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In the South Peruvian Madre de Dios Department, ten indigenous communities came together with government authorities to form Ejecutor de Contrato de Administración de la Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri (ECA-RCA, Executor of the Administrative Contract of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve) to protect their ancestral rainforest.…

Comunidades Nativas de Nuevo Saposoa y Patria Nueva de Mediación Callería brings together two indigenous Shipibo communities in the Peruvian province of Ucayali to monitor and protect 15,000 hectares of ancestral territories.…

In a remote area of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Hui Mālama o Moʻomomi brings together native Hawaiian communities to sustainably manage their marine waters and fisheries in the face of climate change. Drawing on traditional ecological knowledge and values passed down for generations, the group manages its nearshore fisheries using the art of kilo, which monitors moon cycles and their effects on marine species and ecosystems.…

Conselho Indígena de Roraima brings together nearly 55,000 indigenous people from the Macuxi, Wapichana, Taurepang, Ingarikó, Wai-Wai, Yanomami, Ye'kuana, Patamona, and Sapará groups. In 2010, the group achieved the demarcation of the 1.7 million-hectare territory of Raposa Serra do Sol.…

Throughout a 40-year campaign to obtain legal recognition of land rights to their 9,504-hectare customary forest, the Indigenous Group of Dayak Iban Sungai Utik Long House have consistently defended their lands against illegal logging, palm oil production, and corporate interests, protecting an estimated 1.31 million tons of carbon.…

Solar Freeze is pioneering the production of cold storage units powered by solar energy for small-scale rural produce farmers. By providing mobile solar-powered cold rooms, this innovative entrepreneurial initiative enables farmers to reduce post-harvest losses by 90 percent and to grow more high-value crops, thus increasing household incomes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through food loss.…

On the north shore of the island of Kaua’i, Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana takes a place-centered approach that weaves together the identity and culture of native Hawaiian communities to sustainably manage their nearshore fisheries.…

Marine resources in Micronesia are threatened with habitat destruction compounded by climate change, with severe effects on local communities. In response, the Tamil Council of Chiefs in the state of Yap established the Tamil Resources Conservation Trust (TRCT) to promote ridge-to-reef conservation for community and ecosystem resilience.…

Deccan Development Society works in the Zaheerabad region of India with Dalit (‘untouchables’) and tribal women to develop climate-smart agricultural practices that secure community nutrition, health, and livelihoods. Over the past 25 years, the organization has supported over 2,700 women to reclaim their farmlands and, in its first ten years alone, generated over one million days of employment for women across 30 villages.…

Cameron Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) brings together women’s empowerment, community livelihoods, and ecology to address environmental challenges in northwestern Cameroon. Recognizing that local livelihoods are deeply integrated with the health of local ecosystems.…

In 2011, the 10,000-year-old hunter-gatherer Hadzabe tribe secured the first-ever Certificate of Customary Right of occupancy in Tanzania, granting them rights to over 20,000 hectares of their traditional lands. Building on this landmark victory, the Hadzabe partnered with Carbon Tanzania to sell carbon credits to the voluntary carbon market.…

In South Benin, Centre Régional de Recherche et d’Education pour un Développement Intégré is putting youth at the centre of efforts to mitigate climate change while promoting community resilience. Established in 2006, CREDI-ONG has created an agroecological farm and a 67,000-hectare Community Natural Park in the Sitatunga Valley.…

In the Amazonas Department of Peru, Ejecutor de Contrato de Administración Tuntanain has created a powerful collaboration with the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNANP) to co-manage 94,967 hectares of forest. The group’s primary aim is to reduce vulnerability to climate change through climate change mitigation, sustainable production, and inclusive governance.…

Formed by Sherani tribes in 2012 in response to accelerating deforestation in Chilghoza Forest, Kasa Ghar Cluster Community Based Organization (CBO) sustainably manages 26,000 hectares of forest in Pakistan’s Sulaiman Range.…

Associação Indígena Kisêdjê (Kisêdjê Indigenous Association) brings together 500 indigenous Kisêdjê people inhabiting the Wawi Indigenous Land of Brazil. Living in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, the Kisêdjê faced widespread incursions and deforestation that led their culture to be at the brink of collapse.…

In the isolated Ene Basin of the Peruvian Amazon, Kemito Ene brings together indigenous Asháninka people to sustainably produce and export certified organic cacao to Australia and Europe. This successful indigenous social business enterprise is a model for sustainable commodity supply chains worldwide.…

The Yurok Tribe, native to Northern California, demonstrates how tribal sovereignty, sustainable forest management, climate change mitigation, and cultural resilience can be advanced through tribal innovation and collaboration.…

Operating the Bijagós Archipelago off the western coast of Guinea-Bissau, Conselho de Gestão da Área Marinha Protegida Comunitária Urok was created in 2005 by indigenous Bijagós communities to strengthen social, cultural, and environmental resilience…

Environmental Management and Development Trust (EMADET) has created a powerful alternative to deforestation and single use plastics in southwestern Nigeria. Through the promotion of cacao agroforestry the organization has supported cultivation of economically useful understory crops, including the so-called miracle fruit (Thaumatococcus daniellii).…

In Vanuatu, the world’s most vulnerable nation to climate change, Ser-Thiac shows the power of local leadership and resilience. Ser-Thiac protects and restores tropical rainforests, sequestering carbon while reducing vulnerability to flooding, drought, and wind damage.…