Indigenous women leadership promotes sustainable development in Puerto Prado

A community of the Amazonian Cocama-Cocamilla People abandoned its land on the banks of the Ucayali River due to scarcity of resources to survive. They have been living, since 1999 and led by Ema Tapullima, in Puerto Prado, on the banks of the Marañón River. Community members purchased the land and they were officially recognized as a native community in 2003. In 2008, Ema became the first woman in the Loreto region who became Lieutenant Governor of her community. Currently, families manage forest resources in a sustainable manner, they are running a project of community-based tourism and are in the process of recovering their cultural assets.

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