Joining forces to protect nature
People Fishing in the Pilcomayo River. Photo: Fundación Yangareko
By Janis B. Alcorn
A beautiful new website celebrating the Gran Chaco and the Plata River Basin was launched in July 2009, by the “Cuenca de la Plata – Gran Chaco Group,” recently created by Garfield grantees Yangareko, Urundei, Proteger, and FUNGIR, in collaboration with Fundacion Gran Chaco, to coordinate their efforts in this vast region.
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Tapiete and weenhayek leaders from communities of the Pilcomayo River in Bolivia, decided to start activities for training, monitoring and cleaning of waste. In this picture, families weenhayek near Villamontes fishing sábalos.
Villamontes, Bolivia, august-20-2009.- Indigenous peoples from Tres Pozos, Algarrobal, San Bernardo, San Bernardo North Capirendita, Samuguate and San Antonio, raised issues relating to water quality and environment, and the state of conservation of fishery resources in the basin of the Pilcomayo . After a training period they will begin registering community based monitoring of fishing gear, species, quantities, sizes and weights, and water data will be also taken. Another result of the meeting was the agreement to move towards a Binational Commission of Indigenous Peoples of Pilcomayo in Bolivia and Argentina under the concept of “Protectors of the Pilcomayo”.
Mariscador del Bañado de la Estrella, Formosa. Foto BC/Ecofilmsa.
The communication project is part of a brand new initiative to make a contribution to the current challenges faced by climate change, high levels of poverty and deterioration of natural resources in the region. Urundei, Proteger, Fungir, Gran Chaco and Yangareko work with local communities in the basin of the rivers Pilcomayo, Paraná, Paraguay and Parapetí in ecosystems of Chaco in Argentina and Bolivia, with other related organizations in Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil in the La Plata Basin. The portal will facilitate access to information, documents, maps and photographs, as well as an updated news section and to the videos of “Voces del Chaco”.