Resource management strikes a balance between the sustainable use of biodiversity and the ancestral use of these resources by local communities. Managing these resources means coalescing local, regional and national actors (both private and public) in order to encourage sustainable management and initiatives.
Therefore, CIMA has developed several programs with Amazonian communities to link biodiversity with livelihood initiatives. These programs encourage the sustainable use of natural resources.
Management in action
CIMA’s sustainable use programs in Cordillera Azul National Park include:
Aguaje - Amazonian palm tree
Unsustainable practices: felling the palm tree while harvesting, which decreases female tree populations and fruit production
Solution: development of the “Tree Climbing” Program – a harvesting method without felling
Taricaya - Amazonian river turtle
Unsustainable practices: over-harvest of eggs, over harvesting turtles and illegal trade
Solution: protection of turtles and their nests during the incubation period, and involvement of local communities in managing the species
Indigenous handicrafts of the Kakataibo
The challenge: loss of cultural uses of biodiversity, traditions and ancestral knowledge
Solution: promotion of the ancestral outlook on biodiversity and stimulating arts and crafts production