Last Saturday, BrazilFoundation grantee Fundação Brasil Cidadão was awarded at a Rio+20 side event the “Atlantic Forest Market Seal”, a certificate of socio-environmental stewardship for initiatives working in Brazil’s coastal woodlands.

The program, Mulheres de Corpo e Algas (Women of Body and Algae), supports the women of Icapuí in harvesting and processing algae into a variety of products, such as soaps and shampoos, as well as culinary ingredients, which are then commercialized. Fundação Brasil Cidadão was first supported by BrazilFoundation in 2005 and is active in the region through several social responsibility and local sustainable development initiatives.