ONU premia el trabajo de la organización ecologista DECOIN de Ecuador

Ecuador: DECOIN win major United Nations conservation prize

El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) y sus aliados han anunciado hoy los ganadores del Premio Ecuatorial 2017, reconociendo 15 comunidades locales e indígenas de África, Asia y América Latina. DECOIN, organización miembro de YLNM es una de las ganadoras ¡Felicidades!

La organización Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Íntag (Decoin) es una organización activa en el Valle de Intag desde hace más de 20 años. Brinda apoyo esencial a las comunidades que resisten los intereses mineros, conservando más de 12.000 hectáreas de biodiversidad andina y promoviendo opciones alternativas de subsistencia para 38 comunidades.

Decoin

El valle subtropical de Intag, está ubicado en Cotacachi, en la provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador. Tiene un alto interés para empresas mineras, pues se estima que el subsuelo guarda cobre y molibdeno.

La organización Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Íntag (Decoin) acaba de recibir un importante reconocimiento de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU). Su programa para el Desarrollo anunció el Premio Ecuatorial 2017 a 15 organizaciones de América Latina, África y Asia, entre las que se encuentra Decoin.

Las organizaciones ganadoras son aquellas presentan soluciones innovadoras para enfrentar la pobreza, el medio ambiente y los desafíos climáticos. Entre las organizaciones que ya han recibido el reconocimiento se incluyen zonas comunitarias protegidas, cooperativas agrícolas, iniciativas de protección de las especies silvestres, comités locales de agua, bosques administrados por la comunidad y las zonas marinas, así como los bancos de semillas administrados localmente.

DECOIN de Intag, Ecuador

Decoin comenzó a trabajar en 1995 cuando las primeras empresas mineras llegaron a la región, interesadas en los depósitos de minerales y metales. Actualmente se lleva a cabo en Intag el proyecto minero Llurimagua, de cobre y molibdeno. Según José Cueva, director de Planificación del Municipio de Cotacachi, “el Estado también ha entregado otras concesiones mineras” que mantienen preocupada a gran parte de la población por los impactos negativos conocidos de la actividad extractiva.

El esfuerzo de Decoin ha permitido “conservar más de 12 000 hectáreas de biodiversidad andina y proponer alternativas de subsistencia en 38 comunidades campesinas”, explica Carlos Zorrilla, uno de sus miembros de Decoin. Entre los proyectos que llevan a cabo se encuentra la producción de café orgánico y el turismo comunitario, además de la creación de una reserva comunitaria de bosques. “El premio es un reconocimiento a nuestra labor de conservación con las comunidades de Intag durante los últimos veinte años. Dicho trabajo, no necesito decirlo, habría sido imposible sin vuestro incansable apoyo y confianza en nosotros”.

Más sobre el premio Ecuatorial de la ONU

223 comunidades de 72 países que han recibido el Premio Ecuatorial desde su creación en 2002.

Decoin junto a las demás organizaciones ganadoras serán honradas en una gala de celebración en Nueva York el 17 de septiembre de 2017. ¡Felicidades!

Además, un representante de la comunidad se unirá a una cumbre de una semana en Nueva York durante la 72ª Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas.

Más información:
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The Yes to Life, No to Mining Network congratulate DECOIN, deserved winners of this year’s prestigious UN Development Programme Equator Prize, on over twenty years defending land and building alternatives to mining.

11 July 2017. YLNM.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners have announced the winners of the Equator Prize 2017. Recognizing 15 local and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the winning organizations all showcase innovative solutions for tackling poverty, environmental, and climate challenges. They will be honoured at a celebratory gala in New York on 17 September 2017.

DECOIN Recognised

Among the winners this year is the Organization for the Defense and Ecological Conservation of Intag, or DECOIN. The award is a recognition of DECOIN’s conservation work with the communities of Intag during the past twenty-two and a half years and their successful defence of their territory from large-scale mining.

Inspiring Defence

Over the past twenty years, the people of Intag have mounted a courageous and sustained challenge to the plans of numerous companies who wish to mine the region’s super-biodiverse cloud forests for copper. The latest attempts have been made by Codelco, the Chilean state-owned mining company, but so far the people of Intag have succeeded in preventing mining.

Read more: 21 Reasons not to mine copper in Intag 

Building the alternatives

Founded to confront this mining threat, DECOIN promotes conservation measures and alternative livelihoods to advance the conservation of the area’s Andean biodiversity. Over two decades, the organization has created community-based forest reserves to protect watersheds in 38 communities, totaling 12,000 hectares. Sustainable agricultural activities such as small holder organic coffee production, aquaculture, poultry farming, and egg production, as well as eco-tourism ventures, provide additional income to struggling families and viable alternatives to mining, which remains a strong pressure in the area.

DECOIN’s work is a truly inspiring example of rejecting the destruction of large-scale mining whilst proactively building the alternatives. YLNM congratulates this inspiring organisation and all of the courageous men and women protecting land, water and life in Intag.

Watch: Community Project Coordinator William Andagoya on building alternatives to mining (Spanish)

“We are pleased- no, make that ecstatic– to announce that the UN Development Programme has chosen DECOIN as one of 15 winners of this year’s Equator Initiative. The award is a recognition of our conservation work with the communities of Intag during these past twenty-two and a half years. The work, needless to say, would have been impossible without your untiring support, and trust in us”, say DECOIN in a statement.

 


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