Sociobioeconomy Centre – Pará

Led by: Fundação Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (FBDS)
Sector: Nature

“We need to promote dialogue between PIQCTs (PT acronym for Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas and Traditional Communities) and the scientific community in order to prospect and develop solutions and business opportunities and services that contribute to the well-being of forest peoples, the maintenance of the living forest and the sustainable use of the Amazonian socio-biodiversity of Pará."

-  Pedro Leitão, Director of Trama, Brasil Projects 

This project aims to establish the institutional framework and business model for the Sociobioeconomy Centre, aiming to bolster technical and scientific support within the Bioeconomy Plan of Pará State (PLANBIO) and its innovation ecosystem. Through a participatory process, the project will co-design the Centre within Guamá's Science and Technology Park, fostering an environment enriched by intercultural, interdisciplinary dialogues and multi-stakeholder engagement. This approach highlights the integration of Research, Development, and Innovation (RD&I) with Cultural Heritage, Traditional Knowledge, Productive Value Chains, and Sustainable Businesses. 

The project will deliver six key outputs, including mapping bioeconomy potential, establishing governance and selection methodologies, preparing and presenting the COP 28 case, prototyping SocioBioeconomy cases, designing the business model for the Centre, and reviewing prototypes and business elements. Notably, the project emphasises methodologies that bridge traditional knowledge with modern science, addresses climate change, biodiversity conservation, and social well-being simultaneously, and seeks to create economic opportunities for traditional social groups.