In the Colombian Amazon, indigenous groups, women's organizations, the Sinchi Amazon Institute of Scientific Research, and the Ministry of Environment, implement Chagra’s Fairs (local name given to Agrobiodiversity Fairs) to empower initiatives based on principles of solidarity economy and traditional knowledge as an alternative to extractive economies that have historically operated in the region.
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The World Bank has funded a project that reconciles environmental and socioeconomic aspects along the entire coffee value chain. The project assists Burundi to improve the sustainability of selected areas within coffee landscapes through:
The Mbé River watershed is one of the most biologically diverse sites in Central Africa. It is also Gabon’s most economically important watershed, providing electricity for 60% of the country’s population and providing other ecosystem services such as regulating water flows, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity. These services are presently provided free of charge. The Mbé watershed ecosystem and its biodiversity face a series of growing threats, most notably unregulated hunting, unregulated mining and unsustainable logging.
The money that countries spend to manage and maintain protected areas should not be considered an “expenditure” but an “investment.” This is not only a semantical issue, but also a conceptual and theoretical one. In general, countries, citizens, press, and ministers of finance praise the investment, but not the expenditure. For instance, in the case of the guards that work for these areas, should those salaries be considered as a general expenditure, or as an investment? If we do not pay for the guards, can we keep a protected area safe?