Conservation International has trained, worked with and learned from indigenous peoples for more than 25 years. To ensure that our work respects the rights and voices of these communities and individuals, CI uses a “rights-based approach,” to respect human rights, protect vulnerable groups and encourage good governance.
The forest behind your perfume In Venezuela, CI and partners have helped three villages protect forests and find a crucial source of livelihood amid the country’s economic crisis: a little-known yet ubiquitous ingredient in perfumes.
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How drones can save rainforests In Suriname, the world's most forested country, CI provides drone training for local rangers to monitor the vast tracts of forest they are charged with protecting from illegal logging and gold-mining activities.
New hope for farmers facing climate change In southern Guyana, the CI-supported Rupununi Innovation Fund helps farmers boost their lands’ productivity and build resilience to climate impacts.
In the Colombian Amazon, men and women share conservation benefits Through CI-supported conservation agreements in the Colombian Amazon, communities protect ecosystems and educate others about sustainable fishing practices in exchange for monthly cash benefits used to purchase items such as medicine and boat engines. To determine who decides what to buy, CI staffers recently surveyed several indigenous villages about shifting gender roles.
Fighting deforestation in Ecuador CI partnered with the Ecuadorian government on the Socio Bosque (“Forest Partners”) project, which provides direct economic incentives for landowners and rural communities who voluntarily commit to protecting the forests.
From illegal logger to forest champion In northwestern Peru, illegal-logger-turned-conservationist Norbil Becerra opened a hummingbird ecotourism center with money out of his own pocket — and a little help from
REDD+, an approach proven to prevent the clearing and burning of tropical forests and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable tourism in Bolivia In Bolivia, CI teamed up with a Quechua-Tacana indigenous community to create the award-winning Chalalan Ecolodge, a thriving business that provides locals with sustainable jobs and income that depend on keeping the nearby forest healthy.
From machetes to maps: How a red line eased conflict in Bolivias Amazon After years of dispute on the edge of a national park, CI and government partners helped competing land users find common ground through a map they drew together.
Brazil’s Kayapó: Stewards of the Forest The Kayapó maintain legal control over 10.6 million hectares (26.2 million acres) of primary tropical forest and savanna in the Amazon. CI has been working since 1992 to help them protect their land and traditions by strengthening surveillance as well as establishing small sustainable businesses that generate income such as harvesting nuts, copaiba oil, fruit and honey.