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Climate action in rural communities during COVID

by FUNDACION PRO ECO AZUERO
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID
Climate action in rural communities during COVID

Summary

As we celebrate Earth Day, rural communities in Azuero are simultaneously vulnerable to climate change and the impacts of COVID. Pro Eco Azuero is supporting climate change action advocates at the peak of the Azuero dry season and Panama COVID epidemic by giving them income through microcontracts to produce seedlings and artisanal products from the comfort of their own homes. This project supports precisely the MOST vulnerable populations to COVID- elderly, low-income community members.

$12,000
total goal
$4,280
remaining
74
donors
1
monthly donor
8
months

Challenge

Once mostly tropical dry forest, Panama's Azuero peninsula is now a degraded agricultural landscape that is less than 7% forested. Climate change imperils local wildlife and hurts the wellbeing of local communities. Azuero's population is one of the most vulnerable populations to COVID- elderly, low-income community members, and economically they are being affected due to the fact that small scale agricultural work is often done in groups here and the tourism industry has crashed.

Solution

As the 2020 reforestation season approaches, we have partnered with some of the most knowledgeable community elders in touch with the land to produce seedlings and artisanal products from the comfort of their own homes through microcontracts. This program empowers people who may otherwise feel isolated or experience income loss to become the everyday heroes Azuero needs to increase resilience to the looming climate crisis by reforesting local watersheds with native and fruit species.

Long-Term Impact

In a country that's in total lockdown, the project empowers rural community members to produce and generate income through this difficult time. We hope that this becomes a way to support their families while accelerating efforts to combat another crisis humanity now faces - climate change. The project is directly tied to our vision of restoring an 80 km ecological corridor that restores spider monkey habitat, protects watersheds, enhances food security, and builds climate change resilience.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.proecoazuero.org
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Organization Information

FUNDACION PRO ECO AZUERO

Location: Pedasi, Los Santos - Panama
Website:
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Twitter: @proecoazuero
Project Leader:
Pro Eco Azuero
Pedasi, Los Santos Panama
$7,720 raised of $12,000 goal
 
78 donations
$4,280 to go
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