Rights for Nature: Following its groundbreaking success last year in championing the inclusion of legal Rights for Nature in Ecuador’s new Constitution, Pachamama, in partnership with the Community of Andean Nations, has initiated a campaign to have Rights for Nature adopted into the legal structures of the other Andean nations of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
Climate Change: Pachamama participated, and insured that indigenous voices were involved, in a series of Amazonian regional workshops and international conferences in Norway, Germany and Thailand in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.
Cross-Border Network: Pachamama hosted the first official meeting of the Cross-Border Network, bringing together indigenous peoples whose territories span the borders of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil to discuss complex common issues of security and environmental protection.
Eco-Tourism: Pachamama provided training for the Achuar in financial and natural resource management aspects of eco-tourism and the financial support for the first group of Achuar students to complete a two-year university program in eco-tourism management. These graduates will play key roles in the future leadership of the Achuar’s award winning eco-tourism lodge, Kapawi.
Fish Farming: Pachamama supported the initiation and construction of fish farm projects in 14 communities in Ecuador’s Amazon, promoting economic development and food sovereignty for the region.
New Money Systems: In order to spur regional economic activity, Pachamama launched a project in partnership with Ecuador’s largest national network of credit co-operatives to build a local alternative exchange/money system, complementary to the official US dollar.
Jungle Mamas: Pachamama completed the first phase of a training program on maternal health, designed to ensure safe birthing and the well being of pregnant women and newborns. Fourteen Achuar women and men graduated to become “Master Trainers” and the program will be expanded this coming year.
Pachamama’s Rainforest Trips: More than 170 people experienced a life-changing journey to the heart of the Achuar territory, connecting with the indigenous people, the origins of The Pachamama Alliance, and the spirit of the rainforest itself.