The AquaBio Project has as its main goal the promotion of strategic actions aimed at the integrated management of aquatic biodiversity and of water resources in the Amazon Basin, guaranteeing their conservation and sustainable use. The Project has its foundation in the partnership between the public sector, civil society, and educational and research institutions, among others, in such a way that the conservation of aquatic biodiversity be internalized, in a participatory manner, in the policies and programs for development of the Amazon. AquaBio is structured in four components: Public Plans and Policies (coordination and formation of partnerships); Demonstrative Activities (support for local projects); Enablement and Management (offers information on aquatic biodiversity); and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Dissemination of Information (general coordination of the project).

The AquaBio covers part of the three tributaries of the Amazon River: The Negro River (municipalities of Novo Airão, Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, and Manaus, in the state of Amazonas), the Xingu River (municipalities of Água Boa, Canarana, and Querência, in the state of Mato Grosso), and the Tocantins River (four municipalities to be selected within nine located in the region downstream of the UHE Tucuruí – Abaetetuba, Barcarena, Igarapé-Miri, Limoeiro do Ajuru, Oeiras do Pará, Cametá, Baião, Mocajuba, and Moju, in the state of Pará).

Source: Site of the AquaBio Project. Accessed in November 2010.