United Nations SDGs
Global Goals for a Sustainable Future
Piaroa Society is Peaceful and Amenable to Cooperation
The indigenous Piaroa know the importance of nature and the environment. They have been struggling to hold onto their native territories ever since they were invaded by the Spanish speaking Venezuelans over 100 years ago, in our case with peace and making many concessions to the new settlers. Today the Piaroa still retain 90% of the native territory which has been inhabited by them for more than 3,000 years.
In 2015 members of the Piaroa of Catañiapo, Cuao and the Paraguaza associated with Globcal International which promotes programs and projects with the United Nations SDGs, in 2019 Globcal commissioned and designated two Piaroa ambassadors to work as representatives to provide educational workshops and programs in communities that depend on agricultural sustenance and production to promote the ideals of sustainability to better understand the provisioning of ecosystem services and agroforestry development.
“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.”
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs
Through Globcal International, Piaroa societies are trying to preserve their culture, language, customs and traditional ways of life. Globcal has been looking for the right circumstances under which it can implement natural area preservation, ecosystem services, agroforestry and forest management programs that can be integrated neutrally providing mutual benefit for the society. To accomplish their goals together the Piaroa Protectorate Partnership (PPP) also called the Piaroa Partnership Platform is being developed.
Read more about our project online at the United Nations SDGs Partnership website. It is currently listed with a 5 year deadline and will be updated annually.
Agroforestry in 2012
In 2012 the Piaroa began learning about agroforestry in the community of Gavilan, Venezuela under a GEF Small Grant provided through Probiodiversa.
Ecosystem Services 2020
Today since the political corruption and abandonment for the region the Piaroa inhabit, most Piaroa live in what most people would refer to as abject poverty, living on subsistence agriculture. To see lasting results from NGO or international cooperation programs the Piaroa need sustainable development programs that have long-term implications with durable results and are proven sustainable over a period of at least 5-7 years to become embedded in the society, to achieve this it takes good programs with commitment, staff and budgeted funding.
Currently through Globcal International and Ecology Crossroads we are seeking $450,000 in donations and grants through developing partnerships involving international cooperation with embassies, universities, and other organizations to successfully implement provisioning ecosystem services and protect an area of 5,000 square kilometers through a number of small programs being developed for the Piaroa Partnership Platform.
The funds will be used for equipment, agricultural tools, building community centers, installing bath houses and solar powered wells with water towers in 13 villages.
In September of 2019 the Piaroa of Catañiapo and the Upper Paraguaza officially appointed two of their most educated young leaders to make them talismen to represent our common interests through Globcal International as official ambassadors and project commissioners, the organization is connecting them through public diplomacy training and the ability to implement programs through the United Nations and the SDGs.