Overview of projects

Illustrative list of projects carried out by Venezuelan grassroots organizations to protect our Amazonia

(Last updated in April 2022 based on input from various Venezuelan NGOs)

Organization
Union Huottoja Betania de Topocho (UNIHUO-BT)
www.mivecindario.com
Email:jsangoper@gmail.com
Tel: +58 04263669620
Responsible/Coordinator:
* Oscar Gabriel González Perez C.I. v17675371
* Juancito Sando González Perez. C.I.v17106874
* Julio Enrique Lisandro C.I.v13714867

Description
Boosting of sports and recreational activities in the Arumecha Antonio Coronel Sports and Recreational Center, in the Huottoja Indigenous Community of Betania de Topocho, Parhueña parish, Atures municipality, Amazon state.

Location
Sport and Recreational Center at Arumecha Antonio Coronel, Tigrera, Indigenous Community  Betania de Topocho.

Beneficiary
Wötjüja Community

Status
Ongoing

Organization
Todos por el Futuro
IG- todosxelfuturo
Clima 21
Clima21 | Observatorio Venezolano de Derechos Humanos Ambientales
Phynatura
PHYNATURA
Watunna Venezuela
NOUS | watunna

Description
“Somos Caura” is an educational program to empower local communities in the Caura River Basin teaching them about their basic rights, training them to prevent health hazards caused by mercury in their diets and promote conservation.

Location
Caura River Basin

Beneficiary
Several Indigenous groups and local communities in the Caura River Basin area

Status
Ongoing

Organization
Sur del Orinoco
www.svecologia.org/insight-to-mighty-southern-orinoco-ii-edition
Email: surdelorino@gmail.com
Telf. +58-4123791415
IG: @surdelorinoco
Responsible/Coordinator: Vilisa Morón Zambrano

Description
“Una Mirada al Sur del Orinoco” wishes to contribute to the creation of a more coordinated and comprehensive movement to promote the end of illegal mining through the creation of (1) bridges between the different organizations that work in the territory, (2) the visibility and strengthening of the role of defenders of the territory of the local communities; and (3) scientific dissemination amidst masses that provide basis for the formation of criteria of the Venezuelan citizenship.

Location
Amazon and Bolívar state

Beneficiary
All communities in the Amazonian Region

Status
Ongoing

Organization
FUDECI
https://fudecive.org/
Email: aferrerperez1@gmail.com
Telf: +58 414-5998977

Description
Management and conservation of the Arrau Turtle in the Caura River.
Research, use and environmental education to Protect the Arrau turtle or Orinoco turtle and the Terecay in the Caura River.

Location
NP Caura, Bolívar State

Beneficiary
Indigenous community and Podocnemis expansa (endangered specie)

Status
Started 20 years ago; waiting for funds to continue

Organization
SOTALIA
https://es-la.facebook.com/proyectosotalia/
Email: bricenoyurasi@gmail.com
Tel: +58 412-5553962
IG: proyectosotalia

Description
Conservation of the Orinoco Dolphin (Tonin).
Research, state of health and conservation, environmental education and bases for ecotourism that guarantee the conservation of the Orinoco dolphin.

Status
Ongoing

Organization
IVIC
Email coordinator: stachowicz.izabela@gmail.com
Izabela Stachowicz
Tel: +48 504 726 421

Description
Ecotourism: through funding from the UNDP Small Grants Program, training was provided in the development of infrastructure with low environmental impact and attention directed to ecotourism, with the main focus on the conservation of the biodiversity associated with Urapan tepui.

Location
Bolivar State (San Miguel de Betania)

Beneficiary
Pemon Community

Status
Completed

Description
Promotion of socio-environmental rights: meetings, training, leadership and development of socio-productive projects, currently focused on the production of honey and continuously seeking funds for the development of actions.

Location
Bolivar State (El Pauji)

Beneficiary
Pemon Community

Status
Ongoing

Organization
Municipality project
Telf. Indigenous in chair: +58 426-2951096
Darcy

Description
Support with musical instruments, concert mounting equipment and funding to organize visits to different communities and promote their own culture and bridges with universality through musical interpretation.

