Pachamama Alliance Overview
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Target demographics: Empowering Our Indigenous Partners
The Pachamama Alliance understands that indigenous people are the rainforests' natural custodians and, thus, the key strategies of our alliance focus on empowering them to stand for and represent their own interests as a modern world encroaches on their land and way of living.
One of our initiatives is to support the governance processes of our partners—including the Achuar, Shuar, Shiwiar, Zapara and Kichwa—with tools and strategies to strengthen their areas of decision making and accountability as well as administrative capacity, including accounting, planning and leadership evaluation.
We also work to strengthen the capacity of our partners to advocate for their rights collectively through the formation of networks and alliances. We assist in their efforts by forming advocacy strategies and developing proposals to promote changes in legal and institutional frameworks that encourage respect for human rights and nature.
Awakening the Dreamer Initiative
The invitation from our South American allies was clear: if we really want to help them, we need to go to work in our part of the world.
The Pachamama Alliance's response to the request from the Achuar is the Awakening the Dreamer Initiative, which aims to wake people up from the destructive dream that is currently devouring the planet, and to inspire us to step consciously into a new dream–the pursuit of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this Earth.
Right now, the principal focus of our energy in this area is the Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium, a half-day workshop designed to awaken and inspire people to take action in pursuit of this vision. The aim of the Symposium is to grapple with and reconcile the very assumptions that underlie the way we see the world and our place in it, and with what each of us can do - both individually and cooperatively - to move the world in this new direction.
Each year, The Pachamama Alliance leads more than 150 people on a journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon for a 10-day stay at the Kapawi Ecolodge. These Rainforest Trips give people a direct and intimate encounter with the Achuar—an ancient people in the early stages of their relationship with the modern world. Visitors experience the soul-stirring awe of being in the heart of one of the largest untouched stands of primary rainforests in the world, and they learn what it's like to live in harmony with the Earth directly from the elders and shamans of one of the world's oldest and most intact remaining dream cultures.
Demonstrating the Economic Value of the Rainforests
By supporting the successful transfer of management and ownership of the Kapawi Ecolodge to the Achuar people and by continuing to coordinate ecotourism trips by people from the modern world, The Pachamama Alliance joins our indigenous partners in demonstrating the viability of economic alternatives to oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
The Pachamama Allianceunderstands that indigenous people are the rainforests' natural custodians and, thus, the key strategies of our alliance focus on empowering them to stand for and represent their own interests as a modern world encroaches on their land and way of living.
One of our initiatives is to support the governance processes of our partners—including theAchuar, Shuar, Shiwiar, Zapara and Kichwa—with tools and strategiesto strengthen their areas of decision making and accountability as wellas administrative capacity, including accounting, planning and leadershipevaluation.
We also work to strengthenthe capacity of our partners to advocate for their rights collectivelythrough the formation of networks and alliances. We assist in theirefforts by forming advocacy strategies and developing proposals to promotechanges in legal and institutional frameworks that encourage respectfor human rights and nature.
Historic Ruling in Favor of Indigenous Rights
This July, following a decades long legal battle guided by Fundación Pachamama (FP), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights made an historic ruling in favor of the Kichwa community of Sarayaku and against the Ecuadorean government for pushing forward with oil development in violations of the rights of the Sarayaku people. The ruling established a new standard for “prior informed consultation” relating to oil exploration and development activities in indigenous territories.
Regional Gatherings Raise Profile of Collective Rights in the Amazon
Pachamama supported two major gatherings focused on new international standards for the collective rights of indigenous peoples. Strengthening regional networks is crucial in the face of systematic violation of human rights in the region.
Fundación Pachamama Informs Environmental Public Policy and Actions
FP continued as president of CEDENMA, Ecuador’s largest network of environmental NGOs, and made great progress by forming important legal suits, participating in the creation of environmental public policy, and successfully using research, mobilization, and lobbying to halt destructive projects in indigenous territories.
UN-funded Study Lays Groundwork for Legal Enforcement of Rights of Nature
The Rights of Nature program successfully concluded a two-year study, funded by the United Nations Development Program, of projects in Ecuador that violate the constitutionally recognized Rights of Nature. With this groundwork in place, legal action is now being developed around open pit mining.
Publications and Projects Engage the Public with a New Dream for Ecuador
The possibilities of an alternative development model were brought to life through publications and educational projects, including an Amazonian Cinema Festival; expansion of a complementary currency project in partnership with a national credit co-op network; and the initial findings of a scientific study questioning the longterm economic benefits of the newest oil round in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Renewable Energy Projects Expand Transportation, Economic Alternatives
A project was launched to introduce solar-powered boats as part of a communityowned, water-based transportation network along the Pastaza River and its tributaries. The system will be designed with help of students and faculty from MIT. Solar panels were also installed as part of a similar initiative at the Ti’inkias ecolodge.
2012 Accomplishments Around the World
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Reaches 72 Countries
The Pachamama Alliance’s flagship workshop, the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, has now been delivered in over 72 countries and in 13 languages, thanks to more than 3,500 trained volunteer Facilitators worldwide who are bringing the Symposium to their local communities and are working with allied organizations to magnify the spread of the message.
Global Partnership Poised to Take Symposium Message into New Countries
Through a partnership with Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University, a specially adapted version of the Symposium was introduced in 2012 and is being offered through the thousands of Brahma Kumaris Centers in 118 countries around the world.
U.S. Facilitators Co-create Next Phase of Work at Community Leadership Huddle
Volunteer leaders from across the US gathered in September at a four-day Leadership Huddle and formally created an initial network of 25 Pacha-Community centers across the country to carry forward Pachamama Alliance’s work. The participants also crafted the next phase of our educational work which will include implementation of a system of online and direct in-person engagement following the Symposium; new avenues for outreach and marketing of the Symposium; and a continued refinement of our offerings to stay relevant and potent for new audiences.
Generation Waking Up Sees Success with Trainings Worldwide
Generation Waking Up, the youth oriented component of Pachamama’s work, saw expansive growth this year, thanks to a new one-day WakeUp Facilitator course, a leadership training in Brooklyn, NY (the first on the East Coast of the US), additional trainings in Australia, Germany, and the UK, and a special seven-day Summer Leadership Academy for leaders ages 16 to 30 on Whidbey Island, WA.
18-month Social Justice Training Begins
The Pachamama Alliance began an 18-month long engagement with a “social justice” focused consulting firm to educate ourselves and identify opportunities to expand and modify our educational programs to more directly address structures and systems of power and inequity in our society that are dividing and separating us and standing in the way of the realization of a thriving, just and sustainable world for all.
High-impact Pachamama Journeys Bring Allies from the Modern World
Nearly 200 people participated in 13 separate deep immersion journeys to the heart of the Achuar territory, connecting with indigenous people, the origins of Pachamama Alliance and the spirit of the rainforest itself. A key component of the journeys is the visit and experience at one of two Achuar-owned and managed ecolodges— Kapawi or Ti’inkias, both of which we have supported since their inception.