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Equator Initiative Case Study - Residents’ Association for the Progress and Development of Campo Amor, Zarumilla (ASPOPRODECAZ)

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The Residents’ Association for the Progress and Development of Campo Amor, Zarumilla (Asociación de Pobladores por el Progreso y Desarrollo de Campo Amor, Zarumilla – ASPOPRODECAZ) represents the 11,000 inhabitants of Campo Amor, a coastal town in the buffer zone of the Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary. The region is a gateway to this important protected area, and home to many community members who depend on the aquatic products provided by the mangroves ecosystem.
ASPOPRODECAZ was created in response to the pressures on this fragile natural reserve resulting from population growth, logging, and solid waste pollution. In response, the association has reforested the surrounding mangrove swamps, devised environmental education programmes, and established the first tree nursery in the region. A key innovation of the organization’s work is a sustainable waste management program that employs 250 families in recycling and solid waste collection. 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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