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Equator Initiative Case Study - Foundation For Alternative Tropical Agriculture And Sustainable Development (FUNDATADI)

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The Foundation for Alternative Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development works with rural Piedemonte Andino communities in Barinas, Venezuela, with the aim of conserving local forests while promoting sustainable community development. Agricultural diversification is promoted through the organic cultivation of native medicinal plants in family plantations, and training communities in the installation of greenhouses for the cultivation of native trees. Community organizations have been established to process raw materials harvested from family plantations, to develop a line of marketable products including artisanal infusions, soaps and syrups, and establish commercialization strategies for these products. The Foundation successfully petitioned the national government to establish a local medicinal plants centre, and community ‘reforestation festivals’ help raise local awareness of biodiversity conservation efforts. 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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