Pachamama Foundation

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"Pachamama Foundation was created in 1997 in Ecuador as the sister organization of The Pachamama Alliance. The roots of The Pachamama Alliance 'born in Ecuador in 1995, when a group of tourists from San Francisco visited the territory of the Achuar, an indigenous people who maintained their traditional way of life in a remote region of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. During this visit, indigenous leaders suggested they make an alliance against deep concern over the increasing threats to their territory and culture. So, after returning home, Bill and Lynne Twist, two members of that group, founded 'The Pachamama Alliance,' in order to commit to supporting, self-determination of indigenous peoples to develop a global vision that blends the Western world the natural and spiritual knowledge of the indigenous cultures of the jungle."[1]

"Since its inception in 1997, Pachamama Foundation supports Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve , now internationally recognized, among others, in 2010 awarded by the United Nations as one of the best community ecotourism projects worldwide. Pachamama Foundation also supports other Achuar community ecotourism initiatives, such as Tiinkias Ecotourism Center , we believe that this alternative form of development contributes to the conservation of cultural and natural diversity...

"Pachamama Foundation was one of the organizations that supported the inclusion of the rights of nature in the 2008 Constitution. Since then, we seek to respect and guarantee these rights in Ecuador and promote discussion worldwide. Pachamama Foundation is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature, created in 2010 and composed of organizations and individuals from all over the world.

"We facilitate the symposium "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream" , to raise awareness and inspire participants to create a human presence on the planet that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling. Thanks to the great work of our sister organization, the symposium has reached 71 countries and is translated into thirteen languages.

"We support the Yasuní-ITT Initiative from the beginning, because we applaud the idea of ​​keeping the oil underground and invest in renewable energy. Throughout the years, several members of the strategic team Pachamama Foundation directly involved in the Initiative and have contributed to civil society has an important role in it.

"Since 2008, we are a member of Accra Caucus, a coalition of civil society in countries with tropical forests, seeking recognition and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to their lands, territories and resources, and traditional uses of forest policies in fighting climate change.

"Nationally we have participated as a representative of the Ecuadorian Coordinator Defense of Nature and the Environment (CEDENMA) in building spaces REDD + policies with MAE mechanism to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples. Pachamama Foundation is a member of the Ecuadorian Coordinator Defense of Nature and the Environment, CEDENMA, and was chosen by unanimous vote to pursue the period 2011-2013. In the past, Pachamama directed several major labor groups such as the Group of Mining and Forest Group." [2]


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  1. Pachamama Foundation History (translation), organizational web page, accessed December 17, 2013.
  2. Pachamama Foundation 15 years, organizational web page, accessed December 17, 2013.