The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and all its surroundings, including Atins, are areas of environmental protection. This region represents a heritage of wild nature, with traditional communities of fishermen and great craftsmen. Recently, many people from all over the world have chosen to visit this destination.
The region is experiencing accelerated and unplanned development in the tourism and craft industries. The Brazilian handicraft is mainly concentrated in the Northeast region and has the use of millennial techniques in its diversity of materials; thereby ensuring the livelihood of many families and communities in the region.
Among cutters, engravers, sculptors, painters, potters, weavers, embroiderers, weavers, buriti straw is the “star”, turning into purses, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, nécessaires through these skilled craftsmen.
This region represents a heritage of wild nature with traditional communities of fishermen and great craftsmen, for that reason, the Association Atins Sustainable was created in 2016. Formally constituted by residents and businessmen of the village with the common dream to make this a better place for all, promoting and supporting sustainable tourism and the preservation of natural and human resources of the region.
In addition, the Association contributes to the social, cultural and economic development of the region, improving people’s quality of life and preserving the environment, thus developing an environmentally responsible, just and conscientious community.
Based in the village of Atins, municipality of Barreirinhas State of Maranhão, the non-profit association, acts with the purpose of promoting research and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.
Constituted in 2008, AMARES has been carrying out socio-environmental activities, especially in Maranhão territory.
The Institute counts on an experienced multidisciplinary team, engaged in the search for the preservation and conservation of biota and aquatic ecosystems, through the promotion of scientific studies that guarantee the expansion of knowledge about biodiversity, especially aquatic vertebrates. The Amares Institute believes that through the social and environmental view it manages to build a sustainable life.
For more information about Lençois Maranhenses National Park visit the Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBIO).