Cusco. From August 5 to 8, the Administrative Contract Executor - ECA Sieko Pai of the Airo Pai Communal Reserve (Loreto) and the Administrative Contract Executor - ECA Maeni of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve (Cusco), carried out an exchange of experiences with the aim of improving administrative issues, crop management in controlled spaces and Amazonian fish farming, among other issues related to the administration of the communal reserve.
The ECA Sieko Pai Board of Directors, President Roger Rojas Sandoval, Secretary Fidencio García Macanilla and Treasurer Fermín Payaguaje Piaguaje and Secoya women artisans participated in the activity. an Agricultural Fair for Business Communities, among others.
Fermín Payaguaje, treasurer of the ECA Sieko Pai, expressed his opinion regarding the internship: “it was very interesting. They made us see how ECA Maeni is working with SERNANP. They coordinate together, like brothers. When the ECA does not know something, it asks SERNANP for support and they help”.
In addition, Payaguaje highlighted the contribution made by knowing how the ECA Maeni has been managed: “We have talked about the difficulties we have experienced in the process. They have also worked with various NGOs, we have exchanged ideas. We have taken the opportunity to talk and they have guided us with various things”.
The internship was carried out in the city of Quillabamba, La Convencion province, Cusco region and was the result of coordination between the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA) and the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State ( SERNANP), within the framework of the project "Expansion of the Airo Pai Communal Reserve for the protection and sustainable conservation of the Gueppi ANP's complex", financed by the Rainforest Trust.
Around the Airo Pai Communal Reserve live different ethnic groups such as redwoods, Kichwas and mestizos from 6 native communities and a populated center (Cabo Pantoja).
The experience of ECA Maeni
It should be noted that the ECA Maeni of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve was created in May 2003, and in July 2009, it signed its management contract for the Machiguenga Communal Reserve, which is why its extensive experience in the administration process of its communal reserve It was a valuable contribution to the representatives of the ECA Sieko Pai.
In its beginnings, the ECA Maeni was accompanied by the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous - CEDIA and jointly, they facilitated the organization, training, equipping and initial operation of the ECA.
They also worked on the formation of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve Management Committee (RCM); the development of the participatory process for the preparation of the 2009-2013 Master Plan and its implementation through community vigilance groups, reforestation and / or management plans in the Buffer Zone (ZA); and the communications subprogram.
One of the most important documents that the ECA Maeni has is the Master Plan of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve 2017-2021, which within its objectives proposes the conservation of ecosystems, the quality of river waters, the promotion of mechanisms for the use of natural resources and increased participation and commitment of stakeholders in the management of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve.
The ECA Maeni is made up of 3 indigenous organizations: Machiguenga Council of the Urubamba River (COMARU), Central of Machiguenga Native Communities "Juan Santos Atahualpa" (CECONAMA) and Federation of Yine Yami Native Communities (FECONAYY); 14 native communities: Alto Picha, Camaná, Chacopishiato, Kitepampani, Kochiri, Koribeni, Mayapo, Miaría, Porotobango, Poyentimari, Puerto Rico, Taini, Tangoshiari and Timpía and 1 rural settlement of settlers: Saringabeni.