Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga

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Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga is a collaboration to CO-CREATE Thriving Futures WITH the Indigenous Peoples stewarding the Machiguenga Communal Reserve.

Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga is a collaboration between the ECA Maeni (the Indigenous co-management entity of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve), the Machiguenga Communal Reserve team of the National Protected Areas Service of Peru (SERNANP), and Legado. The program is a multi-year partnership to work with Indigenous peoples of the Asháninkas, Matsigenkas, Yine Yami, Quechua, and Kakinte—key stewards of Andes-Amazon.

HOW IT BEGINS

Futuros Vivos:Machiguenga (the Spanish name for the program chosen by the ECA Maeni) began in 2022. In 2023, the partners will work together to begin our legacy convenings and the creation of Legacy Plans, priorities, and actions. Please stay tuned for more updates on this process.

The Machiguenga Communal Reserve itself includes the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Andes, Yungas on the steep mountain slopes with cloud forests, and the high-elevation region in the Andes mountain range and is home to endangered jaguar and spectacled bear as well as six endangered species of macaw and tapir, deer, wooly spider monkey, and other important species. It’s also a central corridor of the Avireri-Vraem Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Meet our Partners

ECA Maeni
The ECA Maeni is the Indigenous co-management entity of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve. It is a non-profit association which focuses on the co-management of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve involving local participation in the administration, management, and conservation of the reserve. Established in 2006, the ECA Maeni works to strengthen local capacities in management and sustainable use of natural resources, the development of economic activities compatible with conservation, and improving the quality of life of its member communities. The ECA is comprised of 15 communities (14 of which are Indigenous communities) that are located in the buffer zone of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve, representing Asháninkas, Matsigenkas, Yine Yami, and Kakinte Indigenous groups.

The Machiguenga Communal Reserve, National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP)
The Machiguenga Communal Reserve team is part of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP). The team is made up by a director, technicians, park guards, and volunteer park guards that together with the ECA Maeni co-manage the protected area respecting the knowledge, innovations, and conservation practices of Indigenous communities with the aim of guaranteeing the conservation of biological diversity, for the benefit of the neighboring Asháninkas, Matsigenkas, Yine Yami, and Kakinte communities. Some joint activities include coordination with neighboring communities to carry out activities including natural resource management, environmental education, small scale agriculture, and patrolling of the area.

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ABOUT MachiGUENGA

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POPULATION:
7,000 Indigenous Peoples

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SIZE:
281,905 ha of Amazon Rainforest

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MAJOR LIVELIVHOODS:
Smallholder agriculture

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ICONIC WILDLIFE:
Rich in endangered and threatened species such as jaguar, macaw, tapir, and many others.

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CONSERVATION VALUE:
The Machiguenga Communal Reserve is a central corridor of the Avireri-Vraem Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.