Valuing the ancestral knowledge of the Uru Chipaya people

International Cooperation Project


The municipality of Chipaya is one of 11 municipalities in Bolivia that have officially adopted a form of government based on their own customs and traditions, declaring themselves an "autonomous indigenous municipality". It is also in one of the country's most vulnerable areas: cyclical floods alternate with periods of drought, generating temporary (and even prolonged) migrations that have repercussions over time with the progressive loss of cultural identity and the need to establish correct land management practices.

The project, financed by AICS, promotes the enhancement of the ancestral knowledge of the Uru Chipaya indigenous minority (about 2,000 people) through a multi-sectoral proposal that includes not only land management, but also the protection and promotion of local knowledge. It also aims to diversify livelihoods to reduce socio-economic and climate vulnerability, ensuring local development opportunities, gender and intergenerational equality. Human development, a goal of central importance, is pursued through the education and training of young people through the use of new technologies, and the participation and empowerment of women in entrepreneurial activities.

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