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Fundacion para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan

Quito, Ecuador
www.cofan.org

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions Recipient

Fundacion para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan was awarded $1,630,000 between 2003 and 2017, including 6 grants in Conservation & Sustainable Development and MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

$250,000

2017 • 3 years

Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan (FSC) is an indigenous support organization founded to help reclaim and protect ancestral territory in the northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon. FSC emerged from a conviction that unless the Cofan people became more assertive in protecting their traditional lands, rights to that territory would be irrevocably weakened, resulting in eventual disappearance of their very culture. FSC focuses on practical, on-the-ground actions that contribute to safeguarding these lands from illegal or poorly regulated logging, mining, agriculture, and oil extraction. It has successfully protected over one million acres of rainforest, wetlands, and rivers through an innovative strategy that combines formal alliances with the Ecuadorian government, extensive field presence of Cofan rangers, and a network of community-based conservation projects. This unrestricted support allows FSC to improve its accounting and financial management and to continue its critical indigenous-led conservation efforts in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

$200,000

2014 • 2 years, 11 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development

Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofán (FSC) is an indigenous support organization committed to biodiversity conservation and research, protecting Cofan ancestral territory and natural resources, developing ecofriendly employment opportunities, and educating the next generation of Cofan leaders. The purpose of the grant will be to create new municipal protected areas that protect the headwaters of the bi-national Mira watershed and maintain environmental services such as streamflows and carbon sequestration values of forests.

$500,000

2012 • 1 year • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan works to reclaim and protect ancestral territory in Northeastern Ecuadoran Amazon. FSC has successfully protected over 1,000,000 acres of rainforest, wetlands, and rivers through an innovative strategy combining formal alliances with the Ecuadoran government, extensive field presence of Cofan Rangers, and a network of community-based conservation projects. The purpose of the recommended grant is to create a stable and sustained organization by seeding a long-term endowment fund, establishing a cash reserve, paying off office mortgages, improving field station infrastructure, consolidating staffing structure, and implementing a fundraising strategy.

$240,000

2009 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

In support of the Cofán Park Guard Program, Cofán leadership development, and the creation of a sustainable financing mechanism (over three years).

$240,000

2006 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

In support of the Cofan Park Guard Program and the development of future Cofan leadership in northern Ecuador (over three years).

$200,000

2003 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

In support of training in protected area management for indigenous Cofan in northeastern Ecuador (over three years).

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