Within the framework of the project "Expansion of the Airo Pai Communal Reserve for the Protection and Sustainable Conservation of the Complex of ANPs of Güeppí - Peru", the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA), began the process of community strengthening, in coordination with the Kichwaruna Wangurina Organization (ORKIWAN). Two multi-community workshops were held for representatives of native communities located in the Napo river basin, Loreto.
On April 17 and 18, the first multicommunal workshop was held, with the participation of representatives of 16 native communities -located on the Napo and Santa María rivers- and from the Cabo Pantoja town center.
The second multi-community workshop was held in the town of Santa Clotilde on April 20 and 21, where representatives of 06 native communities located on the Curaray river participated.
In both workshops, the authorities of each community were informed about what the project is about, the situation of the communities in relation to their communal territories, the law of native communities, form of organization and administration of natural resources, management documents community, life plans and on the current situation and importance of the forest for the future of the communities.
The representatives of the communities participated actively in these spaces, through their interventions and demonstrating their concern about the different problems that their forests currently have: illegal logging in the freely available territory located behind their communities and the use by third parties of the natural resources located in said zone; For this reason, they want to require the pertinent steps to be taken, before the competent entity, to protect that space.
In the coming months, it is expected to work on this training module for community organizational strengthening in each community so that not only the board of directors is trained, but also the entire population of each of the communities located in the project's area of influence.
It should be noted that the project, financed by the Rainforest Trust, consists of four components: physical and legal sanitation, community organizational strengthening, support for ANP management, and preparation and development of management plans.