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Join the Amazon Regeneration with the Quechua Women
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Queshua Women cultivate medicinal plants to share their ancestral teachings and fight for the Amazon. These patient rebels are the guardians of a cultural treasure which heals our modern word. Join their fight and embrace their regenerative wisdom.

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Regenerating the Amazon with the Quechua Women

In its extensive tropical forest Peru guards an extraordinary biodiversity heritage. Yet the Amazon’s ecosystem is seriously threatened by the growth of economic activities such as logging, livestock, monoculture and mining, which generate deforestation (113,000 hectares per year) and pollution.

The Takiwasi Laboratory works with a group of native communities in the Peruvian Amazon to promote the regenerative commercial use of resources of biological diversity. This is a strategy both for the conservation of the jungle and the promotion of local economic development.

Takiwasi Lab accompanies indigenous producers so as to help them convert their informal collecting of medicinal plants into an advanced production process which transforms raw material into medicinal products and natural cosmetics with added value.

The value of Amazonian medicinal plants which is articulated by the Takiwasi Laboratory is in alliance with native communities and their grassroots organizations and seeks to combine environmental regeneration and equity. It proposes an alternative development strategy which values both the conservation of biodiversity and of the cultural identity of indigenous communities in the region.

Regenerating indigenous communities.

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Takiwasi lab does Bio Commerce in Alliance with indigenous communities of the Peruvian Amazon. 82% of the medicinal plants processed and commercialized come from indigenous and peasant communities that protect the Amazon. We make natural products, cosmetics and infusions from medicinal and aromatic plants, produced mainly by indigenous and peasant communities settled in primary forest areas. Through our training programs and the transfer of technologies we have progressively incorporated these communities as suppliers. This reduces the raw materials purchased from intermediaries and ensures the application of environmental responsibility criteria promoted by the project.Ind lab taki proc ela gra 10365.jpg

Promoting regenerative forest use to care for the Amazon.

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The added value of our products has increased by 77% since 2006, allowing us to produce and redistribute more wealth while reducing pressure on the forest. We seek to balance the distribution of wealth with indigenous communities and peasant women in the Amazon, thus minimizing the volume of resource extractions which take advantage of the forest. Our strategy is to add added value to medicinal and aromatic plants. In this way each year the same amount of vegetable raw material yields an increased commercial value. In other words, we generate and distribute more wealth each year, proportionally reducing the pressure on the Amazon forest.Graficos 10365 image003.jpg

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Linking economic development and environmental regeneration.

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Through this strategy, we promote the valuation and conservation of 19,655 hectares of Amazonian primary forest.The indigenous and peasant communities we work with own 19,655 hectares of Amazon forest. We contribute to their conservation by promoting good collection practices and the training of community members who are settled in primary forest areas and in Conservation Areas. We directly ensure the conservation of 2,910 hectares of forest in 3 Native Communities by promoting Forest Management Plans prepared in a participatory manner with community authorities, producer organizations, and by working jointly and synergistically with the National Forest Conservation Program of the Ministry of Environment of Peru ( PNCB-MINAM).

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Applying equity in the distribution of revenue

CONTRIBUTING TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE PRODUCERS WHO SUPPLY US.

Since 2006 we have increased the price at which we buy medicinal plants from the 74 producer families benefited by the project by 62%.

Since 2006 we have been working with 74 agroforestry producers from 21 indigenous and peasant communities in the Amazon.
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Together, we establish their production costs thus ensuring a fair payment and a net profit for the collection and care of medicinal and aromatic plants. In this way we encourage these populations settled in the borders of primary forests to take advantage of their resources without abusing of them.Equidad02.png

Encouraging the participation and economic empowerment of women producers of medicinal plants

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In 2014, 50% of the producers benefited by the project were women. They have supplied 47% of the global raw material and have received 49% of the total remuneration. Among the producers of the indigenous and peasant communities settled in primary forest areas, we try to distribute the economic benefits with gender equity. By involving an increasing number of women each year, then in 2014 we achieved parity. Our data shows that equity in the distribution of benefits between women and men is not only reflected in the numerical equality between the producers and the producers, but also in the quantity of raw materials and their remuneration.EQUIDADGENERO.png

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Strengthening the Autonomy and organization of producers.

