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5000 Square Kilometer Ecosystem Protectorate and Indigenous Agroforestry Sustainable Development Project for the Piaroa of the Western Guiana Highlands
Description/achievement of initiative

Development of a sustainable protection zone of 5,000 square kilometers that provides biosphere and ecosystem services internationally that is controlled, owned and managed by the Piaroa inhabitants that live there through this partnership. To help them offset and finance their economic shortfalls through international cooperation partnerships to issue carbon trading certificates to finance agroforestry installations and engage in other partnerships with various United Nations agencies and partners. ➤ Partner with us to assist the indigenous Piaroa of the Northern Amazon in Venezuela living in 13 remote forest communities (settlements) to protect their native land rights and revitalize their agricultural production to make their communities ecologically and economically sustainable while addressing 12 of the 17 SDGs. The project will promote common values in agroecology, biodiversity, land protection and forest management through an assimilated indigenous scouting program and a local agricultural extension service. ➤ Through a partnership in this initiative over 500 people will escape poverty in their own communities by gaining access to running water, sanitary bath houses, community centers, local employment and an authoritative educational module operated by well-educated local figures promoting indigenous culture and language non-politically and non-religiously. The long term relationships that will follow and can evolve will be the most important. ➤ The project focus covers an area of over 5,000 square kilometers and creates sustainable socioeconomic alternatives in their forest communities for their agricultural production by providing an avenue to the global market for their cacao, cupuacu and exotic fruit products. The project monitors and prevents illegal mining and deforestation among other objectives.

Implementation methodologies

Globcal International is looking to implement the project using a combination of methods involving hands on workshops and activities in the Piaroa communities. ➤ The Piaroa Protectorate Partnership needs to raise a significant amount of international cooperation and multilateral support to intelligently and intentionally accomplish all of its objectives with a variety of sponsors to successfully implement its primary initiatives. ➤ Globcal International through Ecology Crossroads in the US in partnership with others through the SDGs, as they will develop a detailed 5-7 year action plan with other stakeholders to establish a raw processed agricultural materials marketing network with a chocolate factory representative of the Piaroa Protectorate Partnership's (PPP)’s agricultural production which will partially finance (30%) this SDGs project. The initial timeline target is five (5) years and can be extended by organizers and sponsors as needed for up to 5 additional years to meet the 2030 SDG Agenda Objective date. ➤ Globcal International is helping to establish a forest-to-bar chocolate factory which will be operated by the Piaroa, where we believe they can generate over $200K per year in addition to getting fair-trade pricing from current agricultural production for community improvements under a transparent, managed and well-organized international cooperation program. The chocolate factory will create 36 new part-time jobs that realize a good annual salary and upstream opportunities for workers on the farm. ➤ To make the project sustainable and autonomous of the national government and to protect stakeholders it is being established offshore through Ecology Crossroads. The non-profit agricultural and forestry cooperative we build with the Piaroa stakeholders will be dedicated to the provisioning of ecosystem services (air, water, biodiversity, forests, ecotourism) from their relatively pristine forests through agroforestry, sustainable ecotourism, reforestation, and protecting watersheds of the area. This will be accomplished through education, community improvements, organization and training in forest management, watershed protection and integrated natural resource conservation to make their livelihoods more sustainable based on their natural capital and remove them from poverty. ➤ Other funding will be provided through donations, grants, sponsorships and international cooperation partnerships to accelerate the establishment of jointly managed forestry programs and the formal protection of the 5000 square kilometer region with a recognized transparent international development project operated by capacitated official Piaroa native residents.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Currently we have two Piaroa indigenous leaders that are graduates from universities whom are capable of providing capacity training in the target communities once we have the materials, supplies and equipment to accessorize them. Currently we need basic equipment, solar-charged battery packs and highly portable computers that can be used in remote villages. ➤ We additional want to develop a protected pen-drive with 30 hours of universal format YouTube video that can be played back in any PC or laptop and played using a downloadable phone app, the 30 hours (10 learning sessions) would be presented in person over a period of 6-8 hours per session with live workshops. ➤ The Piaroa are the exclusive native inhabitants of an area that includes a total of 30,000+ square kilometers (approximately the size and shape of Belgium) most of their communities are only accessible by river or overland by foot; the 5,000 square kilometer focus area in Venezuela is the most important ecological protection area in the region encompassing three major river watersheds the Catañiapo, Cuao and Paraguaza. They are receptive to technology and will quickly use and adapt to internet access solutions once available to them.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The project is being overseen and managed by Globcal International under the direction of Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation which will administer the funding to members engaged as remote oversight coordinators in the field. ➤ The Piaroa Protectorate Partnership will be managed internationally through its trustees who are designated by Globcal International to act on the behalf of the organization. ➤ Globcal International is a decentralized commission and international civil society organization that is part of Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation (ECCF) established by the founder Col. David Wright when he relocated to Venezuela after serving as an international goodwill ambassador for Metropolitain Caracas in 2004; it was formed as part of ECCF to project a variety of supplemental assistance initiatives to popular human and environmental rights areas to form an international civil team effort that could address the top 30 world issues identified by the United Nations through online programs in the social media and through its members abroad, only now is it taking on new character. Ecology Crossroads is based in Kentucky and is dedicated to the development of international missions, programs and projects that protect the environment and promote sustainable ecological values.

Partner(s)

Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Globcal International, Goodwill Ambassador Foundation
Progress reports
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 6
Goal 8
Goal 10
Goal 11
Goal 12
Goal 13
Goal 15
Goal 17
April 2020
Community Training Program
July 2020
Sustainable Chocolate Factory
October 2021
Community Bath and Wash Centers
In-kind contribution
40 ha Rural Property between the Catañiapo River on Via Gavilán in Amazonas, Venezuela to use as Operations Center
Staff / Technical expertise
Environmentalist performing research and investigation relative to fundraising and letter writing.
Staff / Technical expertise
Goodwill ambassadors networking the formal development in the social media.
Staff / Technical expertise
Student intern collaboration from a variety of disciplines.

Basic information
Time-frame: October 2019 - December 2024
Partners
Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Globcal International, Goodwill Ambassador Foundation
Countries
Contact information
David Wright, Executive Director, david.wright@globcal.net
United Nations