APA completes first livelihoods training workshop

The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) recently completed its first ever Sustainable Livelihoods Workshops which involved training of 18 persons from indigenous communities from Region 1 – Santa Rosa and Warapoka, Region 2 – Akawini and Capoey, Region 7 – Kako and Phillipai, Region 8 – Kato and Monkey Mountain and Region 9 – Tiger Pond. This workshop which falls under the larger Norad –funded project, Protecting Forests through Protecting Rights covered topics including:
• Project Feasibility and Business Planning
• Project Management
• Budgeting
• Book Keeping and Accounting
• Market Research and Value Chain Assessment
The workshop was done over an extensive 10 days period in Capoey Village, Region 2 and was facilitated by consultant Ronald Harsawack.

Participants of the Sustainable Livelihoods Workshop

The Association’s livelihoods activity focuses on how Amerindian communities can best take advantage of both funding and technical support available (including investments in low carbon development and climate mitigation and adaptation finance) to build their infrastructure for sustainable development. This component also aims to meet strategic and priority needs to influence regional landscape planning for conservation and sustainable development objectives. Under this component, several studies have been commissioned, including a scoping study on low carbon and climate resilient investment opportunities for indigenous communities. The specific objective of the training is to equip trainees to act as support resource persons in their respective communities towards the development, implementation and management of community projects.
During their training they examined reasons why some project have been successful and why some have failed; they also looked at novel ways of utilising community resources including enduring community practices and resources that can be obtained locally. A further upgrade training workshop will be held later in the year with the same group of persons during which time they will seek to meet with potential funders to support their community projects, including those already in the pipeline. In the meantime, the trainees have returned to their communities where they will update their leaders on their training and examine opportunities for project development. In the meantime, they will have access to mentoring while they operate within their villages.