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La Comunidad Nativa Ese’eja de Infierno (Ese'eja Native Community of Infierno) was the first community to take advantage of Peru's law of native communities within the state of Madre de Dios, receiving legal title to 9,558 hectares of land on both sides of the Tambopata River in the late 1970s. As a condition of defending their lands in the 1980s...…

The Center for Empowerment and Resource Development works in the Caraga region of the Philippines to conserve marine and coastal resources while improving the sustainability of local fisher livelihoods. The Centre's approach has been to put management of natural resources squarely in the hands of fisherfolk associations...…

Working in the caatinga ecosystem of northeastern Brazil, Carnaúba Viva has introduced innovative means of sustainably managing the carnauba tree (Copernicia prunifera), a locally-abundant palm species whose leaves can be used for wax production. Working with the indigenous people of the Jaguaribe-Açu territory and in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment...…

Capitania del Alto y Bajo Izozog (CABI, Captaincy of the Upper and Lower Izozog) represents more than 10,000 members of Bolivia's Izoceño-Guaraní people in a landmark co-management agreement in the country's Gran Chaco region. With technical support from the Wildlife Conservation Society, CABI negotiated with the Bolivian government for...…

The Camalandaan Agroforestry Farmers' Association works to conserve fragments of lowland limestone forest on the Philippines island of Negros through on-farm tree conservation in the Southern Cauayan Municipal Forest and Watershed Reserve. The association is made up of local farmers who have been allocated rights to plots of land by the government as part of a community-based forest management agreement.…

Café la Selva is a chain of cafés that sell organically and sustainably grown coffee from indigenous Tojolabal and Tzeltales farming communities located in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. This pioneering initiative has taken advantage of growing international demand for sustainable, ethically-sourced coffee, and now has cafés in Europe and the United States.…

Founded in 1998 by Brazilian NGOs, the Federal University of Pará, and international donors, and in partnership with private sector companies, Bolsa Amazônia is a regional initiative dedicated to developing sustainable enterprises in rural forest communities of Amazonia. With a focus on sustainable agriculture and agro-industrialization, Bolsa Amazônia...…

Located in Nigeria's Cross River State, the Ekuri community manages a 33,600-hectare community forest adjacent to the Cross-River National Park. Community forest management began in the 1980s, when the villages of Old Ekuri and New Ekuri united in response to the proposed logging of their forest. The project would have included the construction of a road...…

Having begun in a few villages in the mid-1990s, Songtaab-Yalgré now brings together more than 3,000 women across ten provinces of Burkina Faso in the harvesting and processing of shea nuts from the tree species Butyrospermum parkii. With the initial aim of improving women's literacy and advocating for improved working conditions, the initiative...…

Association des Pêcheurs de la Communauté Rurale de Mangagoulack (APCRM, Fishers' Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack) – established by fishers from eight villages in central Casamance – manages a community conserved area with the aim of improving local incomes, strengthening food security and sovereignty, and protecting biodiversity.…

A response to high rates of poverty, poor access to basic social services, and low employment opportunities, this association is working to strengthen the small-scale fisheries sector around Al-Hoceima National Park through capacity building, the establishment of monitoring and surveillance committees to combat illegal fishing and the introduction of sustainable fishing techniques (and elimination of illegal fishing practices).…

Anja Miray was established in 1999 in response to the degradation and clearing of local forests, the sedimentation of water resources, and the loss of wildlife such as ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, and tropical birds. The association operates a 30-hectare community forest reserve in the Haute Matsiatra region of the country.…

L’Association Adidy Maitso (Adidy Maitso Association) was established in 2005 with the aim of conserving the natural resources of Didy Forest – a dense moist forest of medium altitude in the Alaotra Mangoro region of eastern Madagascar. The forest lies within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, which is renowned for its high species endemism and unique biodiversity.…

Since 1999, Associação Vida Verde da Amazônia (AVIVE, Green Life Association of Amazonia) has worked on the island of Silves, deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, to build a trade in aromatic soaps, candles, cosmetics, and perfumes containing the oils of medicinal plants such as rosewood and andiroba.…

Associação Sociocultural Yawanawá (ASCYAWANAWA, Sociocultural Association of Yawanawá) is a representative body of the Yawanawá indigenous people of Acre state, northern Brazil. The group works to create income generating opportunities for its members through the conservation of the community's indigenous territory and the promotion of Yawanawá culture.…

This agroforestry project facilitates a variety of initiatives focused on supporting both family and commercial level agricultural production. Associação dos Pequenos Agrossilvicultores (Association of Smallholder Agroforestry Producers) brings together migrant farmers and indigenous rubber tappers in the Abuna region of northern Brazil.…

The successes of the Amal-Crab Bay initiative in conserving marine resources in their tabu area, located on the eastern coastline of the island of Malekula, Vanuatu, has been underpinned by the use of a traditional resource management system and innovative awareness-raising efforts. The bay forms part of the Port Stanley mangrove area...…

Cruzinha da Garça is one of the most important nesting grounds for sea turtles in Cape Verde. Associação Comunitária Nova Experiência Marítima da Cruzinha da Garça (ACNEMC, Community Marine Association of Cruzinha da Garça) seeks to develop alternative forms of local marine resource use to conserve this endangered species.…

Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Integral (AIDER, Association for Research and Integrated Development) is a participatory initiative that provides capacity building and technology transfer to enable community-based conservation of forest resources across Peru. By providing technical assistance to forest-based communities in both...…

Asociación de Trabajadores Autónomos San Rafael, Tres Cruces y Yurac Rumi (ASARATY, Autonomous Workers’ Association of San Rafael, Tres Cruces, and Yurac Rumi) brings together indigenous Quichua-Puruháe (Kichwa) communities in the central Ecuadorian Andes in the sustainable management of 8,000 hectares of montane grassland adjacent to the Sangay National Park.…