After working successfully with 11 indigenous Awajun communities and the regional government of Amazonas to create the 114,406 acre Pamau Nain Conservation Concession in 2014, our local team is now supporting additional Awajun communities in establishing the Tijae Nain Conservation Concession to protect the rainforest’s rich biodiversity as well as their traditional way of life.
We’re working with the municipalities of Santiago de Méndez, Sigsig and Sevilla de Oro, where we are providing extensive technical support for the creation of three new reserves. In addition, we are partnering with FONAPA, the regional water fund, to establish a mechanism that will fund ongoing conservation activities within the reserve. Learn more.
These four protected areas will span roughly 71,750 acres across a variety of ecosystems, including Colombia’s Azufral volcano and stunning sulfur lake. Through the implementation of a co-management model, communities living in or near these reserves will be empowered to conserve their natural resources on their terms, and will benefit from an improved water supply.
Seeing the tangible benefits of watershed conservation, many municipalities in the Andean foothills of Santa Cruz are eager to declare municipal reserves that will help preserve their water supply and that of those living in the Cháco – Bolivia’s hottest region. By establishing a water use fee to fund conservation activities, these municipalities can sustain long term protection of these key areas.