Your Asháninka Impact Report
Winter 2017

 

THANKS TO YOU, 2017 HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR COOL EARTH

At the beginning of the new year, take some time to explore some of the highlights from Peru that you helped make happen.

You strengthened families

Rainforest is best protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it. It’s no surprise that health and nutrition are investment priorities for our rainforest partners.



Brightly coloured maize in Cool Earth's Amazon project

Eating your greens

Malnutrition is the underlying cause of most health issues in our partner villages. Whilst rainforest is teeming with life, cultural preferences and availability mean people’s diets often depend on a single staple like yucca (manioc). That’s why our Asháninka partners have invested in making protein and micronutrients available to every family. As a result, we have our first nutrition technician, Edgar, who has been running a pilot scheme with 78 families. The perennial challenge of getting children to eat more vegetables has been one of Edgar’s early successes. Tomatoes, spinach, pumpkin and beans are growing in food gardens and he’s meticulously recording what works and what doesn’t so we can scale the project in the coming year.

Your Asháninka Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017

Fish suppers

River fish is the principal source of protein in the Awajún communities that Cool Earth works alongside. Deforestation and contamination have meant fish numbers have fallen and catches declined. As a result, the village of Huaracayo has invested in fish farms. Thanks to Bernado Ipukuy, our fish technician and one of Cool Earth’s greatest assets, a makeshift breeding centre has been built and the fish ponds are brimming with bream. Alongside Cool Earth’s local Coordinator, Josue Morales, Bernado able to produce eggs all year round, providing a sustainable income as well as protein for the over 100 families in Huaracayo. Our Asháninka partners have been learning from their Awajún counterparts who have successfully set up a fish breeding programme. It means there's less pressure on the forest, and more money in the community bank account.



You've grown incomes

One of the biggest drivers of deforestation is poverty. Building diverse income streams that can withstand bad harvest, floods, droughts and unforeseen emergencies can be the biggest asset in a communities’ arsenal against forest loss. Investing in skills, from accounting to engineering, help create options to selling trees. Local people are the first to profit from their future hard work.



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INGA

Slash and burn agriculture destroys huge swathes of rainforest. It sometimes takes just two years to exhaust the soil in a small plot. If a new plot is then cleared, a cycle of destruction can emerge and with smallholder farmers responsible for more than 70% of the food calories produced in the tropics, there is nothing small scale about the impact on the rainforest and global emissions. Cool Earth has focused on halting this cycle using a miraculous native plant, the Inga. The Swiss Army Knife of trees, it fixes nitrogen, restores phosphorous, provides shade for crops and yields firewood. When planted in rows, it stabilises soils and enhances the yields of crops planted in between, so that the same garden plots are used year in, year out.

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Stitching incomes

Following last year’s exchange trip to the Awajún, the Jeto craft cooperative in our Ashaninka partnership is going from strength to strength. Its members will be collaborating with Lima-based designer, CHINCHE to produce a bag collection. Ten members of the group took part in a series of workshops to discuss every stage of production, from designing and pricing to dividing up the tasks. We hope Christmas 2018 will see the fruits of their work on sale around the world.

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Coffee culture

Getting access to local markets can be as much of a struggle as growing award winning coffee and cacao. That’s why so much time has been spent forging links between the Asháninka producers and the cooperative buyers in the local frontier town, Satipo. With a local ethical buyer that offer a fair price and help with shipping the sacks eight hours up river, the growers are taking control of every stage of production.



You improved the health of the forest

From biodiversity monitoring to GIS mapping, measuring forest health is an essential indicator of the success of Cool Earth’s partnerships.



Your Asháninka Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017

Red Alert Species

The Spectacled Bear is the best known Red List species in Peru (thanks in no small part to Paddington) and despite its rarity, the Asháninka Biodiversity Office, Jaime Pena, regularly captures photos of them. Jaime is on a mission to see one first hand, regularly walking for 8 hours a day to fulfil his quest. We hope 2018 will be his year.

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BIODIVERSITY WORKSHOPS

Our rainforest partners know more about the forest than we ever will. That’s why the local Community Forest Watch Teams in our partnerships in Peru, Papua New Guinea are so key to measuring our effectiveness. With the help of camera traps and laptops, the teams collect images and data from the forest. As well as underpinning our monitoring work, the photos are used in the community schools to show animals the children may never have seen.



New Beginnings

It is clear that 2017 has been an incredible year with more rainforest saved and carbon locked away than we could ever have hoped. But as we enter our tenth year, it is clearer than ever that community partners now play the leading role in planning and implementing everything that our supporters fund.

This was always the ambition. The new challenge for a ten-year-old organisation is to understand what works, what doesn’t and how we can now scale up our funders’ impact. That means 2018 will be a pivotal year for Cool Earth. We’ll be kicking it off with a full review of the outcomes we have achieved, from canopy protected to incomes built. The work has already started in Peru and the early findings point to one thing; more control of funding by local people.  

This is welcome news because local control of rainforest has always been a part of Cool Earth’s mission. But it also raises some thorny questions about Cool Earth’s long-term role in our partnerships. So 2018 will be the year we learn from what we’ve done. More importantly, it will be the year when we decide what we don’t do, as much as what we do.

We promise the impact on saving rainforest will continue to grow, but we’ll also come up with a plan for making sure it can continue to grow for many years to come.

Your Asháninka Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017
THANK YOU
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