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Regeneration

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Regeneration places life at the heart of every action and choice, extending its influence across the entire spectrum of existence. This principle resonates just as profoundly within the realms of family, communities, cities, schools, spirituality, commerce, and governments, as it does in the awe-inspiring context of addressing climate challenges.

 

"Scientists studying the Amazon and all its wondrous assets (agree).

Today we stand in a moment of destiny: The tipping point is here, it is now."

- Carlos Nobre, Nobel Prize-winning scientist

 

The Amazon Sacred Forest Project is a comprehensive initiative aimed at reversing the environmental and cultural damage inflicted upon the Amazon's ecosystems, specifically within the Puyanawa People's sacred lands. The project's multifaceted approach includes land restoration, educational campaigns, biodiversity and carbon credits development, and the establishment of a trust to ensure long-term sustainability and protection.

Key Components of the Amazon Sacred Forest Project:

  1. Restoration of Sacred Lands: The primary goal is to purchase and return 11,000 hectares of virgin Sacred Forest in Acre, Northwestern Brazil, to the Puyanawa People, ensuring their stewardship over the land.

  2. Biodiversity and Carbon Credits Development: This involves creating sustainable income sources for the Indigenous people through environmental conservation efforts that also contribute to global climate solutions.

    1. Proposal 1: Emphasize the transition in economic valuation from timber, where the value of chopped wood surpasses that of a living tree, to recognizing a living tree as a valuable carbon sink, thereby inverting the traditional valuation to prioritize living trees over timber.

    2. Proposal 2: Data cooperatives can democratically manage the biodiversity monitoring of the forest and their associated carbon credits, ensuring that indigenous populations remain at the steering wheel of these efforts while also being beneficiaries of their outcomes.

  3. Educational Campaigns: Highlighting the Puyanawa People's story and broader environmental issues through films, series, and books aimed at raising global awareness and support.

    1. Proposal 1: Highlight that regeneration efforts must originate from the Heart of ancient wisdom and practices (sacred knowledge) and from the Heart of Nature itself (sacred lands).

    2. Proposal 2: Insert the “Home of Regeneration” within this educational component. It could enrich the project's offerings by providing a space where theory and practice converge, furthering the project's mission of environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and global education on these critical issues.

    3. Proposal 3: Install a high-definition webcam at a strategic location within the Home of Regeneration, such as a sky bridge or its highest point, to provide live streaming capabilities. This initiative could serve multiple purposes:

      1. Educational Tool: Offer global audiences a real-time window into the Amazon, allowing for virtual tours, educational programs, and increased awareness of the forest's biodiversity.

      2. Conservation Effort: Act as a deterrent against illegal activities by providing real-time surveillance of the forest, potentially in partnership with local law enforcement or conservation groups.

      3. Technological Partnership: Collaborate with technology providers like Starlink to ensure reliable internet connectivity, showcasing how modern technology can support remote communities and conservation efforts.

  4. The Trust: A legal entity designed to hold the land with the Puyanawa as beneficiaries, focusing on cultural and biodiversity preservation, education, and supporting the broader mission through the development of biodiversity/carbon credits.

  5. Global Collaboration and Support: Engaging a wide network of scientists, innovators, nonprofits, and climate leaders, including recognition and support from high-profile platforms and organizations.

Proposal: Data cooperatives, being multistakeholder by nature, can be instrumental in fulfilling this endeavor.

Problem

In Acre, Northwestern Brazil, the Puyanawa Tribe lived for thousands of years in harmony with nature, known as Protectors of the Sacred Forests. 120 years ago, much of the tribe was massacred, enslaved, and dispossessed from their ancestral lands by enslavers. Now their Sacred Forests are threatened by illegal burning, contributing to the "Savanization of the Amazon" and ecosystems collapse.

 

Solutions

  1. We aim to return the Sacred Lands to the Puyanawa People, to protect one of the world's greatest biodiversity hotspots.

  2. We aim to create an institute for education, research, cultural and ecosystems regeneration, by developing and implementing bio-economies and biodiversity / hybrid carbon credits, to provide climate justice and ecosystems regeneration income intergenerationally for indigenous forest protectors.

 

Collaboration

SRI is working with the Puyanawas to accelerate technologies and bioeconomies to protect and regenerate vital ecosystems. Co-leading a team of 120 scientists and innovators we have qualified as XPRIZE Rainforest 2023 Semifinalists in Singapore, been recognized at Davos World Economic Forum, the Science Summit at the United Nations during the General Assembly in New York, 2023. 

 

Campaign

We are co-creating a film and initiative to reverse the tide of devastation and inspire hope with new approaches to ecological protection worldwide.  

Global Benefits

This project will provide a model to protect indigenous peoples and ecosystems globally.

The Regeneration Generation Film & Project

A 2024 internationally co-produced documentary about collaboration for cultural and ecosystem regeneration. Featuring Indigenous leaders who are protectors of the Amazon and other sacred ecosystems, along with global business leaders in sustainability and regeneration, we collaborate to shift consciousness and awaken humanity, to save life on our planet. This project raises awareness to inspire and transform the way we relate and do business - to change humanity's focus from extractivsim to regeneration, and from wealth to wellbeing. 

Synopsis

Regenerating their culture of wellness, spirituality, and ecosystems preservation, Indigenous activists share their wisdom and collaborate with international artists, innovators, scientists, and technologists. At the Science Summit at the United Nations they meet with Carlos Nobre, Nobel Prize-winning earth scientist, Native American superhero actor and cultural revivalist Eugene Brave Rock, Grammy-winning music composer Ricky Kej, Supernature founder Dror, and other heroes of climate action, who join this exploration into the heart of Nature. With director Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, producers GK Reid and Tom DeSanto, best known for X-Men and Transformers.


Photo ©Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri @SRI

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