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Published: January 17, 2011

Indigenous collaborations deepen along the Ecuador-Peru border

Dawn Martin, Operations Manager, Keller Science Action Center

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ECCo has worked with the Cofan indigenous people in Ecuador for more than 10 years. Our joint efforts have included four rapid inventories that led Ecuadorean authorities to recognize and protect Cofan ancestral lands. We also are charting a Cofan ancestral territories map. Our latest collaboration focuses on the Cofan sharing lessons learned in their successful park guard program with other indigenous groups. We began this effort during our rapid inventory in the Gueppi region of Ecuador and Peru in 2007. Today, the Cofan are training Secoya, Huitoto, and Kichwa of Peru in the Cofan park guard system. Our shared vision is that strong collaborations among indigenous groups in this remote border region are fundamental to the health of these forests for the long term.


Dawn Martin
Operations Manager, Keller Science Action Center

Dawn Martin works in the Keller Science Action Center as the team's Operations Manager. She provides support to Amy Rosenthal and promotes the highest level of efficiency, communication, and coordination in the unit for dynamic collaborations with both internal and external Museum partners to increase the Field’s impact and reach. Dawn joined the Museum in 2007.