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Design and Implementation of a Socioenvironmental Information and Monitoring System in the Chocó-Manabí Corridor
Design a socio-environmental monitoring system for assessing the state of biodiversity in the Chocó-Manabí Conservation Corridor. The system will serve as an early warning and threat detection tool for conservation practitioners and decisionmakers helping to strengthen policies and environmental management in the corridor.
Consolidation of Community Protected Areas to Improve Biodiversity Conservation in Eight Community Councils of the Pacific Coast in Accordance with the Integrated Environmental Management Plan of the Community Councils Affiliated with RECOMPAS
Continue the process to consolidate community nature reserves, advancing the implementation of their management plans and the regulation of community uses in eight of the 12 community reserves that make up the RECOMPAS - Red de Consejos Comunitarios del Pacifico Sur - in the region of Tumaco.
Community-Based Strategy to Conserve the Malaga Bay Region of the Pacific Coast of Colombia as a Contribution to Conserve the Choco - Manabi Coast
Develop legal protection of the mangroves along the southern portion of Colombia’s Pacific coast, and the local community-based support to manage these important areas into the future. The project directly links to CEPF’s investments on the Ecuadorian coast supporting the improved protection of the Cayapas-Mataje Ecological Reserve, thus helping to create a bi-national corridor of coastal mangrove forests.
Building the Chocó-Manabi Conservation Corridor, Phase II
Continuing the CEPF coordination activities in the Choco-Manabi Conservation Corridor, continue reviewing new Letters of Inquiry and full proposals, monitoring CEPF grants, carrying out site visits, and assisting grantees in conflict resolution and coordination among other CEPF grantees and stakeholders.
Pilot Experiences in Conservation Management of the Humid Coastal Forests of Punta Galeras, Southeastern Chocó, Ecuador
Implement a follow-up phase to the earlier project, Conserving Highly Threatened Coastal Rain Forest of Punta Galeras to Achieve Connectivity with Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve, implemented by EcoCiencia and continue efforts to protect the highly threatened humid coastal forests of Punta Galeras, creating connectivity with the Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve.
Development of the Payment of Environmental Services for the Conservation and Restoration of the Biological and Multicultural Corridor of the Munchique-Pinche National Park
Develop and test a model for providing payments to farmers for the provision of environmental services. Farmers will be chosen in strategic areas to help create connectivity within the biological corridor of Munchique-Pinche National Park.
Communication Strategy for the Chocó–Manabi Conservation Corridor (Phase 2)
Implement the Choco-Manabi Conservation Corridor Communication Strategy that resulted from the first phase project funded by CEPF to develop such a strategy. The project will promote the corridor concept, help train local journalists in reporting on biodiversity conservation issues and will develop communication networks among key regions within the corridor.
Southern Preparation Phase: Development of Latin American Proposals for the 2005 Forest Stewardship Council Assembly
Conduct the Forest Stewardship Council Assembly for Latin America to discuss problems and issues related to forest certification in Latin American countries. The aim is to arrive at agreement on how best to use this certification tool in the Latin American context. This is of specific interest to many of CEPF’s community-based grantees.
Effects of the Fragmentation of the Landscape and Indicators for the State of Biodiversity Conservation in the Chocó Ecoregional Complex
Design and implement a socioeconomic biodiversity monitoring plan for the Choco-Manabi ecoregional complex to include data on forest fragmentation; key bird, small mammal, and reptile species; and priorities for decisionmakers. Proposals for new protected areas will be part of the final products of this effort.
Connectivity of the Golondrinas Protected Forest and the Awa Indigenous Territories of Northern Ecuador: Preparatory Phase
Coordinate the inter-institutional working group of the Bosque Protector Golondrinas, including building awareness, and planning and coordination of the process to put in place the management plan for the area together with the communities and local authorities.
Communication Strategy for the Chocó–Manabi Conservation Corridor (Phase 1)
Carry out the first phase of a communication strategy for the Chocó-Manabi Conservation Corridor. This first phase will bring together key partners in the elaboration of a shared communications strategy and workplan for the full implementation of a communications strategy.
