Three examples that illustrate this transformation
During 2013, indigenous leaders, rural residents, and social organizations monitored changes in the flow, course, and fish population of the Pilcomayo River, using field observations and satellite images to establish an early warning system for floods and droughts. This has improved the capacity of cattle ranchers and indigenous communities to prepare and respond, safeguarding their livestock, fisheries, forests, and farms, ensuring food security, and preventing economic loss. This cross-border management model is based on the ability to combine satellite information with traditional indigenous and campesino knowledge about the behavior of the river.
The Pilcomayo River, which runs through Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, is one of the world’s most unstable rivers because of the volume of sediment that it carries. It usually produces floods and droughts that affect over 100 indigenous communities that depend on the river for their subsistence.
Fundación Avina and its allies worked together in the Department of Caquetá, Colombia to establish a Forest Commission charged with monitoring deforestation, taking actions to prevent it, and overseeing land use planning in the region.
A coordinated effort among government agencies, private companies, universities, civil society groups, and indigenous organizations led to the development of a proposal for a regional commission, and the subsequent approval of the proposal by the Departmental Assembly in 2013 was a groundbreaking achievement in Colombia. The Office of the Colombian President will fund the hiring of specialists to develop a land use and management plan, and the different stakeholders that monitor deforestation in Caquetá will develop a methodology using unique software to implement the plan.