Paraguayan farmer (left) proudly presents her produce with Carla Sbert, Nature Canada manager of conservation programs and legal issues Nature Canada is very proud to have successfully completed our latest project in Paraguay, where we helped nearly 500 women farmers in four rural communities to increase their food security, improve their health and strengthen their awareness of their own democratic rights. We worked in conjunction with our BirdLife International partner, Guyra Paraguay, the Gatineau-based Place aux agricultrices : nurricieres du monde (who invited Nature Canada into the project as a “sponsor” due to our international experience), and the Paraguay social development organization Fortaleser. What does this have to do with nature conservation? Many of the women in this project live… read more →
Our BirdLife partner in Paraguay, Guyra Paraguay, has been raising the alarm about the rapid deforestation of the Chaco for years. This area is critically important for indigenous peoples, wildlife and ecosystem services, like water.The rate of deforestation is estimated at about 36,000 football fields per month. Watch this video to learn more:
On this day of celebrating the achievements of women around the world, Nature Canada is highlighting our current integrated conservation and development project in Paraguay. Working with local partners Guyra Paraguay and Fortaleser, our project will enable Paraguayan women farmers to fully participate in the integral rural development of their communities. The partners will work with 450 women farmers in four communities to improve their food security, health, gender equality and democratic governance, and to raise their awareness of the need for biodiversity conservation. The women will receive the tools and training they need to pursue organic farming, product commercialization and to reduce soil degradation and unsustainable use of natural resources. Photo by Fortaleser
In March 2009, Nature Canada began implementing a 2-year project to support women in 4 rural communities in Paraguay to produce organic vegetables, improve their health and strengthen their awareness of their democratic rights. Last week my colleague Mohamed Niang from our project partner Place aux agricultrices : nourricieres du monde and I were in Paraguay to visit the project. Our local partners in this project are Fortaleser and our BirdLife Partner Guyra Paraguay. The project is funded mainly by the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency. On Tuesday, we visited Isla Pucu and Caaguazu which lie approximately 2 and half hours west of Asuncion. We were greeted by a large group of women who are participating… read more →
Through its international program, Nature Canada works to promote biodiversity conservation for people and birds in the Americas. In Paraguay, we are working with our Canadian partner Place aux agricultrices : nourricieres du monde and our local partners Guyra Paraguay and Fortaleser, to improve the livelihoods of women farmers and increase their awareness of biodiversity. The Canadian International Development Agency, our primary funder, has highlighted our project in a recent communique. Visit our website for more information about this project and our international program. Also, stay tuned for an update in October, as I return from a visit to our project partners and the women farmers we are working with in Paraguay. Photo: Vulnerable Pipile jacutinga by Jose Luis Cartes
Like many “Canadian birds” that go south, so do we. As a partner in BirdLife International, Nature Canada not only works to protect birds and their habitat in Canada; we also raise funds and share skills with our partners in the Americas. Recognizing the links between poverty and conservation, we aim to improve the livelihoods of people who live in areas that are important for birds and other biodivesity and to help them become better stewards of their environment. This spring we launched two new projects, one in the Caribbean and one in Paraguay. Check out our newly updated website to learn more about our approach, our past work, our partners, and our current projects!