The Shipibo-Konibo suffer from chronic infections and illnesses - many of which can be easily cured. However, many live in remote locations and the price of pharmaceuticals compromise their access to healthcare. Creating medicinal botanical gardens that are highly replicable can help provide access to sustainable and traditional healthcare, educate youth on medicinal plants and generate income through sustainable tourism and fair trade medicinal products.
The Shipibo-Konibo have a long cultural history of traditional healing and possess vast knowledge of medicinal plants. However, this generation has experienced difficulty in merging this traditional knowledge with the greater contemporary healthcare system. Increasingly, younger generations leave behind ancestral knowledge, opting instead for other income generating activities. Therefore, there's been a steep decline in the transmission of precious medicinal plant knowledge to Shipibo youth.
Medicinal botanical gardens have the capacity: 1) to improve the community's health care through the revitalization of Shipibo ancestral medicinal knowledge, 2) to protect and demarcate this part of the Amazon rainforest, and 3) to provide an alternative means of economic revenue for the community, incentivizing stewardship and conservation over extractivism.
We are currently working with rural, semi rural and urban Shipibo populations. Our goal is to replicate a regenerative model to co-create a web of healthy, vibrant communities that work symbiotically with the forest they depend on. Linked by permaculture impact centers, communities will pair landscape regeneration with entrepreneurship to create livelihood opportunities that cultivate awareness and sovereignty - growing sustainable economies, revitalizing culture, and educating for resilience.