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Equator Initiative Case Study - The Association for Research and Integrated Development (AIDER)

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The Association for Research and Integrated Development (Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Integral – AIDER) 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 the humid tropical forests of central eastern Peru and the tropical dry forest in the country’s northern coastal region, the initiative has enhanced local capacity to improve livelihoods, protect the environment and mitigate desertification for more than a quarter of a century.
Much of this work has benefitted indigenous forest-dwelling communities, including the Shipibo-Conibo people of Ucayali. AIDER mobilizes a vast partnership model to bring technical expertise to these marginalized groups, helping them to assume autonomous control of productive forest resources. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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