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In Ecuador, REDD+ Plans Move Forward But Face Critical Challenges

In Ecuador, REDD+ Plans Move Forward But Face Critical Challenges

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Published by: Lauren Connell Johnson on Oct 30, 2012
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In Ecuador, rEdd+ plansmovE forward but facEcrItIcal challEngEs
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Reprt B:Laren JhnsnCrdinatin:ASHINWAKA, Land is LieEditin:Marina Apgar, Gleb RagrdetskPhts:Land is LieDesign:Jessica HehnThis wrking paper is an IPCCA initiatie:www.ipcca.inQit - 2012
 The sheet of paper looked unassuming enough but it made GloriaUshigua’s hands shake.“I just don’t believe this,” she said, unrolling and rolling the sheetback up into a tight scroll. “What is happening to our territory?Where are we going to produce food for our families?”She unfurled the paper again, revealing a map that outlined theboundaries of the ancestral territory of the Sápara—an indigenous Amazonian nation that straddles the border of Ecuador and Peru. The Sápara’s land was outlined in magenta ink. Within this territory,over 300,000 acres were demarcated with a thick green line, anindicator that this area of land would soon be placed underconservation, and therefore, unavailable for traditional agriculturaluse.Gloria Ushigua is the president of the Association of SáparaWomen in Ecuador. She has long, thick black hair and a robustbuild, earned from spending most of her time working in the hillyterrain of the Ecuadorean Amazon. She dresses in casual clothing:cargo pants and a simple tee shirt, usually accompanied by a warmsmile.When Gloria saw the maps, she was shocked. In 2008, electedleaders from the Sápara nation of Ecuador agreed to place over200,000 acres of territory beneath conservation in a governmentprogram called Socio Bosque. Gloria said that neither she nor otherwomen leaders were included in the decision making process.Now in 2012, Gloria discovered that the Sápara leaders werediscussing entering an additional 100,000 acres into Socio Bosque,and yet again had failed to consult with the Association of SáparaWomen.

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