The Amazon Regional Observatory is constituted as a permanent virtual forum, through the website of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, ACTO, which promotes the flow of information between institutions and intergovernmental authorities of the Member Countries, linked to the study of the Amazonia, becoming a reference center for regional scientific-technological information and socio-cultural diversity of the Amazon.
Collect, process, organize and disseminate comprehensive and internationally comparable official information among the Member Countries, providing information services agreed with the competent national public institutions through their foreign ministries, for the study and development of the Amazon region in the defined topics previously.
The Amazon Regional Observatory will contribute with the exchange of information on specific studies carried out by the Member Countries, at their request and approval, on the basis of existing research, including a periodic inventory of research initiatives, researchers and Amazonian institutions or that act in the Amazon.
At the end of 2019, the Permanent Secretariat of ACTO took the decision to effectively implement the ORA and thus began an intense work to fulfill this purpose, inaugurating this regional milestone on November 10, 2021.
At the end of 2019 and during 2020, each member country was consulted again to develop an updated concept so that the ARO can become a Reference Center whose information and data can be used mainly for decision making in public management and to support the development of public policies in the Amazonian countries. It will also serve the different stakeholders in the Amazon region, public institutions, government authorities, the scientific community, academia, NGOs and civil society in general.
The Amazon Regional Observatory is based on one of the mandates of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty (ACT), signed in 1978 by the eight ACTO Member Countries. Article VII refers to the need to promote cooperation in scientific research and the exchange of information in order to increase knowledge of the flora and fauna resources of the Amazonian territories, as well as to establish a regular system for the adequate exchange of information.
Thus, the political mandate to establish the Observatory was delegated to ACTO through a decision adopted during the XI Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in 2011. Since then, different working groups formed with representatives of ACTO Member Countries have contributed with discussions on the concept and characteristics of the Amazon Regional Observatory.
To guarantee the consensus of the work of the Amazon Regional Observatory, the following guidelines will be followed:
The Amazon Regional Observatory shall:
The Amazon Regional Observatory will have the following powers:
The management of the Amazon Regional Observatory will be carried out through a Steering Committee that will be responsible for the implementation of the decisions established by the institutional framework of ACTO (Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs). To coordinate and facilitate its work, it will have the support of the Permanent Secretariat of ACTO. The provision of information that the Observatory will deliver to the Permanent Secretariat of ACTO implies carrying out a preliminary work for the organization of data, indices and indicators, which must be endorsed by the Foreign Ministries of each Member Country, for the purposes that are useful. in the analyzes or projections that are intended to be carried out.
Constituted by the government representatives of each Member Country to safeguard parity and equality in decision-making, duly appointed through the Foreign Ministries of the Member Countries; It may count, depending on the topics to be addressed, with the participation of delegates from other sector ministries duly designated by the Member Countries.
Decisions on the activities of the Observatory will be adopted by consensus of all Member Countries.
It will be responsible for preparing the proposals for priorities and work guidelines of the Amazon Regional Observatory, through the procedures agreed upon by the Member Countries.
It will hold a face-to-face meeting that will be chaired by the host Member Country, and may have virtual follow-up meetings. The same modality will be adopted in the case of the establishment of specific Working Groups for the activities of the Amazon Regional Observatory.
It is the responsibility of the Steering Committee to know and evaluate future proposals to improve the functioning mechanism of the Amazon Regional Observatory, at the request of one or more Member Countries or the SP / ACTO.
The Steering Committee, in coordination with the SP / ACTO, will establish the necessary mechanisms for cooperation, articulation and sustainability among the Member Countries, in order to guarantee continuity and results of the proposed objectives.
Said Steering Committee may, if it deems it pertinent, establish specific Working Groups for the activities of the Amazon Regional Observatory and may maintain complementary activities with other initiatives on Amazonian information developed by the Member Countries.
It will have a small and flexible structure for the work system, whose main objectives will be:
The financing for the participation of the delegates in the Steering Committee or in the specific Working Groups for the activities of the Amazon Regional Observatory, will come from the budgets of the national institutions of the Member Countries.
The financing of the structure and human talent of the Amazon Regional Observatory (operational operation, exercise of its powers and maintenance and support of the technological platform), will come from national institutional budgets of the Member Countries, these resources being understood as those necessary to maintain the operational operation of the same in each Member Country
The initial management of the Amazon Regional Observatory must be made up, both in its Steering Committee and in the Working Groups, by technicians from the Member Countries and / or public servants of the Ministries or official institutions in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation
The Amazon Regional Observatory shall adopt the necessary measures to complement its activities with future initiatives of regional cooperation through the Foreign Ministries, which are agreed between the Member Countries of ACTO. To do this, through consensus, you can adapt your management structure
Within a period of no more than 60 days from the approval of this initiative, the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Amazon Regional Observatory will be held, in which the procedures for its operation and annual work plan and other constituent documents will be drawn up, which will be submitted to the ACTO decision-making bodies for consideration. The SP / ACTO will take care of the necessary arrangements for the convocation and organization of this first meeting.