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Project presented by Mauro Reyes - mauroalejandro@gmail.


Developing Alternative Local Economies

The origins of this community based project are allocated into the conservation issues and local initiatives indentified by the Entropika foundation; and the Conservation governmental organism in the area. Into the foundation flag project: The Woolly Monkey Project: Status and Conservation of Primates in Amacayacu National Park, Colombian Amazon: A community based research project, it has been recommended: Find alternative sources of income: carry out a feasibility study of the local economic initiatives identified in order to find sustainable alternatives and to tackle the problem of over-fishing and overhunting capybara, tapirs and peccaries (Maldonado, 2007, p.16)

Main aim
The main purpose of this project was to: Identify and facilitate a feasibility study to implement fish farming through collaborative and participatory research with local families of the Mocagua Community. A strategy that looks for fortify the local economy in a sustainable manner and thus to guarantee food security of the Mocaguans and to reduce natural resource use at the south zone of the NNP Amacayacu.
An indigenous coming from his Chagra in a peque peque boat

Need and urgency

This project responds to the challenges that indigenous reservations face derived from the globalization of the economy and problems. Today indigenous needs have turned out to be western needs product of the economic transition from a subsistence

and self-sufficient economy, to one articulated to the global market, resulting in needs such as medicines provided by national health systems, and commodities they did not need before such as school supplies, clothes, batteries and petrol, where cash generation is of vital importance for them.

Project presented by Mauro Reyes - mauroalejandro@gmail.com

This situation has included them in problems of global concern such as the climate change where the current discourse states they have intensified pressure on the environment. This project suggests then strengthening local livelihoods in a sustainable manner and through building alternative economies.

Developing Alternative Local Economies

. To be a food source for scarcity periods. . To be self sustainable. . To reduce overfishing. . To develop knowledge on the biological realm . To be a study case on the community projects implementation, increasing selfesteem and self reliance on people. . To develop special financial schemes to assist projects of this kind, likely characterized for having high financial loss risk but with a high degree of social benefit; including private, governmental and third sectors.

.It uses the available plants, land and animals that exist already into the community. .It aims to keep the monetary flows more time into the community as it takes advantage of the governmental resources oriented for buying food, being used in external markets. .It is a project with a high social benefit likely to be supported by social organisms. The project has a minimal environmental impact due to it uses local inputs, including indigenous fish species.

The local initiative and its special remarks

As result of the current facilitation process it was written alongside the community members a project proposal with all its respective cost - benefit calculations, called: Tambaqui and Colombian bocachico ponds implementation for community income generation and food source for the Mocagua community. South zone of the influence area at the National Natural Park Amacayacu, Colombian Amazon. .It is an alternative solution that has the potential of solving the problem of food security in children and elderly people at the community .It is an individual initiative into a collective context, benefiting the community with food provision rather than with money as it has been conventionally proposed in other projects resulting in conflicts for bad money management. The financial benefits of the project go to the owners for reinvestment.

Institutional Support

Don Jaime catching sardines with his fishing net

. To be a learning source to give place to other initiatives of this kind; for specific segments of people such as students and young people