Ashaninka Avoided Deforestation in Peru's Central Amazon
Ecotribal has been working with Ashaninka villages in the Ene River region since 2004, when illegal loggers arrived in the region in search of mahogany trees. In response, Ecotribal was invited to help identify sustainable products, which could provide ongoing income streams. During the initial years, the focus was on eco-cultural tourism, women’s crafts (e.g. seed jewelry and woven cotton bags and clothing), coffee sales and agro-forestry tree planting in abandoned gardens.
This project is now in its fifth year of protecting the rainforest against commercial exploitation of its timber. In 2010, two neighbouring indigenous communities – Camantavishi and Parijaro – were invited by Cutivireni to join an expanded Avoided Deforestation Project. The basic concept is to provide an annual community income for the environmental service of conserving rather than selling their forest resources.
In February 2013, it was reported that the Participatory Diagnostic Analysis into the needs and skills development requirements of the communities has been carried out, along with 18 months of capacity building activities. These included administration and book keeping skills, climate change, solid waste management, sustainable agro-forestry, and basic motor mechanics.