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Furthermore, it assumes that affected communities need to be closely involved in the processes aimed at improving their socio-economic conditions. 

Therefore, local authorities and producer associations as well as the local population are integrated in the projects in order to strengthen their role in the sustainable development of their communities. In the context of forest conservation agreements, participating communities voluntarily commit themselves to permanently protecting defined forest areas from deforestation. Since the beginning of the measures, around 1,600 hectares of forest have already been protected by such agreements. In addition, more than 18,000 domestic wood and fruit trees have been newly planted.

The pilot projects are also dedicated to the sustainable cultivation of alternatives to coca, such as local fruits, cocoa, açaí, arazá and copoazú. In some measures, cocoa farmers and açai producers are supported in having their products certified and in concluding trade agreements with local companies in order to achieve fair prices and the continuity of these activities as an alternative.