The Kayapó Fund as an innovative financial conservation mechanism

A red breasted toucan in Brazil © IUCN Imène Meliane
Publicado: 10 Abril 2015
Última edición: 17 Julio 2019
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Summary

The Kayapó Fund, developed by Conservation International, is the first trust fund to focus on long-term financing for conservation of the Amazon by indigenous people, the Kayapó peoples of the southeastern Amazon region of Brazil. The Fund launched in 20111, with at least US$8 mio to provide in grants. Grants support monitoring and protection of Kayapó land, development of sustainable economic activities and capacity-building of Kayapó organization.

Classifications

Region
Sudamérica
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Bosques tropicales de hoja perenne
Ecosistemas forestales
Selva baja caducifolia
Theme
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Medios de vida sostenibles
Poblaciones indígenas
Challenges
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de capacidad técnica
Deficiente vigilancia y aplicación de la ley
Desempleo / pobreza

Ubicación

Amazon Rainforest, Codajás - State of Amazonas, Brazil
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Impacts

With the initiative’s early success, the Kayapó Fund can serve as a model for financially supporting other indigenous communities — in Brazil and elsewhere — and their efforts to sustainably manage large areas of land. The Trust Fund benefits approximately 7,000 people in five Indigenous territories. The grants have helped conserve an area of 10.6 million hectares, which is about 3 percent of the Amazon, and constitutes the largest block of tropical forest protected by a single Indigenous group and is encircled by increasing deforestation.

Contribuido por

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Kristen Walker