ACOANA was created in 1995 by a group of friends who shared the same vision of biodiversity conservation in Venezuela. Since then, our epic navigation through Guayana has been constant, persistent, rebellious, and free in its research/activities to promote human wellbeing as a route towards the conservation of the fabulous tropical system of the Guiana Shield.
We focus our efforts on promoting essential functions within the population of the community (i.e. to have good health), as well as more complex functions to promote a better life within their set of values (i.e. participation in community life, defense of ancestral land, development of artistic abilities within their own culture, to enjoy family relations, to live within their own culture in a protected traditional habitat, etc.). The conceptual frameworks of our interventions are based on focusing on human development and capabilities, ecological health, adaptability in continuous learning, and the feasibility of the system.
As our work has reached its maturity, our mission remains unrelenting with regards to our vision of biodiversity conservation, but it now takes less conventional paths to the biology of conservation. For us, to approach conservation of the biodiversity of life, means to focus on what people are capable of being, and doing, to live the life they wish, linked with valuable functions of natural ecosystems, which are the pillars of human development and well being.
We play the role of an ethical mediator between the local and global scales, in order to reinforce ethnic identity, social acknowledgment of the intrinsic value of ethnic creativity, as well as to value artists and their works in high-end markets. We document the relationship between the works of art and the Amerindian culture.
Creamos capacidades relevantes al estudio, la protección y el aprovechamiento sostenible de la biodiversidad. Defendemos el derecho humano a un ambiente sano. Promovemos soluciones comunitarias propias como enfoque para responder a los desafíos futuros de sustentabilidad ambiental.
Desde los marcos de referencia ecosalud y manejo adaptativo, desarrollamos investigación – acción para la eliminación de la malaria en sociedades Amerindias en ecosistemas boscosos. Y buscamos mejorar en forma duradera las capacidades para la atención primaria en salud en áreas remotas de la región Guayana.