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  Equator Initiative participates at the CEPA Fair, during COP11
CEPA Fair 2012 website


  Poloprobio – Brazil
This research institute based in the Brazilian state of Acre has devised a method for the artisanal processing of raw latex obtained from Hevea brasiliensis rubber trees, suitable for small-scale production in forest-based communities of indigenous rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon. The technology is currently being used at 11 sites across four Brazilian states, benefitting a total of 600 people, including communities from the indigenous Kaxinawá, Shanenawa, Apurinã, and Kaxarari tribes.
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  Mbankana Centre for Integrated Development (CADIM) - DR Congo
To combat high rural unemployment and the outflow of farmers to urban centres, the Mbankana Centre for Integrated Development trains farmers in agroforestry and afforestation techniques that restore soil fertility and boost agricultural production in the Bateke Plateau region of western DRC. The group’s afforestation efforts have reduced exploitative pressure on the region’s natural forests, and enabled the reappearance of endemic animal species.
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  Guassa-Menz Community Conservation Area - Ethiopia
For over 400 years, the grasslands in the Guassa area of Menz in Ethiopia’s central highlands were governed under a communal management system that regulated harvesting of thatch grass and livestock grazing. Since 2003, a local initiative has revived this system to prevent exploitation of the grasslands, resulting in the recovery of wildlife populations, improved grasslands quality, and the legal recognition of the Guassa Community Conserved Area in 2008.
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  Fiji Locally-Managed Marine Area Network - Fiji
The community of Ucunivanua on the eastern coast of Fiji’s largest island was the site of the first locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Fiji in 1997, in which scientists, environmentalists, and local villagers used traditional fishing prohibitions to allow for the dramatic regeneration of marine resources. By 2009, the Fiji LMMA Network included some 250 sites, covering more than 10,000 square kilometres of coastal fisheries, or more than 25% of Fiji’s inshore area, and had inspired replication across the Pacific Ocean.
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  Management and Conservation Organization (OMYC), Uaxactún - Guatemala
The 140 mestizo and indigenous families of Uaxactún, in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, have a long history of conserving their natural heritage, and have been supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to sustainably manage resource extraction within an 84,000-hectare forest concession. Concession rents are supported by WCS, which also provides support for the harvesting and marketing of non-timber forest products, ecotourism ventures, minimal impact timber use, and the conservation of game species.
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  Tribal Communities of the Jeypore Tract of Orissa - India
The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was concerned about the rapid depletion of rice diversity in the Jeypore tract of the Indian state of Orissa, once the home of the largest number of rice varieties in India. Since 1998, the foundation has partnered with tribal communities to develop sustainable livelihood options while revitalizing vanishing rice varieties, combining modern and traditional approaches for the conservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of local rice biodiversity.
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  Local Federation of Economic Interest Groups (FELOGIE) of Niodior - Senegal
This federation of women’s economic interest groups, centered on the Senegalese island of Niodior, has worked to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems and promote natural resource management in the Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve. A central monitoring committee regulates access to marine and forest resources, with profits from sustainable harvesting used to establish a fund that has benefitted more than 7,000 local people through the provision of microcredit.
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