More than 3500 projects implemented around the world
More than 3,500 projects implemented around the world

GOPA project database

Since its founding in 1965, GOPA has successfully implemented over 3,500 projects in more than 130 countries. At present, over 140 are being carried out. This database provides a selection of projects best illustrating GOPA’s fields of activity.

Technical assistance to the German-Brazilian programme for tropical forests

Rural Development and Environment
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Donor Organisation: 
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Project Volume: 
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Start of project: 
June, 2011
End of project: 
December, 2014

The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest on the planet continuously and at the same time, one of the most threatened ecosystems. The high rates of deforestation have their origins in weak institutional structures and unsustainable forms of land use. During the past 20 years, Brazilian governments, just as the international community, were becoming sensitized more about these problems and initiated a series of actions to protect this exceptional forest ecosystem. The German Cooperation has played an important role in this context and cooperated in the implementation of two major forest protection programs (PPG7 and ARPA), as well as several other related activities. As a result, deforestation rates have decreased, the legal and political situation improved, sustainable strategies for use of natural resources were tested and refined in projects with local producers and support for forest protection through civil society and private organizations increased.

Project details


With the current "Tropical Forest Programme" the German Cooperation aims to consolidate these different experiences and promote their up-scaling and mainstreaming in the respective Brazilian institutions. With this aim, the contribution of the Technical Cooperation Programme operates in five themes (1. Protected Areas, 2. Sustainable Forest Management, 3. Prevention and Control of Deforestation, 4. Territorial and 5. Local and Regional Economic Development). GOPA was responsible for execution of the first two, with their respective lines of action, as follows:

Theme 1: Management of protected areas

Objective: Management capacity of the public (federal and state) environmental agencies is strengthened, particularly in the states of Acre, Amazonas and Pará (AC, AM and PA).

Action Line 1: Result oriented management

Objective: The institutionalization of Result Oriented Management is consolidated in the management bodies of Conservation Units (CUs) at the state and federal levels.

Action Line 2) Economic sustainability: a) administrative b) of the beneficiary population of the CUs

Objectives: a) Governmental strategy for funding of Protected Areas (PA) is defined and established, b) Government strategy defined and implemented to facilitate people's access to public policies of PAs to improve living conditions and environmental conservation.

Action Line 3) Planning and governance AP

Objective: The management of AP is performed more effectively and seamlessly through: a) CU groups (clusters), b) private areas and c) participatory management

Theme 2: Sustainable forest management

Objective: The management capacity of public (federal and state), forest agencies especially in the states of Acre, Amazonas and Pará, is strengthened to implement forest co-management and to promote sustainable forestry in the Amazon region, in cooperation with civil society and the business sector.

Action Line 1: Forest concession

Objective: Policies and procedures for forest concessions are enhanced and functional.

Action Line 2: Community forest management

Objective: The role of the Brazilian Forest Service within the Programme "Community and Household Forest Management" (MFCF) is efficient and contributes to a significant increase in the number of Forest Management Plans.

Action Line 3: Platform for exchange in forest management

Objective: Information about forests available and used for integrated / decentralized forest management.

  • Consulting through the provision of 4 long-term experts and 114 person-months of short-term assistance to the institutions Ministry of Environment (MMA), Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the Brazilian Forest Service (SFB);
  • Implementation of training activities in PA management methodologies, strategic planning, conflict management, participative and shared management, integrated management of Protected Areas;
  • Identification and implementation of tools aimed at financial sustainability of PAs and the population living from them;
  • Elaboration / contracting of at least 5 analytical studies on governance of protected areas, clusters of CUs and adaptation of ecosystems to climate change, conducted by research institutions;
  • Implementation of a CUs management monitoring system to ascertain the degree of fulfillment of each Management Plan;
  • Advising the State Secretaries for Environment of Acre, Amazonas and Pará in specific areas of protected areas and forest management and strengthening cooperation among themselves and between them and the federal institutions;
  • Supporting the development of forest management tools (concessions, forest information exchange network between federal, state and stakeholder levels).