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Project in Peru, Ecuador

 

Beneficiaries: 7.360 people (1.600 families)

Starting date: Jun.2005

Ending date: Oct.2009

   

Binational Program (Peru and Ecuador) for conservation and participatory management of tropical forests in Chinchipe (2005-2009)

Oikos completes 4 years project - 2005 to 2009 - in Peru and Ecuador to promote the conservation of tropical forests of the binational basin in Chinchipe. A total of 7360 people benefited, representing about 1,600 families.

 

Political crises experienced in Peru and Ecuador in recent years exacerbated the poverty of rural areas, contributing to an increase in the emigration process of the peasant population of the Andean region which, for lack of other economic opportunities, occupied and deforested marginal forest areas the purpose of extracting timber and install temporary crops.

 

Numerous small timber men were in charge of the forestry that, while trying to maintain their livelihood, developed an illegal and predatory activity, risking the sustainability of their business. Local institutions, in turn, relied on insipient preparation and resources to deal with these problems.

 

All these restrictions generated a spiral that demotivated residents who depended on the proper management and conservation of the forest, which is why the Andean countries lose hundreds of thousands of hectares of rainforest each year and witness a decrease in its natural capital. To address this problem Oikos and its local partners ITDG, FACES Foundation and Caritas Jaén, implemented a project that created a model of sustainable forest management in the binational basin of Chinchipe with full participation of the local population.

 

The results were:

»Peasants and forestry producers in the basin increased their capacity to sustainably manage forest resources.

»Local governments and civil society of the binational basin established participatory mechanisms and opportunities for consultation to strengthen the handling and conservation of forest resources.

»The local and regional institutions have improved the knowledge of the basin forest potential where they belong. Relevant information was produced and disseminated relevant about the proper management of tropical forests in the Andean Amazon countries.

Some concrete examples...

»The authorities and provinces use the information generated by the project in their investment plans.

»Products with commercial potential were identified: laurel, bamboo, cascarilla and coffee conservation.

»Local populations sustainably manage over 600 acres of forests.

»Alliances were established with educational authorities to develop a proposal for environmental education.

»At least 600 families improve their family revenue potential thanks to the inclusion of forestry component within their production systems.

»25 members of a San Francisco loggers association established relations towards the direct timber commerce.

»50 promoters trained by the project provided technical assistance in the installation of nurseries and in the shift to a defined area of the sprout.

  

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