Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship

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Through this fellowship, we are creating opportunities for indigenous leaders to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss using the traditional knowledge of men and women.


Indigenous and traditional peoples’ knowledge, together with biodiversity and climate-related science, can help communities facing increasing threats on their lands and territories to confront the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. At the same time, a better understanding of how men and women interact with their environment, and the development of culturally appropriate methods to better engage everyone in management efforts, will help to confront the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.



Fellowship information

Ranging from 8 to 12 months, the Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship creates opportunities for leaders from indigenous and traditional peoples communities and organizations in east Africa, Asia (Mekong Delta & Indonesia) and the Amazon basin. These fellowships, which provide funding to support a research project and professional development, are co-sponsored by regional indigenous organizations: Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordination Committee (IPACC), Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA) in the Amazon basin. Through research and/or on-the ground activities, fellows will contribute to local solutions and all levels of policymaking.


Fellowship details

The 2014-2015 Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship application process has ended. Please read about this year’s fellows below, and check back in May 2015 for information about next year’s opportunities.

 

Meet the Fellows

The current and past fellows are a diverse group of passionate individuals from around the world. They are conservationists, community activists, farmers, scientists and more. Take some time to learn more about each of them.

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Edit Item Title:Celmira Padron Barreto, Colombia
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Edit Item Text:Celmira Padron Barreto is a teacher from the eastern Guainia region of Colombia who works on community-based environmental education. Her project, creating a guide of ancestral sustainable agricultural practices and climate change adaptation, will focus specifically on the knowledge and traditions of the indigenous Curripaco women. In this culture, women are responsible for agriculture and ensuring local food security, and it is important to better understand and record these practices so the knowledge is not lost.
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Edit Item Title:Xaoher Norxai, Laos
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Edit Item Text:Xaoher Norxai is an environmental scientist and a member of the Association for Vulnerable Children and Community Development. His fellowship will focus on a village water management project, supporting activities with an indigenous Hmong village in central Laos. Slash and burn rice agriculture, combine with increasing climate change impacts, is causing detrimental effects on the village’s surrounding watersheds and forests. This fellowship will support the village to identify and adopt more sustainable agricultural practices, participate in activities to conserve the local watershed and ultimately adapt to a changing climate.
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Edit Item Title:Benjamin Owuor Onyango, Kenya
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Edit Item Text:Benjamin Owuor Onyango is a forester currently working as a researcher at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute. His project about gender and benefit sharing in participatory forest management will focus in the Gathiuru forest of central Kenya. As a forester working closely with communities, Onyango has realized that the benefits stemming from good forest management largely go to men. His project aims to better understand how decisions are made in the Community Forest Associations and identify methods to encourage more equal benefit sharing.
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Edit Item Title:Arcangel Agapito, Colombia
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Arcangel Agapito, a member of the Puinave indigenous people located in the State of Inirida in the Colombian Amazon, systematized the traditional knowledge applied in the use of soil, water and biodiversity in his region’s indigenous communities. Actively engaged with the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC), he also participated in the Amazon Summit II organized by COICA.

VIDEO: Traditional Environmental Practices in Colombia

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Yance Arizona, a member of the Kerinci Tribe in Indonesia and a program manager of Law & Society at the Epistema Institute and a lecturer at the Law Department of President University, identified indigenous traditional practices to promote conservation-based forest management in the Kirinci District of Sumatra Island.

VIDEO: Exploring Conflict: State Law & Indigenous Customs

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Edit Item Title:Beatrice Lempaira, Kenya
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Beatrice Lempaira, a Maasai woman from a semi-nomadic community northwest of Mount Kenya, documented traditional knowledge on planned grazing (a practice where livestock are made to mimic how herds of wildebeest and other wild animals use the land) and conducted research about the different roles men and women play in decision-making for livestock management.

VIDEO: Finding the Balance for Maasai Women on the Range

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Edit Item Title:Ikal Angelei, Kenya
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Edit Item Text:Ikal Angelei, from the Lake Turkana region of Kenya, founded Friends of Lake Turkana, a community trust, in October 2009 to promote environmental justice, resource rights and community rights within the Lake Turkana Basin, with the goal of increasing Lake Turkana basin communities’ participation in environmental policy protection, sustainable management and use of natural resources.
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Edit Item Title:Zenón Gomel Apaza, Peru
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Edit Item Text:Zenón Gomel Apaza, a smallholder farmer in the rural community of Pucara, founded the nonprofit organization Asociación Savia Andina Pucará (ASAP) and developed measures to strengthen the capacities of indigenous peasant communities in Andean agriculture and the protection of biodiversity and the environment.
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Edit Item Title:Diana Nascimento, Brazil
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Edit Item Text:Diana Nascimento, from the Paraná state of Brazil, was awarded a seat at the Federal University of Paraná-UFPR, which offers seven seats for indigenous students from all over Brazil. She returned to her community to combine her scientific knowledge with the traditional knowledge she and her community already possess to contribute to environmental and cultural enhancement of the Kaingang peoples.
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Edit Item Title:Dominique Bikaba, DRC
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Edit Item Text:Dominique Bikaba is the executive director of Strong Roots, a local organization in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that promotes conservation and sustainable development through educating and empowering the local and indigenous communities that live in the region of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, with a particular focus on protecting the eastern lowland gorilla. Bikaba is also a co-founding member of the Pole Pole Foundation, a 2010 Equator Prize winner.
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Edit Item Title:Juan Cusanero Elías, Guatemala
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Edit Item Text:Juan Cusanero Elías is an agro-ecological and environmental engineer from the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala. He works for Sotz'il, a Guatemalan indigenous environmental organization, and belongs to the Kaqchikel Maya people.
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Edit Item Title:Hindu Oumarou Ibrahim, Chad
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Edit Item Title:Akosita Rokomate, Fiji
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