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Update from the field – Katxuyana, Kahiyana and Tunuyana develop their Ethno-zoning plan and other news from the Karib Ethno-environmental corridor.

Dear all, I am writing this on behalf of the Equipe de Conservacao da Amazonia _ ECAM, Brazilian partner of Regnskogsföreningen, to provide an update on the work of our joint project supporting the indigenous communities of the Karib Corridor in the northern Amazon of Brazil.

On the 28th to the 30th of November, Ecam’s team worked together with the Katxuyana, Tunuyana and Kahiyana to design the ethno-zoning plan for the newly demarcated territory. Zoning is a crucial component of any territorial management plan. Municipalities and countries around the world use zoning plans to determine how land areas can be used. This is no different under an Indigenous ethno-zoning plan. First developed by the Suruí Indigenous community in Rondonia in the late 1990s, the methodology for Ethno-zoning was perfected by the Suruí NGO partner Kanindé and has since been applied in numerous indigenous territories. Combined with the cultural mapping methodology first developed and implemented by Ecam, both are now the central tools for the implementation of the Brazilian national policy for indigenous environmental and territorial management.

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Members of the Katxuyana, Kahiyana and Tunayana communities worked with Ecam specialists over three days to combine, analyze and map the different zones for the traditional territory. They created hunting and fishing zones as well as mapping historical and cultural sites for preservation. The community members also established rules for each of the different zones which will be validated with each village in the region.

In January 2017, the community members will meet with Ecam’s technical staff to plan the work for 2017, including the continuation of vigilance expeditions, the continued strengthening of their representative institutions and the development of their full territorial management plan building on the work of the previous years.


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Municipalities Pact

Additionally, the project members reinforced their partnerships with other NGOs working in the region. NGO Imaflora has advanced in the implementation of its "Origins" program which aims to help local forest producers, including indigenous communities, to increase the value of their products and link them directly with responsible buyers.

NGO partners ECAM, IMAZON and Agenda Publica have continued their support of the municipality of Oriximina and expanded the work to the nearby towns of Faro and Terra Santa. In 2016, the program has helped train over 300 civil society leaders how to write proposals and implement projects that serve the community. The work also relies on the support of the local mining company and largest economic driver in the region Mineracao Rio do Norte (MRN).