Supporting “Planes de Vida”
We are helping the Sápara people with a natural resource plan for their territory so they may optimize and sustainably manage the resources in their territories.
Natural resource plans are created through collaborative decision-making, and provide tools for self-governance and participatory management that harnesses the collective wisdom of the community.
Securing Legal Recognition for Ancestral Territories
We provide administrative support for indigenous groups across the Amazon basin.
We have supported the mapping, titling, and participatory census of Achuar, Shiwiar, Sápara, and Shuar territories, the preliminary step in construction and implementation of a Global Information System, and continue to work on this activity with the Sápara and Kichwa people.
Thanks to this effort, the Achuar, Shiwiar, and Shuar nationalities have secured legal recognition of 865,000 acres of ancestral territories in 2011, for a total of 1.8 million acres to date.
Forests and Climate Change
Ecuador is one of many countries with a UN-REDD National Program. We are helping indigenous groups understand how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) policies, and the Ecuadorian Government’s negotiations and implementation of these policies, will affect their lands and territories. It is also working to get Ecuador’s government to take collective rights into account in its REDD policy negotiations.