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Articles made from spectacled caiman leather of the Takana Indigenous Territory

Articles made from spectacled caiman leather of the Takana Indigenous Territory
(April 20, 2012) The new Walisuma collection of spectacled caiman leather goods includes handbags, wallets and accessories originating from managed populations within the Takana Indigenous Territory. These goods will include a label specifying the origin of the leather and the ecological characteristics, management and conservation of the species by the Takana communities within an environmental, economic and social sustainability perspective.   To date the Spectacled Caiman Management Association “...

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Re-launching the zip-line circuit of Villa Alcira

Re-launching the zip-line circuit of Villa Alcira
(April 10, 2012) The Community Canopy Tourism Initiative of Villa Alcira is integrated by 12 families, and it is located in the Takana Indigenous Territory (TCO Takana), within the limits of PNANMI Madidi. It is a critical area for the conservation of jaguar and white-lipped peccary populations serving as connectivity between Madidi and the Indigenous Territory. In 2011, WCS contributed to re-launch the zip-line circuit, initially established in 2008, through the renewal of infrastructure, capacity building and...

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TO DO! 2011 Award to San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge

TO DO! 2011 Award to San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge
(April 04, 2012) At the 17th International Socially Responsible Tourism Contest between the 6 and 10th of March in Berlin, the Tourism and Development Institute (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.) awarded the first prize TO DO! 2011 to the community-based tourism project “San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge”, represented at the event by Constantino Nay. San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge is run by 35 Takana families of the community of San Miguel, located in the Takana Indigenous Territory in ...

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WCS involvement in tracking ongoing zoonotic disease outbreaks in Bolivia

(November 30, 2011) At the beginning of November, following an unusual disease outbreak in Bolivia, WCS was contacted by national authorities, particularly the Ministry of Public Health, the National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety (SENASAG) and General Directorate of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (DGBAP), requesting technical assistance, within the framework of the PREDICT project, to conduct epidemiological studies and support the establishment of measures to control these diseases. The stat...

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Commercialization of spectacled caiman hides with added value

Commercialization of spectacled caiman hides with added value
(September 09, 2011) One of the mid-term objectives of the sustainable harvest of spectacled caiman in the Takana Indigenous Territory (TCO Takana I) is to commercialize added value products in specialized markets.The tanning of leathers for sale as a processed product (and not only salted) was a first step in this direction, which allowed CIPTA and the Matusha Aida Association to increase profits and to distribute additional benefits to the partners and communities sustainably harvesting the spectacled caiman. The...

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