Indigenous, Local & Traditional People

Our vital partners in the protection and restoration of nature.

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WWF is well aware of the vital role of indigenous peoples and local communities in Guyana and Suriname and how closely our work links to their traditions and livelihoods. Their customary rights and rituals determine their livelihood options and choices they make and WWF has an important partner role to play in safeguarding natural resources, ecosystems and access to resources on which their livelihoods depend

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What We Are Doing

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Empowering indigenous youth to take action for the environment

WWF-Guianas supports youth in the South-Central Rupununi in safeguarding the environment by providing training opportunities. Our efforts are aimed at increasing knowledge of social inclusion, youth and environment initiatives, and a review of Guyana’s environmental concepts. These we believe allow the youths to address their own environmental priorities and create their own calls to action towards the protection of natural resources in their communities.

WWF is recognizing the need for greater emphasis on the value of inclusive community engagements and stronger youth environmental leadership, partners with community organizations such as South Rupununi District Council (SRDC), South Central Peoples’ Development Association (SCPDA), Kanuku Mountains Community Representative Group (KMCRG) and North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB). Through this partnership we can ensure that youth contributions and concerns regardless of tribe, gender or social status are considered in the decision-making process.

Supporting Community Resource Management

WWF promotes the systematic monitoring and documenting of natural resources strengthen within local and indigeneous communities to strengthen thier capacity to safeguard their land and the resources therein. By taking a community participatory-based approach to conservation, we can secure numerous benefits not only for the environment but also for the indegineous people who depend on the services provided by nature. Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) at the community level is an essential aspect of the REDD+ programme that communities must adopt so as to realise their own sense of responsibility for their resources. WWF works with leaders and members of communities gaining a firm understanding of how the technology of te Community, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (CMRV) process can be used to save our environment.

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