ProAves is a Colombian NGO dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through research, outreach and direct conservation actions in collaboration with local communities.
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Bogotá D.C - COLOMBIA
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Women for conservation
With the support of American Bird Conservancy(ABC) and Audubon Naturalist Society, ProAves is expanding its successful pilot program, Women in Conservation, to help protect six of its bird reserves by promoting business opportunities for women living in the nearby rural communities.
Latest addition :Monday 1 August 2011
Women for conservation - Video 2009
Many of the local communities present a challenge to reserve management because they often cut forests to create food plots or for lumber to sell, and hunt wildlife. Women in particular lack job opportunities, and often have to resort to illegal poaching or wood-cutting to provide food for their families.
A successful pilot program, begun by ProAves in 2004, trained women from four villages to use natural, non-threatened resources to create handicrafts such as macramé, hand-painted objects, and embroidered bracelets and bookmarks. ProAves sells finished products at shops on their reserves, and at events, exhibitions and ornithological meetings worldwide. The money goes directly to the community, generating both income and a positive attitude towards the reserves among the local community. ProAves also employs local men as forest guards and guides, field assistants, and to help with reforestation activities, further benefiting the community, and designs environmental education programs to involve local children in conservation efforts.
With ABC’s support, ProAves and Audubon Naturalist Society is now expanding the program to other communities (see map), helping to alleviate pressure on the reserve’s protected resources.
As principal guest speaker at a women’s event in Manchester (England), the wife of former British Prime Minister, Cherie Blair, received a necklace from the ProAves led program Women for Conservation, which she wore during her presentation.
Amparo Crafts launch their new website www.amparocrafts.com, designed to promote and market handcrafts made by local communities in ProAves "Women for Conservation" program. This initiative seeks to alleviate poverty in rural areas around protected areas in Colombia through empowering women to produce and market fair trade and environmentally-friendly products.
The members of Women for Conservation show how they collect Tagua palm seeds in the Paujil Reserve, an amazing seed that looks like ivory and is used as an environmentally-friendly natural material to decorate handicrafts.
ProAves provided a comprehensive medical and health checkup for the members of its Women for Conservation program beside El Paujil Bird Reserve. During the event, women and children received for the first time free medical and dental and school kits as well as gas stoves and cylinders to cook without using firewood.
These products are made by the group Women for Conservation. These products are a sample of the collection and each design uses different colors and materials. To obtain more information and purchase these products please contact agomez @ ecoturs.org
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