All AFV projects are implemented following Free Prior and Informed Consent meetings (FPIC) with the local communities. The indigenous communities are thus empowered to decide on the projects they wish to prioritize and the conditions under which they will be implemented. It is not only the right to be consulted, but a guarantee that the economic, social and cultural rights of the indigenous people will be protected and promoted. This is the basis of AFV's intervention in the field.
The main objective of AFV is to promote the protection of the biodiversity in tropical rainforests, their indigenous people and their ancestral cultures. AFV promotes the recognition of the rights
of the First People to ensure the good management and defense of their habitat.
AFV is currently establishing an institute within the Xingu indigenous territory in partnership with local community organizations, which will be named after the late indigenous leader “Aritana” of the Yawalapiti tribe. The Aritana Institute will host the agro-ecology and reforestation program, but also function as headquarter for the forest surveillance program. It will moreover become the repository of the indigenous people’s ancestral culture and have a class room for educational and training purposes.
The ground stone for the building of the Institute’s headquarter will be laid as soon as the travel restrictions to and from the Xingu-indigenous territory are lifted, which is estimated to occur around summer 2021.