Women for Conservation's partnership with the Jucumari Program promotes Andean Bear conservation in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Focused on community-based sustainable weaving initiatives, it addresses human-wildlife conflict (HWC) and fosters positive change.
Human-wildlife conflict poses a direct threat to Andean Bears in Cochabamba, where bears roam freely, leading to conflict with local communities. Negative perceptions and retaliatory killings jeopardize the species. COVID restrictions amplify challenges in implementing educational programs.
Collaborating with Programa Jucumari, we're tackling Human-wildlife conflict threatening the Andean bear in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Using ArcGIS, we map bear habitats and grazing lands, urging ranchers to relocate cattle. Engaging local communities in discussions, we advocate for formal protection. Simultaneously, our weaving program empowers women, providing sustainable income and fostering biodiversity awareness. Join us in preserving the Andean Bear and building sustainable livelihoods!
The program has achieved milestones, including legal recognition of Andean Bears as cultural heritage and decreased negative perceptions. Sustainable weaving empowers women economically. With ongoing education and monitoring, we envision lasting harmony between communities and Andean Bears, ensuring their survival. Your support fuels positive change; join us in weaving a future for Andean Bears!