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  1. Alianza Ceibo

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    Alianza Ceibo (Ceibo Alliance) is comprised of members from four indigenous nations in the western Amazon that are together building a holistic movement to prevent the destruction of their cultures and rainforest territories.

    The Alliance was created in 2014 in response to oil fields polluting local water sources. In the process of building rainwater catchment systems (to store water for irrigation and other uses), they learned of common threats facing them all.

    Believing that they are stronger together, Alianza Ceibo started a movement to:

    • Empower communities to defend their territories through land patrols, high-tech monitoring and mapping, legal strategies and media campaigns;
    • Connect youth with their cultural roots, leadership opportunities and each other so they value their identity and their forest and fight to protect it. Indigenous-made films, medicinal plant gardens and ceremonial spaces have been created as part of this work;
    • Create solutions to the destruction of local forests, including building solar energy in communities and the creation of women-led micro-enterprises to promote sustainable economic alternatives to rainforest destruction while preserving endangered food crops and medicinal plants.
  2. YAKUM

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    In 2016, the founder of YAKUM went to Ecuador to learn about deforestation and agroforestry. In 2017 he returned and found some local ethnobotanical experts, with whom he visited many indigenous communities.

    The Shuars in particular liked the idea of regenerating pasture-land with the forgotten foods and medicines of their forefathers and mothers, and over six months, they set up 15 small sites in ten Amazon communities, using over 100 culturally important species.

    They stayed with many families and talked for hours about needs, pressures, deforestation and cultural erosion. They often struck a chord when talking about food culture, nutrition and forest loss. They built a nursery in one community and it was incredibly successful. They built a couple more, and then a couple more. YAKUM now works with hundreds of community members in ten communities.

    YAKUM wishes to bring together core members of different communities to deliver permaculture and agroforestry workshops, ensuring that it not only “reforests” with them but regenerates, ensuring high yields, less pests and rich soil.

    The project’s vision is for these communities to become centres of excellence in Amazon agroforestry and conservation and lead the projects themselves, through capacity building and youth leadership development.

  3. Ripanu

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    In August 2018, Ripanu’s founder conducted an investigation about the Sapara people and how they have resisted oil drilling. One of the communities visited, Ripanu, was interested in making an ecological tourism project as a strategy for halting oil drilling on their lands.

    Hence, the idea was co-developed to build a centre focused on the conservation of the rainforest, the teaching of controlled dreaming, and the emotional, mental and spiritual healing and rejuvenation of visitors using ancestral and natural medicine.

    The centre would consist of five huts for a total of 20 people. It would be built on Sapara lands, in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and promoted via a website using videos, photos and messages from the Ripanu community, inviting people from all over the world to heal, rejuvenate and dream in the midst of the rainforest of the Sapara lands.

    The Sapara people are an indigenous ethnolinguistic Amazonian group at risk of disappearing over recent decades, despite the fact that UNESCO proclaimed their Orality and Cultural Manifestations as Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Only four elders speak the Sapara language. The project’s aim is to defend the ancestral lands of the Sapara people from the oil industry, regenerate the ancestral Sapara culture, and live in harmony and peace with the natural habitat.

  4. Dressing the Mountains in Green

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    We regenerate the mountain ecosystems of our ancestral Andean lands through afforestation and reforestation with native species, and with the capture and propagation of beneficial microorganisms to improve soil fertility.

    We provide trainings for campesino families in the importance of reforestation, conservation of natural resources, and returning to indigenous agro-ecological farming methods. We support community livelihoods by providing fruit trees, medicinal plants and Andean grains for family gardens.

    For us, the regeneration of soils and waters goes hand in hand with regeneration of culture and ancestral knowledge. As such we are an example of both social and ecological regeneration.