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Dilwyn Jenkins 1957-2014

DilwynIt is with great sadness that we announce that Dilwyn Jenkins, the founder and Director of Ecotribal Ltd has passed away. He passed away peacefully on November 12th 2014 in Lima, Peru. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, both in Wales and in Peru.

Ecotribal’s work supporting indigenous communities to develop sustainable livlihoods will be continuing. Please see below more information about Dilwyn’s life and work.

http://www.coolearth.org/general-news/some-very-sad-news
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/09/dilwyn-jenkins

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Tsimi Elections

On September 9, 2012, elections were held for the new Directors and the new President of Tsimi in a community assembly that 85 members of the community attended.

The newly elected officials are as follows:

  • The President of Tsimi is Julian Quispe
  • The Vice-President of Tsimi is Fermín Máximo
  • The Secretary of Tsimi is Eliseo Mendoza
  • The Secretary’s understudy is Javier Pérez López
  • The Treasurer is Telma Colón
  • The Treasurer’s understudy is Iraida López

Following the elections, between October 8th and 11th, Ecotribal held a capacity-building workshop with the former Treasurer of Tsimi and the newly elected Treasurer and Treasurer’s understudy in order to ensure knowledge transfer and training for the new treasurers. This training workshop is intended to help the treasurers learn bookkeeping skills and how keep track of Tsimi’s investments and money.

N the same week, the newly elected President of Tsimi, Julian Quispe also received some training in order to prepare him for his new duties as President.

Julian Quispe, who had served as the President of Cutivireni from 2006 to 2007, has high hopes for the future of Tsimi, “The Association must help keep the forest standing, just as our ancestors have done, and it must therefore refrain from selling or destroying the forest; we must leave a forest for our children.” As for his views about his new position, Julian feels that “[his] community needs [him] and that [he] will keep working and supporting Tsimi, the Bioclimatic Association, in order to strengthen the organization.” Finally, he feels that the most important part of his new job will be to “plan the use of the natural resources from the forest, because the forest provides the community with life.”

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Ashaninka Coffee

Ecotribal have been importing Ashaninka grown coffee coffee beans for four years.

The coffee we buy is grown under the shade of trees in small scale rainforest gardens on the lower slopes of the Andes.

We buy it direct from CUTIVIRENI, an indigenous Ashaninka community on the Rio Ene, and SANCORE (an Association of Ashaninka Coffee producers) who grow the coffee between 800and 1200m above sea level in the Peruvian Amazon. SANCORE means leaf-cutter ant in the Ashaninka tribe’s language.

Although grown naturally, the scale of export is presently too small to cover the costs of organic certification. The purchase price paid to the producers by Ecotribal is above market and Fair Trade prices. Ecotribal is assisting the producers with technical workshops, field trips as well as the organic certification process.

For more information please see the Ecotribal Trading Coffee page and details of last year’s harvest

or contact dilwyn@ecotribal.com

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Ashaninka Avoided Deforestation

Avoided Deforestation in Peru’s Central Amazon

Lead organisations: Cool Earth, Ecotribal (UK & Peru) and Tsimi (Ashaninka Bioclimatic Association, Cutivireni Community, Rio Ene)

Ashaninka Avoided Deforestation

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE (February 2008 to May 2010)

  • indigenous forest-owning communities contact Ecotribal to assist with developing an avoided deforestation project based on an annual income for the environmental service of sustainably managing their forest resources (income established within the voluntary carbon market since March 2008)
  • secured immediate protection of 54,000 hectares of rainforest (3 Ashaninka communities refusing to sign contract with loggers: Cutivireni, Camantavishi and Parijaro)
  • participatory elaboration of situational analysis to determine immediate community needs and skill requirements
  • community organisation legally established (Tsimi – Ashaninka Bioclimatic Association) for financial and strategic management and to provide a framework for information flows and decision making as well as the ongoing development of community skills and resources
  • intensive delivery of capacity building at Tsimi and village levels (via a participatory process through which the Ashaninka select topics that need addressing: administration, account keeping, climate change, recycling of solid waste, sustainable agro-forestry etc.)
  • Tsimi organising voluntary Ashaninka patrols along the community forest boundary, painting trees to mark the limits of their territory to ensure that loggers keep out
  • field visit for Tsimi members and community leaders to a working example of sustainably managed and certified rainforest owned and operated by a Shipibo community near Pucallpa

OUTPUT FOR 2010-2011

  • completion of a feasibility study (anticipated by end of April 2010) prior to development of a Project Document (PD) and Strategic Plan for Tsimi’s avoided deforestation project
  • start process of certification through the VCS, CCBA and FSC processes
  • establishment of Tsimi Rainforest Education and Interpretation Centre at Cutivireni with small solar powered office, meeting space, some lodgings (both for Tsimi leaders when gathering for meetings and for appropriate outside visitors), demonstration forest garden (showing selected important species), model tree nursery and possibly a small fish farm
  • ongoing capacity building and best practice development with Tsimi and at village level
  • training of Ashaninka GPS field teams
  • development of a forward looking ‘business plan’ for Tsimi and the communities based on a portfolio of sustainable projects (carbon and water environmental services, cacao and coffee production, fish-farming, eco-tourism, craft goods and forest management

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