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This new fund will empower Indigenous-led land management in Bolivia

In the heart of Bolivia's Madidi National Park, carried by the collective aspirations of Indigenous peoples—the Tacana, Lecos, T’simane Mosetene, and San José de Uchupiamonas—alongside the Regional Organization of Indigenous People of La Paz (CPILAP), a new funding mechanism is developed to support Indigenous-led land management.
Born from a partnership between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Bolivia's Foundation for the Development of the National System of Protected Areas (FUNDESNAP), this initiative can represent a new era of conservation. Its mission is to safeguard the ancestral lands and diverse ecosystems of the Madidi Landscape, home to a staggering array of flora and fauna.

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Fuelled by an initial injection of $650,000 from the Bezos Earth Fund, the new fund holds promise for securing land rights, fortifying livelihoods, and repelling threats—the largest among them being illegal gold mining and sprawling infrastructure projects. For Gonzalo Oliver Terrazas, president of CPILAP, this represents not just financial support, but a reaffirmation of Indigenous agency and resilience.
To succeed, the financial mechanism must consistently have funds and the Indigenous groups in question have to proactively pursue activities that meet their needs, as well as have the right to refuse projects that do not, she said. The funds will not be given directly to communities. Instead, they will be managed by FUNDESNAP with support provided by WCS. However, all decisions are made by an Indigenous-led board appointed by each territorial organisation and CPILAP.
“This fund will help us put into practice our territorial management plan. It is an opportunity for us as Indigenous peoples to demonstrate our capacities". Oliver of CPILAP. A great initiative that should be implemented in other countries for better inclusion and empowerment of Indigenous people.




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    • walter lungayi

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      The collaborative efforts of Indigenous communities in Bolivia's Madidi National Park shows a proactive approach to conservation. By empowering Indigenous groups to manage their territories sustainably, this initiative not only preserves biodiversity but also upholds traditional knowledge and practices. Such partnerships highlight the importance of recognizing and supporting Indigenous stewardship in environmental conservation efforts for the benefit of both local communities and the ecosystem.

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      • Esther Wanjiku

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        This is a great fund to advance a bold territorial management plan while also taking care of the indigenous communities.

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        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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          This is a brilliant idea.Indigenous communities play a big role in preserving the earths ecosystem.Supporting these communities in what they have been practising for many years is a plus for our mother planet.

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          • mary Mwihaki

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            This is eye opening this is the right direction to take for protecting our planet.

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            • George Kariuki

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              Absolutely love this project in Bolivia! Indigenous communities have been the stewards of these lands for generations, and it's fantastic to see them empowered to lead conservation efforts. This fund will protect the Amazon rainforest, support Indigenous livelihoods, and fight threats like illegal mining.✨ A great model for other countries to follow!

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              • Boniface Kuria

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                @george_kariuki I cant add on this. You have put it as it is.

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              • Princess

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                This is truly a step in the right direction for protecting our planet's biodiversity and promoting social justice.

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                • Jane Wangui

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                  If everyone was to take just one step towards ensuring a better planet and better future,...we will achieve alot in just some years to come.

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                  • Rashid Kamau

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                    @jane_wangui When it comes to teamwork, there's nothing more powerful than collaboration.

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                  • Varsa Mahananda

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                    This should get more ears. Everyone should learn more about how a change initiative is not that difficult if you actually care.

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                    • Boniface Kuria

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                      @varsa_mahananda_156 If everyone played their little part in climate conservation, we would solve this manmade problem of climate change.

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                      • Rashid Kamau

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                        @boniface_kuria While climate change is accelerating, there is still a lot we can do to combat the warming of the planet.

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