Cooperativa dos Produtos de Ostras de Cananéia (Cooperostra, Oyster Producers’ Cooperative of Cananéia)
Cooperativa dos Produtos de Ostras de Cananéia (Cooperostra, Oyster Producers’ Cooperative of Cananéia) is a community-based organization centered on the Mandira Extractive Reserve in São Paulo's Cananéia estuary lagoon. Launched in the mid-1990s following state-led interventions aiming at improving the sustainability, viability, and hygienic quality of artisanal oyster harvesting in Mandira, the initiative quickly grew to incorporate harvesting communities throughout the Cananéia estuary.
The cooperative's work has focused on reconciling oyster harvesting with the conservation of the region's biologically diverse mangrove forests. Innovative processes and technologies, including oyster nurseries and a purifying station, have been introduced to add value to oysters and enable their harvesting year-round, while the formation of the cooperative has allowed harvesters to circumvent middlemen and obtain fairer prices for their products.
Equator Prize Winner: 2002
Location: Cananéia Estuary, south of São Paulo
Beneficiaries: Mandira quilombola community
Biodiversity: Mangrove forests, oyster genetic diversity
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Equator Prize 2002
Latin America And The Caribbean
Marine and Coastal Resource Management
Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
Cooperativa dos Produtores de Ostras de Cananéia (presidente)
Avenida Pref. #_é Herculano de O. Rosa
Tel: (13) 3851 8315 Fax: (13) 3851 8339
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