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Equator Initiative Case Study - Pescado Azul Women's Association Of Isabela

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This women’s cooperative is providing livelihood options for the women and men of the island of Isabela in the Galápagos Islands. This small-scale enterprise is simultaneously decreasing pressures on overexploited local fisheries by adding value, rather than scale, to its production of smoked fish. Fishermen in the region have traditionally relied on declining populations of coastal sea cucumber, lobster, and shark for their livelihoods. Asociación de Mujeres de Isabela provides an alternative by creating a market for sustainably-sourced tuna, which is processed, smoked, and sold to tourists. Additionally, the Pescado Azul initiative contributes to the conservation of the Galápagos Islands’ unique and endemic biodiversity by using guava wood, a destructive invasive species, to smoke the fish. 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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