Strengthening Local Government Capacity for Conservation Planning and Implementation in the Machalilla National Park - Chongon Forest Reserve Subcorridor
Increase local and provincial government capacity to conserve critical areas in Manabi through training, development of local conservation plans, improved coordination of government activities, provision of basic equipment, community outreach, fundraising and monitoring. Project results will include declaration of new municipal parks, improved coordination with Machalilla National Park and community conservation projects in critical areas.
Conserving Highly Threatened Coastal Rain Forest of Punta Galeras to Achieve Connectivity with Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve
Support participatory approaches to conserve the biodiversity conservation corridor spanning Punta Galeras – Mache Chindul reserve. Activities include the establishment of a network of local nongovernmental organizations, private landowners and municipalities to support conservation efforts; development of a conservation action plan; placement of 1,000 hectares of forest under formal protection; and community-based development projects in buffer zones.
Chachi Reserve Zone Planning Grant
Carry out a planning grant for the possible creation of a reserved zone on indigenous lands in the northern Ecuadorian Chocó.
Preparation of a Land and Cultural Use Plan for Awá Indigenous Territory of Barbacoas and Tumaco, Colombia
Prepare a land-use and management plan for the Awá indigenous territories of Barbacoas and Tumaco in southwest Colombia though a participatory process that integrates traditional uses of local resources. The project supports an assessment of the state of natural resources, identification of traditional uses of these resources, training of community leaders, development of a zoning plan and land-use policies and community outreach.
Pangan Project: An Initiative to Achieve Community Conservation in the Pangan Reserve
Promote a network of private reserves in southern Colombia near the Ecuador border through direct conservation action, ecological research, public education and construction of infrastructure for reserve management. As first steps, improve management of the 15,000-hectare Pangan Nature Reserve and promote sustainable development in communities on the park's borders.
Achieving Stakeholder Collaboration for the Sustainable Development of Northern Esmeraldas - Support for the Ecological Summit Process
Support a process of dialogue and agreement among 120 organizations in order to develop and implement the Sustainable Development and Conservation Plan for Esmeraldas. The grant supports activities to implement municipal ordinances for conservation, development of local agreements for conservation among municipalities and nongovernmental organizations, establishment of biological corridors and development of a land-use plan for the entire region.
Building a Global Constituency for Biodiversity Conservation
Implement a series of targeted public awareness and education campaigns in nine hotspots in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Campaign leaders participate in an intensive training course at the UK's Kent University or Mexico's Guadalajara University, prepare detailed plans to implement campaigns, link with a local organization in their region and commit to a minimum two years with that organization.
Using the Eco-Index to Allow Organizations Working in Neotropical Hotspots to Share Experiences and Glean Lessons from Colleagues
Facilitate the exchange of information about experiences, challenges and best practices developed through various conservation projects throughout Central and South America, including CEPF-funded projects in the Atlantic Forest, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador, Mesoamerica, and Tropical Andes hotspots. Project goals, experiences and information will be disseminated through the Eco-Index in English, Spanish, and where relevant, Portuguese.
Regional Forum Prior to the Summit for Ecology and Development in the Northern Region of Esmeraldas
Support a meeting of more than 400 representatives from local and national organizations, government and the private sector through the Inter-Institutional Coordination Committee of San Lorenzo to discuss and recommend a conservation and development strategy for the Northern region of Esmeraldas.
Building the Chocó-Manabi Conservation Corridor
As the Chocó-Manabí Coordination Unit for CEPF, coordinate and catalyze the development of projects that, through the biogeographic and thematic priorities identified in the CEPF ecosystem profile, will have positive impacts on the region's biodiversity. The unit will strengthen the capacity for environmental management of governmental and nongovernmental actors.
Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy People: Linkages Between Biodiversity, Ecosystem Health and Human Health
Cover travel and full participation costs for individuals from the Atlantic Forest, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador, Guinean Forests of West Africa, Madagascar, Philippines, and Tropical Andes hotspots to attend the Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy People conference.
Preparing NGOs in Colombia and Ecuador for the Application Process in the Chocó-Manabí Conservation Corridor
Conduct a series of workshops in Colombia and Ecuador to provide guidance to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on the CEPF application process and investment strategy for the Chocó-Manabi corridor.