Investing in people

CAFI alumni lead initiatives in indigenous communities.

The month of August brought with it wonderful experiences for two former students of the environmental training course for Indigenous youth offered at the Amazon Indigenous Training Center (CAFI). The Conservancy supported the project for more than five years.

Genisvan André, from the Makushi ethnic group, went to Indonesia to attend the Global Conference on Participatory Mapping of Indigenous Peoples, where he presented on his experience with ethno mapping of indigenous lands in his home state of Roraima. Genisvan is a Geographic Information System (GIS) technician, and uses the set of tools to interpret satellite images and produce maps. Gesnivan first learned about GIS at CAFI and once he completed the course, the Conservancy supported his hiring by the Indigenous Council of Roraima (CIR), an organization that brings together communities from across the state and works in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

Young Francinara Martins, from the state of Amazonas, was elected as the new treasurer of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon (COIAB), the largest indigenous association in the Brazilian Amazon region. Her appointment took place at the General Meeting that brought together more than 500 indigenous leaders. The position is one of the most important in the organization and demands the type of technical knowledge taught at CAFI trainings.


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