OUR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
The 4-reserves combined is home to over 150,000 local inhabitants of which over 50,000 are indigenous people.
The population includes five very different and unique cultural groups: Mayagana, Miskito, Pech, Garifunas, and the ladino. The smaller groups, the Pech, Garifunas, and Miskito inhabitants live mostly in the north, alongside the river.
These people collectively own the land have a variety of rights to the land including private ownership and mostly use the land for agriculture.
We initially started our objective back in 2012 renting a number of private land properties in Nicaragua where we underwent research and development of our drought resistant high yielding proprietary castor strains together with oil pressing.
By end 2016 we moved our operation to the last accessible outpost on the Buffer Zone of our Reserve Bosawas. During 2017 to 2019 we successfully built a cooperative of over 350 families concentrated on land restoration and the production of renewable energy via the cultivation of our castor.
Castor cultivation is vital in the regenerative process of restoring land, it too protects food crops from natural elements such as drought or excessive rains or hurricanes and with its foliage and nutrients increases crop yield by up to 30%.
In December 2019 we were sent an invitation by the governing body representing the local people of the Bosawas Biosphere to urgently meet with regard to discussing the issue of food security caused by climate change and soliciting our assistance and expertise.
In January 2020 we met with the president and members of the association deep in the heart of the jungle and entered into a contractual agreement to restore vast amounts of destroyed terrain using our proprietary castor strains and to be in-charge of the socioeconomic interests and development for the local communities, together with preservation efforts related to conservation of natural resources.
Subsequently over the past two-years we were contacted by other indigenous tribe and community leaders from the surrounding Patuca, Tawahaka & Rio Platano reserves who face the same problems in efforts to join our initiatives and amalgamate forces.
Hence today all 4-reserves are now collectively participating in a combined effort to recuperate, restore and preserve the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
Currently there are threats to the conservation of the reserve which include illegal hunting, logging and clearing of land to graze cattle.
Meanwhile international mining companies are pushing to secure land titles in order to extract natural resources all the while Indigenous communities continue to face serious environmental and social degradation.
With your kind support via our initiatives, we aim to unite and protect all who live in our biosphere and together build our goal of an ecologically sustainable independent indigenous society, built on the scientifically approved “4 Returns Approach”.
By uniting communities around a single objective that benefits all creates grounds for change where each individual, their families and the wider community will be galvanized and lead to a greater outcome.
A healthy community that operates independently breeds security and freedom.
With reduced energy and food worries along with economic independence, members of indigenous communities may focus on furthering their own personal development, skills and education, allowing for conservation efforts to take root where biodiversity can be restored and protected.