Supported projects 2014

Resettlement of the Basyvyke- Chamacoco (Yshiro-Yvytoso) community, Puerto Caballo, Paraguay

In 2013 this Yshir-Yvytoso community of 27 families recovered 8,500 hectares of land and received communal land title from the National Indigenous Institute of Paraguay. Despite this, protecting their legally acquired land is a constant struggle against Brazilian, Uruguayan, Paraguayan, Korean, Bolivian settlers as well as private organizations with international funds for "environmental protection”. With the accompaniment of Intercultural Action Group Sunu this project will develop a participatory community resettlement plan and work to strengthen the community organization and its ‘capacity to make decisions collectively regarding ways of building a more just and dignified life. Data regarding the families willing to resettle will be collected and strategies for ensuring access to food, health, housing and education analysed.

Increasing visibility of the South American Chaco – A documentary

This initiative of the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires conveys the natural beauty and cultural and ethnic diversity of the Chaco region as well as the socio-environmental conflicts suffered. The documentary aims to trigger awareness amongst citizens in general and decision makers in particular leading to action regarding deforestation and loss of bio-diversity in the region. The SPF funded the post-production process of the documentary.

Gender based violence and Access to Justice

Gender based violence is one of the worst problems faced by Bolivian women of all ages, classes and ethnic groups – the country has the highest levels of violence reported by women aged 15-49 in all of Latin America. This project seeks to monitor gender-based violence in Yacuiba, Gran Chaco Province of Tarija through two key actions. The first through research and dissemination of information regarding gender based violence cases – in particular feminicide and sexual violence - reported to the justice system. This information will be made available to media, universities and public and private organizations related to the defence of women´s rights. The second is through a series of Working Groups to discuss the status of access to justice for victims of gender-based violence. The project is lead by the Centre for Regional Studies of Tarija in partnership with women leaders from the Guarani People´s Assembly of Yacuiba.

Resisting oil exploration in the Calilegua National Park

The National Park Authority of Argentina has approved a proposal from Chinese Petrol Company JHP and state-owned Jujuy Mining and Energy (JEMSE) to carry out an environmental impact study to expand an oil-drilling project in Calilegua National Park. The park, located in the northern province of Jujuy, is one of the most bio-diverse environments in Argentina. It was created in 1979 to preserve 76,306 hectares of unique mountain cloud forest also known as Yungus, and for its environmental importance as a corridor linking the tropical yungus to the low land Chaco. Traditionally indigenous territory – today a number of Kolla and Guarani communities continue to live on the borders of the park who will see their access to safe water affected by the expansion of oil extraction activities. High levels of pollution from lead, chrome and chloride have been detected in two local streams that represent the main source of water for rural communities living on the borders of the park. This project, lead by the Guarani Peoples Assembly of El Bananal Community, seeks to resist oil exploration in the National Park through an awareness raising campaign amongst affected communities as well as legal measures using environmental law and indigenous rights law.


Sustainable inter-cultural tourism in Nueva Pompeya, Argentina

The objective of this project is to strengthen capacities and improve access to education and job opportunities for indigenous and non-indigenous young people in the community Nueva Población in the Impenetrable Chaco region. The creation of the new La Fidelidad National Park in this region by the Provincial Government represents a unique opportunity to develop community tourism projects and contribute to conservation. In partnership with the Ministry for Social Development, the project will carry out social tourism training with a group of young people and develop an environmental inventory of the territory in preparation for community tourism projects.