Significant Stories: Building Green Development in Madre de Dios
By fostering a truly participatory process, the stakeholders in this shared journey made it possible for previously marginalized voices to be heard and for significant changes to take place. Their work has spurred the design of an updated regional development plan that safeguards the sustainable use of natural resources and the preservation of indigenous territories and traditional livelihoods, and enforces transparency, gender equity, and adaptation to climate change. Their efforts also helped establish the framework for a regional environmental authority to strengthen environmental governance in Madre de Dios, and created a local base of knowledge and resiliency to sustain that governance over time. These successes in Madre de Dios are now informing and inspiring other initiatives, both at the local community level and on the national scale.