Here at Aqua Expeditions, we place great importance on giving back to the local community. Together with the NGO Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA), we recently hosted a training workshop for the Amazon’s Puerto Prado native community. The workshop focused on the usage and handling of chambira fiber. This is an important part of the year-round economy for the Amazon people as it is used to make a wide variety of products from hammocks and fish nets to everyday string, brooms and dental floss.
Under the guidance of a trainer from the El Chino native community, villagers were taught about “conservation through use”, educating the community on how to use their indigenous surroundings to create a reliable source of income.
Training included advice on correct management of the chambira fiber when making the products as well as as villagers’ responsibility in looking after the palms to ensure conservation of the valuable plant material for future generations.
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