Biodiversity and protection
This project will generate economic resilience for women in indigenous communities along the Napo River (Rio Napo) in Ecuador, equipping them with greater resources and capacities to conserve their forest and the biodiversity within it. The Rio Napo flows deep in the heart of Ecuador’s lush and vast Amazon Rainforest. Groups of women are sustainably growing products on their chakras, including cacao, plantain, and guayusa, in harmony with the forest. Through their entrepreneurial leadership, these women are envisioning and forging new paths forward to expand opportunities for themselves and their families.
This area of the Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. The region is home to incredible wildlife: from jaguars, to pumas, giant otters, squirrel monkeys, 550 species of birds, 105 species of amphibians, 83 species of reptiles, and over 100,000 species of insects per hectare. Rainforest conservation - including both preserving primary forest and restoring degraded forests - is a critical climate solution. This project will better protect 149,500 acres of rainforest, which stores an estimated 7.5-9.7 million tons of carbon by support economic resilience in indigenous communities along the Rio Napo and expand their capacity to implement conservation and management programs and to protect their forests from extractive industries.
Through empowerment, education, sustainable livelihoods, economic resilience, and increased community capacity to implement conservation and management programs and to protect lands from extractive industries, this project will protect, restore, and conserve over 60,500 hectares, with great potential for expansion.
Goals of the project
The specific goals of the Women of the Rio Napo project are to:
- make the forest economically lucrative for indigenous women and their communities;
- increase sustainable production of diverse rainforest-sourced products such as cacao, coffee, plantains, yuca, guayusa, native fish, corn, and more; and
- support communities’ access to domestic and international markets to further generate stable and reliable sources of income, foster economic independence, and strengthen communities’ defenses against extraction and exploitation.
How does the project achieve our goal?
Agroforestry strengthens sustainable food production in forest systems without incentivizing deforestation, on a large enough scale to generate sustainable income for local and indigenous people. It also improves ecological stability, biodiversity, and soil health.
Our partner (Rainforest Partnership) coordinates trainings in each community on topics including sustainable cultivation and agroforestry, accessing markets, and drying and fermenting cacao, and support the women as they create sustainable enterprises that support themselves and the forest at the same time. Through the income generated, the women leading this project will be better able to support themselves and their families economically, promote education, pass down traditional practices, and equip the next generation of forest stewards with the tools and resources they need as long-term protectors of the Amazon Rainforest.
- Healthy standing forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere very effectively;
- Forests are home to over half of the world’s known species of plants and animals;
- Rainforests provides vital goods and services to all of us, including clean water and air, food, everyday products, medicines, and climate regulation;
- Strengthening the protection of approximately 60,500 hectares of tropical forest; and
- Agroforestry improves ecological stability, biodiversity, and soil health.
- This approach to rainforest conservation will create an outsize and long-lasting impact by empowering over 104 women;
- Generating income for 5 indigenous communities and over 269 families in the Ecuadorian Amazon;
- Rainforests are home to millions of people who depend on them for their livelihoods, and who represent invaluable cultural diversity;
- Agroforestry strengthens sustainable food production in forest systems without incentivizing deforestation, on a large enough scale to generate sustainable income for local and indigenous people;
- Agroforestry provides an alternative source of income that does not involve deforestation, agroforestry brings stability to communities, empowers them, and gives them more effective ownership over their lands;
- The women leading this project will be better able to support themselves and their families economically; and
- Promote education, pass down traditional practices, and equip the next generation of forest stewards with the tools and resources they need as long-term protectors of the Amazon Rainforest.
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
Women of the Rio Napo
As a Regreener your money directly goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognised by this project:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development