Production and use of renewable energy in the Ecuadorian Amazon region
The aim of the indigenous peoples and this project is development on a cultural basis, integrating technologies that are both modern and environmentally-friendly into their ways of life. Most important of all is conservation of the rainforest and its biological diversity as a living space for the next generation. Significant in this is the introduction of renewable energies for personal use and for productions to market. The model was prepared and developed in so-called sample communities of different indigenous peoples in Ecuador to later also make the results available to other indigenous communities in the Amazon region.
The project was divided into two phases whereby the first of these involved research and development (2002-2005) and the second training and production (2005-2009).
At the start of the project, three indigenous peoples, namely the Shuar, Achuar and Kichwa who dwell in the south-east of Ecuador, selected communities in which the project should be implemented and enhanced. These so-called sample communities comprise 8,000 Shuar, 5,000 Achuar and 15,000 Kichwa (a total of around 28,000 indigenous people) whose territories include approx. 20,000 square kilometres of untouched rainforest. After four years, the project was then extended to 120,000 inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Oriente, as well as made accessible to an unlimited number of forest communities in the Amazon Basin.
INDIO-HILFE e.V. in cooperation with Climate Alliance’s European Secretariat
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A project description and the financial plan are available for download as PDFs (in German).
An updated report from October 2005 can be viewed here (in German).