Matt Simpson has just returned from the indigenous community of Kavanayén in the Gran Sabana of Venezuela
Matt Simpson has just returned from the third and final visit to the community of Kavanayén, Venezuela. The village is surrounded by tabletop mountains, waterfalls, wetlands, forests and savanna which make up Cainama National Park. As part of Project COBRA, teams have been to remote areas of Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Colombia and Venezuela.
Project COBRA (Community Owned Best practice for sustainable Resource Adaptive management), is a three-year research project, funded by the European Commission. The aim of the project is to explore, record and disseminate community owned solutions. The project has involved the participation of a number of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) across Europe and South America, in collaboration with several European research institutions and WWT Consulting. The project has worked with a group of five community participants from the North Rupununi in Guyana who were responsible for engaging with other communities across the region to share best practice community owned solutions from the villages of the North Rupununi.
In Kavanayén, the team has worked with a very enthusiastic and dedicated team from the community who have been implementing activities to rescue their culture, such as the use of the Pemón Arekuna language and traditional hunting and farming techniques. They have also been documenting their own best practice of ecotourism so they can share their experiences with other communities across the region. In September the project is organising an indigenous film festival in Georgetown where communities from the six countries will come together to share their experiences.