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Chacoan peccary (Catagonus wagneri)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 172515174

Increasing local awareness, environmental stewardship and empowerment of local people for the conservation of the endangered Chacoan Peccary in Argentina

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 172515174) - Chacoan peccary - Awarded $10,500 on June 08, 2017

The goal of the project is to increase international and local awareness and empower local people to become strong stewards of their environment. Because massive deforestation in the hands of large companies is currently the main threat to the species and the Chaco forest, raising awareness of this large-scale destruction among locals will help to strengthen their institutions and realize how conservation of the species and of their culture are now, more than ever, strongly linked. Building on and extending the activities of our previous work in the region (funded partially by MBZ), we recognize the need to develop and implement a locally appropriate, effective and sustainable environmental and awareness program. For this program to be effective it needs to a) become property of the local institutions, b) be place-based, c) relate to the local indigenous and campesino cultures, using their ways of communication, their own words and stories, and d) be illustrated with photographs and drawings of the environment they know. For the program to be sustainable it needs to train local people to become environmental educators, the owners of the program and the agents of action. Sharing this experience through publications will bring international attention.




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