Instituto Terroá, a finalist in the Connect category of the 2023 UN SDG Action Awards, is promoting sustainable environmental practices and entrepreneurship in several locations in Brazil. The institute combines educational activities and community initiatives to get various population groups, including youth and children, involved in actions for the SDGs.
In Ribeirão Preto, school children get hands on exposure to sustainable agriculture by planting and harvesting their own beans in a community garden. Other local community members also have the chance to learn about agricultural techniques and food security through an educational event during the Global Week to #Act4SDGs.
Additionally, Instituto Terroá supports the AmazonBai cooperative, a network of sustainable açaí producers that hosts visitors who want to learn about their efforts to conserve the Amazon rainforest. Maintaining a harmonious relationship between a community and its environment is also the focus of another sustainable planting initiative in the municipality of Ubatuba.
Apart from its work on environmental practices, the SDG Action Awards finalist is also working on reducing inequalities and stimulating economic growth by providing skills training to young migrants in Manaus and supporting their entrepreneurial activities.
Overall, Instituto Terroá’s activities are a strong example of connecting and mobilizing people to work together on SDGs 2, 8 and 13.