I’m Josue Morales. I’m Cool Earth’s local coordinator in our Awajún partnership.
My job is to coordinate, train, and monitor the two community associations of Urakuza and Huaracayo. I support the associations in planning and implementing their budgets. I conduct training for the associations, and communicate progress in the field to the Cool Earth teams in Lima and the UK.
I’ve had lots of previous experience, having worked as a cacao technician and on fish farming projects across Peru. The biggest challenge at Cool Earth is making sure that the partnerships can continue working on their own in the future.
When I’m not in the field, I love to read, play chess, and listen to music. My guilty pleasure is reading comics.
It really excites me that Cool Earth is an ENIEX [regulated NGO status in Peru] that’s been supporting the sustainable development of forest resources and wildlife in some of the most at-risk communities in Peru.
In the future, I would like to see the Awajún communities leading the management of sustainable fish farming and cacao in the region. I’d like to see them exporting their cacao abroad, improving their family finances and their children’s health.