Instituto Terroá: Debating sustainable product chains and leadership skills for SDG localization

Instituto Terroá: Debating sustainable product chains and leadership skills for SDG localization

On 12-13 November Terroá co-hosted a seminar on differentiation and traceability of socio-biodiversity product chains in the Amazon region. The seminar was held in Brasília and resulted from a partnership between Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Family Farming and Agrarian Development (SEAD) and the German development agency (GIZ or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, in German).

Supporting the event alongside Terroá were the following projects and organizations: ECO-Consult, IPAM Amazônia, WWF Brasil, the Private Business Action for Biodiversity project (PBAB – GIZ/MMA), the Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity (ICMBIO/USAID/USFS), Projeto Bem Diverso (Embrapa/PNUD/GEF) and Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO).

Adding value to and strengthening socio-biodiversity product chains are two of the main strategies to protect the Amazon nowadays. Certification, best practice standards, and other mechanisms of product differentiation are crucial tools to achieve that aim. During the seminar, over 100 representatives of corporate, government and civil society organizations discussed socio-biodiversity product chains in the Amazon region and how to improve their access to markets and ensure sustainable management practices. Participants shared their experiences on the issue and assessed alternatives to differentiate sustainable product chains in the region, possible ways to ensure traceability, and desirable public policies and public-private partnerships to foster and implement differentiation in the long term.

Best practices and inter-sectoral solutions presented during the discussions were compiled in a reference document containing recommendations for different stakeholders of five main product chains: açaí, chestnut, pirarucu, cacao and plant oil.

According to Luís Fernando Iozzi, Project Director at Terroá, “we are very excited with the results. It was an honour for our team to apply our methodology and facilitate dialogue during the seminar, thereby contributing not only with participatory processes, but also with technical issues involved in the strengthening of socio-biodiversity product chains in Brazil. We have already brought to our partners some of the solutions that came up in the seminar and we hope we will put them in practice in a near future”. 

Terroá also held a workshop on conscious leadership on 14-16 September in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. The aim of the three-day workshop was to foster conscious leadership skills among participants and provide them with both conceptual and practical tools to lead and inspire impactful change to localize the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Three different leadership dimensions were discussed during the event: leadership in personal transformation, leadership in organizational transformation, and leadership in collective transformation. For all three levels, participants were invited to explore the insights and practical contributions provided by a wide set of theories and approaches, including U Theory, mindfulness, non-violent communication, social and emotional intelligence, and the principles of sustainable development.

The workshop was conducted by a multidisciplinary team of facilitators both from Terroá and from partner institutions and welcomed participants from the private sector, civil society organizations, the public sector and academia.

Article by Instituto Terroá
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