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    Where we work

    Conservation International has trained, worked with and learned from indigenous peoples for more than 30​ 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.

    1. Aripao, Venezuela

    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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    2. Central Suriname Nature Reserve

    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.

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    3. Rupununi, Guyana

    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.

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    4. Southern Colombia

    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.

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    5. Northeastern Ecuador

    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.

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    6. Alto Mayo, Peru

    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.

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    7. Chalalán Ecolodge, Bolivia

    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.

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    8. Carrasco National Park, Bolivia

    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.

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    9. Kayapó Indigenous Lands, Brazil

    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.

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