Location
Bolivar State (Manacri)

Beneficiary
Pemon Community

Status
Ongoing

Organization
GRIAM
Email coordinator: betancmont444@gmail.com
Telf: +58 426-2252693
Responsible/Coordinator: Luis Betancourt

Description
Project “Young Indigenous Defenders of the Amazon”, which includes training and activism in environmental defence of the Amazon and Venezuelan Orinoquia. The relevance of this project is based on the need to form defence movements in this important region of the country, in view of the growing mining activities and their serious socio-environmental consequences.

Location
Amazonas State (Cataniapo)

Beneficiary
Wötjüja Community

Status
Meetings with sectoral indigenous leaders and preliminary coordination have begun, but funds are awaited for the effective initiation and execution of the project.
Waiting for funds.

Organization
CEPAI
Email: cepaiamazonas2007@gmail.com
Telf. Oficina: +58-248-5214956
Responsible/Coordinator Richard A. Sarmiento
Telf. +58-416-1475692

Description
COCOA: SUPPORT AND IMPROVEMENT OF THEPOST-HARVEST PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT, Use and commercialization of cocoa,
Also, CEPAI supports the Yekuana and Wötjüja indigenous communities with the collection of products and with technical support for their transformation to improve the use and income: honey, banana flour, seje oil, fiber chiquichiqui and others.

Location
Amazonas State (Manapiare and Suapure basins)

Beneficiary
Yekuana and Wötjüja

Status
This project began in 1982 with the village Huöttöja that currently produces 120 tons. Financing is needed to complete the collection center, buy new machines and for maintenance

Organization
Fundación Tierra Viva
https://www.tierraviva.org/areas-de-trabajo/productos-con-historia/
Telf. Coordinador: +58 416-7249487
Alejandro Luy

Description
“PRODUCTS WITH HISTORY”
Fundación Tierra Viva promotes the marketing and commercialization of products from economic initiatives in various parts of Venezuela, they are products with history. This is how we serve as a sales platform for indigenous entrepreneurship projects.

Location
Delta Amacuro, Bolívar y Zulia state

Beneficiary
Warao, wayúu y ye´kwana population

Status
Ongoing

Organization
Fundación Tierra Viva
https://www.tierraviva.org/areas-de-trabajo/gestion-socioambiental/
Telf. Coordinador: +58 416-7249487
Alejandro Luy

Description
Improved water purification, access to health and strengthening livelihoods of the Warao communities

Location
Delta Amacuro state

Beneficiary
Warao population

Status
Ongoing

Organization
Kape Kape
https://kape-kape.org/

Description
Monitoring the economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of the indigenous peoples of Venezuela

Location
Amazonas, Bolívar, Monagas y Delta Amacuro

Beneficiary
Indigenous communities

Status
Ongoing

Organization
Fundaredes
https://www.fundaredes.org/
Email coordinator: josemejiasguzamana@gmail.com
lacausaramazonas@gmail.com
Telf. coordinator: +58 4269133637 y +58 4129333750

Description
Evaluation and analysis of the surface of the Venezuelan Amazon rainforest affected by illegal mining activity. A geostatistical approach.

Location
Amazonas state

Beneficiary
Indigenous communities

Status
Waiting for funds

Organization
Fundaredes
https://www.fundaredes.org/
Email coordinator: josemejiasguzamana@gmail.com
lacausaramazonas@gmail.com
Telf. coordinator: +58 4269133637 y +58 4129333750

Description
Social and economic empowerment of indigenous artisan women from various communities in Atures Municipality (Amazonas state).
Contribute to the establishment of the welfare state of indigenous artisan women, considering the cultural and social diversity of the amazon state.

Location
La Reforma, Coromoto and Agua Blanca communities, (Atures municipality, Amazonas state).

Beneficiary
Wötjüja Community

Status
Waiting for funds

Description
“POROKATA” is an award winner Project (World Economic Forum/Uplink- Top Innovator in Amazon Bioeconomy Challenge) working with the Kuy Yeremepö indigenous community in Venezuela to expand traditional agroforestry systems that are in harmony with the ecological integrity of the Canaima National Park (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site), preserve the indigenous Pemón ancestral knowledge and improve the quality of life of local communities.

Location
Kuy Yeremepö indigenous community

Beneficiary
Pemon Community

Status
Ongoing