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Community-led conservation of the Yurúa River Basin

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, near the Peru-Brazil border, Rainforest Partnership is laying the foundation for long-term, effective conservation of approximately 112,851 acres of primary forest by supporting community-led conservation and collaborative management between five indigenous peoples. By strengthening local capacities, promoting environmental education, conducting research, and building sustainable economic livelihoods with the diverse indigenous communities that make up the Yurúa Communal Conservation Association (ACCY), we ensure the success of conservation efforts and resilience to external threats in the long term.

Impact

Location

Yurúa River basin, Ucayali Region in the Peruvian Amazon along the Peru-Brazil border

Impact

  • Strengthening community planning through the development of Life Plans in three native communities 
  • Expanding access to basic services such as clean water, solar energy, internet, education and food security, supporting the well-being of 3 ACCY member native communities
  • Supporting implementation of a gender strategy to benefit women from the nine native communities that are members of ACCY
  • Strengthening protected area management of the Yurúa conservation concession

Project Overview

In 2020, Rainforest Partnership was invited to work with the Yurúa Communal Conservation Association (ACCY), an association of nine local communities of five indigenous peoples (Asheninka, Yaminahua, Ashaninka, Amahuaca, and Yanesha) to support conservation and sustainable livelihoods in the region.

By supporting sustainable economies, education, and the ACCY’s management of their Conservation Concession, this project will strengthen food security and economic stability, building community resilience to external threats and ensuring long-term and successful monitoring, management, and conservation of this area of the deep Amazon.

We are: strengthening monitoring of the Conservation Concession to prevent illegal deforestation, helping the communities establish private protected areas, building Life Plans and resource management plans with several communities, creating environmental education programming, supporting food security and nutrition, and developing economic livelihoods through the study and commercialization of medicinal plants and the creation of an “Ethnobotanical Garden.”

Our environmental education work includes producing publications in indigenous languages; having educational materials in their own language is crucial to empowering the community to lead conservation in the long-term, far beyond the time frame of this project.

Partners

ACCY constituent communities: Koshireni, Oori, Santa Rosa, Nueva Santa Ana, Nueva Victoria, Dorado, San Pablo, Dulce Gloria and Beu.

Organizational partners: indigenous peoples federation ACONADIYSH, the Yurúa Communal Conservation Association (ACCY), Yunkawasi, the Ministry of Environment’s National Park Service SERNANP, and Alto Purus National Park.

Current Actions on the Ground

Capacity building activities

  • Facilitating strong collaboration between nine ACCY communities for effective long-term resource management, monitoring and conservation programs, and resilience against the threats of deforestation

Private Protected Area 

  • Providing technical support to ACCY's partner communities for the establishment of private protected areas and a "protection belt" or buffer zone around the concession

Medicinal plants as a sustainable livelihood 

  • Conducting an ethnobotanical study in the ACCY Ethnobotanical Garden, coordinating workshops and supporting the communities in sustainable production and commercialization to develop new sources of income

Research and environmental education materials 

  • Working with local communities and educational institutions to create “learning experiences” and environmental programming and to create written curriculum and publications in indigenous languages

Life Plans and land and resource management plans 

  • Creating long-term conservation strategies with the communities that make up the ACCY through the design and implementation of life plans, which allow achieving local development with an intercultural approach

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