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About Amazon Partnerships Foundation

  1. 1. Empowering Indigenous Communities to Fight Climate Change Presented by Susan King and Mary Fifield
  2. 2. Overview <ul><ul><li>Our Story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where We Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What We Do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What We’ve Accomplished </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How You Can Help </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Our Story <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>The basics; an U.S-Ecuadorian organization that promotes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equilibrium between human activity and nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to indigenous cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service at the base of the Amazon </li></ul></ul>Our Mission Partner with indigenous Kichwa people in the Ecuadorian Amazon Fund small projects designed and implemented by local people and provide intensive training in project management. Our vision: new awareness for sustainable living based on equality among people in harmony with the natural world .
  4. 4. Where We Work Napo Province, Ecuadorian Amazon <ul><ul><li>Kichwa, largest indigenous group in the Ecuadorian Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>71% of people live in poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized as a global conservation priority </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What We Do (that’s different) Project committee from San Pedro de Auca Parti <ul><ul><li>Break “we know what’s good for you” cycle; idea germinated in 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower them to take ownership has garnered great interest from Ministry of Environment and German Development Corporation </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What We Do <ul><ul><li>Confront climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide environmentally sustainable household income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conserve values inherent in traditional indigenous culture </li></ul></ul>Grants and training for community-driven conservation projects Projects That. . . <ul><ul><li>Reforestation and agroforestry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production and marketing of traditional, sustainable handicrafts </li></ul></ul>Project Such As . . . Handicrafts produced locally by Kichwa
  7. 7. What We Do <ul><ul><ul><li>Composting Toilets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not use water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not contaminate water or soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce organic compost </li></ul></ul>Adapting to Climate Change <ul><ul><ul><li>Rainwater catchment systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide clean water without impacting streams or wetlands, which are threatened by climate change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reforestation/Organic Agriculture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>400 hardwood and fruit trees planted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greenhouses for organic cacao seedlings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What We Do Climate Change Education Award—winning Luna Productions produced documentary in local language (Kichwa) Interviewed Kichwa elders and community leaders Emphasized the crucial role of Kichwa communities as environmental stewards Teaching tool on impacts of climate change 12,000 people have seen this video in just 1 year (including TV broadcast) Life and Breath : Kichwa People Confront Climate Change in the Amazon
  9. 9. What We’ve Accomplished <ul><li>Since 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More than 1400 people in 7 communities and 5 schools have been impacted by our grants and training program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>84 rainwater catchment systems installed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 composting toilets constructed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>450 trees planted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70 workshops in 11 communities </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What We’re Planning <ul><li>Grow from the Roots </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 15 projects annuallly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training for youth environmental leaders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>International school exchanges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scale Up </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grassroots involvement in large-scale conservation projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Replicate our model with other national/international organizations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you Find out more & donate today at: www.amazonpartnerships.org