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Equator Initiative Case Study - PENAGMANNAK

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PENAGMANNAK is a federation of 17 peoples’ organizations – self-help groups or cooperatives – working to conserve biodiversity in the Mt. Talinis area of Negro Oriental province. With their roots in the Mt. Talinis and Twin Lakes Biodiversity Conservation project (1996-1999), these groups’ early activities included communal tree-farming and environmental awareness-raising.
Since the Mt. Talinis-Twin Lakes area gained protected status in 2000, the groups’ work has focused on the development of an area management plan, which has outlined policies for the management of the 15,287-hectare area and delineated land use zones. The role of the federation has been to improve the management capacity of these groups, and to facilitate the development of sustainable livelihoods through including micro-lending, livestock dispersal, and organic fertilizer production, among other activities. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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