TBI Colombia’s methodologies on participative research and project formulation within intercultural contexts are now being implemented among rural communities in Colombia’s Caribbean region. This is an example of how the lessons we have derived from research in tropical forests can be extended to other ecosystems and, particularly, to areas where communities rebuilding their livelihoods amidst the aftermath of civil conflicts (i.e. under a post-conflict settings).28 November, 2013
Systemazing the implementation of rehabilitation, reclamation, and restoration of forests and lands to increase productivity and recover forest function for people’s well-being is the agenda of a workshop on landscape restoration in Lombok Island, 5-6 December 2013. A discussion forum will also address on implementation of restoration ecosystem (RE) in Indonesia, as well as its challenge and opportunities, and the possibility for Indonesia to book its commitment to pledge for the Bonn Challenge.25 November, 2013
Several initiatives have emerged that put market requirements on the legality verification of timber products, particularly the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and the US Lacey Act. Suriname is committed to the sustainable management of its forests and to support economic growth in the timber sector, but is currently not engaged in discussions on legal timber trade with the EU. However, its timber export trade will be affected by the emerging legality requirements.
The project works in areas with fragile Andean-Amazonian ecosystems whose communities are trying to adapt to climate change. Based on real-life testimonies and case studies from the communities, the project compiles information about the impact of climate change and the adaptation practices that come from the traditional management of the natural resources and of the ecosystem. This information is gathered to develop public policy recommendations and advocacy activities to help Andean and Amazonian communities cope with the impacts of climate change.
The project is implemented by IUCN and SPDA and takes place in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia. TBI Colombia facilitates the project in Colombia, coordinating initiatives and elaborating base line studies in the Middle Caquetá River region, especially in Araracuara among indigenous communities of ethnic groups as Nonuya, Uitoto, Andoque, Yukuna, Matapí and Muinane. Such studies include, an analysis of several traditional practices related to the indigenous knowledge of “healing time", including the performance of rituals for the seasonal cycles and the shamanistic management of the seasonal supply of livelihoods including wildlife animals, fish and fruits; and a detailed study of the traditional cultivation system “chagra”, which hold more than 120 seeds, including plant varieties resistant to droughts and prolonged flooding.
All the activities developed studied the way local communities adapt to climate changes based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities on the use of biodiversity in order to reach to generate policy recommendations on policy frameworks and teachings for similar ecosystems under threat. One of the main results is the publication The Life of the Chagra: Traditional Knowledge and Practices Contributing to the Adaptation to Climate Change, a video Curando el tiempo produced by SPDA and an animation of the Calendario Annual Muina with the local climate indicators and the traditional tales related to them. TBI Colombia also organized the capacity building event Biological and Cultural Diversity: Keys for the Adaptation to Climate Change reuniting several initiatives in Colombia working in adaptation form a local perspective.
Today indigenous communities in the Middle River Caquetá are working in the promotion of the diversity of life seed banks since they have recognized how this makes them more resilient to climate variations. This makes communities stronger in the debate about the threats of climate change at a local level and helps them demonstrate the functionality of their traditional practices for the management of the natural resources in the framework of adaptation.
To generate policy recommendations on policy frameworks and options for adaptation to climate change, based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities on the use of biodiversity.
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Programme Director TBI Colombia