Management and Coordination Integrated System (SisARPA). The PAs must be located in the Amazon biome and there can be no overlapping with conflict areas involving indigenous or traditional populations.

The proposed areas must be included in the Ministry of the Environment’s 2007 Map of the Brazilian Biodiversity Priority Areas for Conservation, Sustentainable Use and Benefit Sharing.

Consolidation of PAs – Existing PAs can receive Arpa support for its consolidation.  The program offers management methodologies for the efficiency of results.  This means that those in charge of the PAs management will be prepared to take planned actions, with well designed goals, and under permanent evaluation. Arpa drives change in the organizational culture of protected areas management.  This is achieved through the promotion of training courses and meetings for the exchange of information among the Amazon PAs managers, who also start participating in congress and seminars.

Consolidation – who can get Arpa support?  The criteria are the same ones as for PA creation, plus the PA information must be updated in the National Register of Protected Areas (CNUC). 1) What is Arpa? 

Amazon Region Protected Areas – Arpa is a Brazilian federal government program.  The Ministry of the Environment (MMA) leads and coordinates the program, which is managed by the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio).  Arpa is funded with resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – through the World Bank; the government of Germany – through the German Development Bank (KfW); WWF – through WWF-Brazil; and the Amazon Fund – through the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

Arpa Program was created with the goal of expanding and strengthening the Brazilian National System of Protected Areas (Snuc) in the Amazon, protecting 60 million hectares, ensuring financial resources to manage those areas in the short/long term, and promote the sustainable development in that region.

6) Which are the organizations funding Arpa Program?
Global Environment Facility (GEF) – through the World Bank -, the government of Germany – through the German Development Bank (KfW), WWF – through WWF-Brazil, and the Amazon Fund – through the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

 7) Who can make donations to the Arpa Program? 
Anyone who is interested in contributing with environmental conservation can make donations to the Program.  Presently, Arpa receives funds from international cooperation – for instance, from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the World Bank – and in the past it was supported by private business organizations, such as Boticario and Natura (for further details on Arpa funding, check answer 6).

8) I would like to publicize the Arpa Program within my organization.  Does Arpa provide any kind of communication material?
On Arpa website you will find several publications available.  To check whether there are printed versions of them, please get in touch with us through the website’s “Contact” link.

9) I would like to criticize, pay a compliment and/or make suggestions to Arpa Program.  To whom should I send it?
Please send it to Arpa Program Coordination Unit (UCP), through E-mail arpa@mma.gov.br or Tel. +55-61-2028-2137

10) Which organizations should I contact to report deforestation or forest fires? (Source: ICMBio’s FAQ)
If deforestation or a forest fire occurs within a federal protected area, it should be reported to the Instituto Chico Mendes (federal environmental agency in charge of biodiversity conservation and protected areas) through its ombudsman (Ouvidoria) http://www.icmbio.gov.br/portal/component/search/?searchword=servicos/atendimento-ao-cidadao/ouvidoria).

If they occur out of the area, they should be reported to Ibama (federal environmental agency in charge of licensing, inspection and patrolling), or to the state environmental agency.

11) How can I work for Arpa Program? (Source: ICMBio’s FAQ)
Any citizen may become part of the Ministry of the Environment’s staff, through public service exams and proof of titles, or through specific contracts according to summons or edictal citations. For further information, please send a message to arpa@mma.gov.br

12) How can I participate in the management of a protected area (Source: ICMBio’s FAQ)
You may participate through the PA Advisory Council or the Deliberative Council, or else through the Volunteers Program, helping the PA in biodiversity conservation, or becoming a member of the PA Fire Brigade.

To become a volunteer, click on Services on the Volunteers Program page, choose a protected area, and contact the PA executive. To access it now, click here.

Click on the name of the PA to see its respective address and telephone numbers.

To become a member of the PA Advisory Council of the Deliberative Council, you must state your interest to the PA executive.  To find the PA you are interested in, and to access the map click here.