Transfering capabilities for the cultivation of medicinal plants and for the transformation and marketing of derived products

150 agroforestry producers have improved their capacities throughout the medicinal plants value chain.

A producer association - Ampik Sacha - has been created and consolidated with its own independent commercial line.

The inclusion of indigenous producers in the production cycle is not the only benefit provided to indigenous and peasant communities settled in areas of primary forest: above all, capacities are transferred so that producers, in connection with the Takiwasi Laboratory or independently, improve the quality of production processes and add value to medicinal plants. Until 2014:

• 105 producers have been trained in Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (BPAR - WHO) and in Sustainable Agroforestry Management.

• 45 producers and producers have acquired capacities for the transformation and commercialization of finished products, under the standards of Good Manufacturing and Management Practices.

• 45 producers with more consolidated participation have been accompanied in the formation of their own organization, the Ampik Sacha Association, which, under the technical advice of Takiwasi, is developing its own line of products.

Valorizing ancestral knowlege on health to strengthen the cultural identity of indigenous communities and to rescue crucial primary care resources.

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180 community health actors have rescued and registered in INDECOPI, as well as more than 236 recipes based on ancestral knowledge about the use of Amazonian medicinal plants. Thus, indigenous and peasant communities settled in primary forest areas also save their knowledge on the use of medicinal plants for primary health care, register intellectual property and keep their own control, without allowing the commercial exploitation of that heritage of ancestral knowledge and practices.

Since 2006, more than 180 community health actors (healers, connoisseurs, the elderly, midwives, etc.) have participated in the Knowledge Collection Workshops, rescuing and registering 236 Traditional Knowledge in the National Registry of Collective Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples of the National Institute for Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property INDECOPI.

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Values for Extinction Rebellion

  • Onboarding new rebels: it turns out that several thousands people have been visiting the Quechua community and Takiwasi  for traditional healing treatment, mostly from europe. Their newsletter subscribers constitute an untapped community of people with strong attachments to the Quechua cause. An XR Quechua chapter could also be imagined.  
  • Providing Rebels with a new social media tech to build impact in direct contact with the indigenous communities, by having transparent impacts measured in real time on social media. As we start with the Quechua community, this could expand to other communities as well. 
  • In return, the indigenous communities have a precious gift to share for the regeneration of the modern world; their down to earth culture is highly effective at healing the modern alienation from nature, people, and common sense. 
  • Helping the audience resist pharmaceutical lobbies which impede their access to traditional medicine as regenerative resource. 
  • Today these people are being suffocated by powerful lobbies and yet they are holding up for us at the front lines of biodiversity and climate justice and they have keys to heal our modernity. What should we do about it? We need to push back. XR wants to Participate in the protection of the Amazonian rain forest by joining the indigenous people in defending their natural habitat and promoting their healing culture. Rebels on social media want to connect with the frontline communities to drive direct measurable impact. 

Who should we connect with at XR to discuss a communication campaign with the Quechua women?

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Videos

Infusiones Sumak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJH4NTNAINs 

Cosecha de Uña de Gato: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdTZVd9N2Nw 

Uña de Gato de Chirik Sacha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi2JlUzz-iA 

Recolección de plantas medicinales en Chirik Sacha (este es un video corto, solo imágenes, no se habla) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHTijh_6Xuw

“Cat's Claw - From the forest to the world”, que pero tiene subtítulos incrustados en inglés https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu3T6YuFKb8

For more information in Spanish, please visit http://www.laboratorio.takiwasi.com/nosotros.php

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