Organización de Mujeres Indígenas Unidas por la Biodiversidad de Panamá (OMIUBP)
The Organization of United Indigenous Women for Biodiversity (OMIUBP) builds capacity in biodiversity, climate change, and traditional knowledge conservation techniques to protect big cats in Panama while preserving their Indigenous territory and culture. Through community level technical training, partnerships, and workshops, OMIUBP empowers women and youth from the Guna and Embera communities to effectively participate in and influence the implementation and monitoring of national and international laws and agreements related to biodiversity, conservation, and climate change. Through community cultural protocols, members generate and transmit oral and traditional knowledge in children’s storybooks as well as through digital media storytelling platforms to inspire local decision makers to develop culturally-sensitive and sustainable policies.
Equator Prize Winner: 2022
Year of establishment: 2011
Ecosystem: Forests, Wetlands and rivers