Preserving Indigenous Life with Alternative Economic Strategies
Working with our indigenous partners, we promote an innovative development model based on the recognition of and respect for collective rights of indigenous people.
From ecotourism projects to complementary currencies, economic alternatives that reinforce the value of an intact rainforest are of primary importance in the indigenous communities of the western Amazon basin.
Alternatives to Oil Development
We work with our indigenous partners to create a sustainable economic foundation for preserving their way of life, including:
- complementary currency systems to support rural development and promote local production, consumption and trade
- permaculture and aquaculture projects
- ecotourism projects, such as Kapawi Ecolodge, Ti’inkias Lodge, and Naku Lodge
- sharing of indigenous knowledge such as healing through dreams and biodiversity knowledge
- production of natural foods
- finding new partners to support alternative sustainable livelihoods
- empowering and strengthening their alliances and networks
- supporting self-determination and autonomy
We partnered with and supported the Achuar nation to form, gain ownership and manage two very successful companies:
- CEKSA, the company that manages the award-winning Kapawi Ecolodge
- Aerotsentsak, an Achuar-owned and managed airline flying to Achuar territory
Both companies demonstrate the potential for generating income and leadership capacities to support the autonomous development of the Achuar and other nationalities.