The Threat of Oil Development
In late 2013, two blocks of rainforest were commissioned to oil companies for future development—blocks that make up the homeland of the Sápara people. And while no oil exploration has begun, Pachamama Alliance is partnering with the Sápara to ensure that doesn’t happen.
The Sápara territory is seen by many as a gateway into large swaths of pristine rainforest that border it; therefore, the protection of this area is of critical importance to managing the preservation of the entire region in addition to maintaining the cultural heritage of the Sápara people.
Manari Ushigua, Sápara President from the Bi-National Sápara Federation of Ecuador and Peru, speaking at our 2014 San Francisco Luncheon.
Our Work with the Sápara
Pachamama Alliance has supported the Sápara people with a variety of studies so they can create a natural resource plan for their territory to 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.
We have also worked with them to continue to build out their ecotourism project, Naku, to provide them with an alternative source of income. Learn more about our work with the Sápara.
Journey with the Sápara in the Rainforest
Interested in learning even more about the Sápara and the region they call home? Pachamama Alliance offers one-of-a-kind Journeys to the Amazon rainforest. This year we are offering an Immersion with the Sápara accompanied by Manari Ushigua (featured in the video above) and his mother, Mukusawa, an elder Sápara wisdom keeper and one of the last living speakers of their ancient language. There is also a special Journey for Men which includes a visit to the Sápara community.