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Equator Initiative Case Study – Serraniagua Corporation

Serraniagua Corporation works to ensure the connectivity of protected areas throughout Colombia’s Cordillera Occidental mountain range, a key component of the Chocó-Manabí Conservation Corridor. The group connects the conservation corridors of the Tatamá National Park and Serrania de los Paraguas (renowned for their high biodiversity and species endemism) through a series of 60 community-managed and seven state-managed nature reserves, and encourages a high level of participation on the part of local and indigenous communities in environmental planning processes for these areas.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Women’s Medicinal Plant Producers Network, Quibdó

In 1996, six women from the small communities of Tanado and Samurindo in the Chocó Region of Colombia partnered with an environmental NGO to add value to the harvesting and processing of aromatic and medicinal plants. Low prices and the time spent in collecting these plants made this traditional livelihood a relatively unproductive activity. With training and funding support, this women producers’ initiative developed an organic certification process, and began sustainably harvesting, processing, and marketing a mixture of wild herbs under the brand name ‘Tana Organic Spices’.

Equator Initiative Case Study - The Nasa Project (Proyecto Nasa)

The Nasa Project (Proyecto Nasa) aims to increase the political and organizational capacity of Colombia’s indigenous Páez peoples, who have been disproportionately affected by violence in the Cauca region. By strengthening regional political autonomy and exercising their political rights, the indigenous groups involved in the project have successfully lobbied for access to a greater share of public funds and services.

Equator Initiative Case Study - The Inter-institutional Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture (CIPASLA)

The Department of Cauca in southern Colombia has suffered from years of armed guerilla conflict, which has left a struggling local economy and high levels of poverty in its wake. The Inter-institutional Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture has worked since 1993 to make local agriculture more profitable and sustainable by introducing new high-value crops and encouraging agriculture-related businesses. Along with this work has come an attention to social welfare and community organizing that has helped to overcome the disruption caused by years of conflict.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (ASPROINCA)

Based in the northern Caldas region of Colombia, the Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (Asociación de Productores Indígenas y Campesinos - ASPROINCA) is a community-based organization that works with close to 350 indigenous farming families to diversify their agricultural production in an environmentally responsible manner.

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