December 15, 2021 / News
PRIO launches book on Environmental Education Projects in the Campos Basin
PRIO, the largest independent oil and gas company in Brazil and a pioneer in recovering and extending the useful life of mature fields, launches the book “The History of PEAs: A Look at Environmental Education Projects in Oil and Gas Licensing”.
The publication is dedicated to fisherwomen and artisanal fishermen who participate in Environmental Education Projects (PEAs), required as a condition of the environmental licensing of oil and gas production activities.
The Story of the SAPs” Book
The book tells the story of the PEAs from the accounts and experiences of these traditional groups that integrate one or more projects of the Campos Basin Environmental Education Program (PEA/BC), conducted by PRIO and other operators.
These reports and experiences were registered by means of interviews during the research “Social Impact Assessment: A critical reading of the impacts of offshore oil and gas exploration and production on the artisanal fishing communities located in the coastal municipalities of Rio de Janeiro”, known as the “Fishing Impacts Project”.
“Environmental Education projects should seek to amplify the voice and promote the qualified participation of traditional groups, who live in an extractive way, in the decision making spaces of public environmental management in order to improve the quality of local life, says Aline Almeida, responsible for the project at PRIO.
Executed between 2017 and 2020, the “Impacts on Fisheries” Project is the result of a Conduct Adjustment Term (TAC), required by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), IBAMA and the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) due to the oil spill that occurred in the Frade Field, in the Campos Basin, in 2011.
With the sale of the Frade Field in March 2019, the operator responsible for the TAC became PRIO, and the Brazilian Biodiversity Conservation Fund (FUNBIO) manages its resources and projects.
These initiatives have resulted in support for research, environmental education projects aimed at generating work and income, and environmental conservation, in addition to promoting access to TAC resources for small institutions linked to artisanal fisheries.
“This book is another testimony that it is possible to do critical environmental education in Brazil, as advocated by the National Policy of Environmental Education in its principles and guidelines. It is also the practical demonstration of the potential of a public policy that allows resources to be accessed by grassroots movements of artisanal fisheries. It is the Pedagogy of Transforming by Transforming, that is, people transform themselves at the same time that they are collectively contributing to the transformation of their community,” adds Aline Almeida.
Read the book “History of EAPs”.
PEA Network Observation
(As of May 2021, the REMA and Observation PEAs have merged to form the Observation Network PEA)
Responsible Operator: PRIO
Company responsible for execution: Ambiental Engenharia
Start Year: 2021
Termination: As long as there is production.
Promote the monitoring of socio-environmental transformations resulting from the impacts of the oil and gas production chain, in municipalities of the Campos Basin.
Municipalities where it is present
Araruama, Armação dos Búzios, Arraial do Cabo, Cabo Frio, Macaé, Rio das Ostras, Campos dos Goytacazes, São Francisco de Itabapoana, and São João da Barra (RJ) and Itapemirim and Presidente Kenedy (ES).
What the environmental project looks like
The participants of the PEA ObservAção Network are organized with the objective of identifying and monitoring the impacts of the oil and gas production chain and promoting the development of coping strategies to improve the local quality of life.
Its actions enable a targeted intervention in public environmental management and in the struggle for access to collective rights.
Through the Project, observatories were implemented in each of the 11 municipalities of operation.
In each of them, there is a project headquarters, where infrastructure and equipment are available for the implementation of pedagogical activities.
The observatories are maintained as associations, which enables community participation in councils and other collective decision-making spaces that require civil society representation to be formalized.
The participants of the PEA ObservAção Network belong to different social groups in each of the municipalities, such as: fishermen, family farmers, quilombolas and favela communities.
Every year, each observatory defines the theme with which it will work during that year. In São Francisco de Itabapoana, for example, the struggle is for the strengthening of artisanal fishing and for access to public policies.
From the choice of the theme, the training processes of the ObservAção Network are based on participatory methodologies that use popular communication tools.
Such as audiovisual productions and the Theater of the Oppressed, to help the participants of the educational action to understand the causes of the socio-environmental problems that involve their lives, and to collectively elaborate ways to organize themselves and forward their demands for the transformation of reality.
Each year, the participants from each municipality produce videos and/or Forum Theater plays based on the chosen themes, in order to highlight and contribute to the visibility of environmental conflicts experienced from the theme.
The videos and plays are presented in squares and other spaces, in order to mobilize other people and help the struggle and achievements of groups in vulnerable situations.