What The Paris Agreement means for Cool Earth’s partner villages


By Nazario Manrique, Asháninka Project Coordinator, Lima

Nazario-Cool-Earth-Peru“I met with Edwin Montenegro this week, the president of ORPIAN, which is a regional organisation for the indigenous people of the Amazonas. Edwin went to the COP21 talks in Paris and I talked with him on his return in Bagua, in the Amazaonas region.

He said that nothing happened as the big developed countries do not want to commit and support the poor countries. Since Kyoto there have been many expenses and meetings and nothing is really changing. He said the communities really don’t feel any impact at all of the COP outcomes.

I agreed with everything he said. In terms of COP21, the communities don’t know anything about it. We can inform them on what we see or know about the COP discussions but in the end I don’t think this is going to change anything for them.”

BUT IT'S NOT ALL BAD NEWS FOR COMMUNITIES

Areas protected as community forest are 11 times more likely to resist illegal logging and agricultural clearance compared to reserves and state land.

Cool Earth gives a higher proportion of funds directly to communities than any other organisation. This means that there couldn’t be a better time to support Cool Earth’s model of community-led conservation.

By giving control back to the people that depend on the forest for survival, we can secure our survival.

The answers aren’t in Paris, they’re in Parijaro, and the 117 other villages that are saving rainforest with Cool Earth.

 

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