Guiana Shield Initiative - Creative Commons
Guiana Shield Initiative - Creative Commons
COBRA Brochure
COBRA Brochure


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The Project

Behind Project COBRA lies a very simple idea. This idea suggests that human development policies and projects need to serve primarily the people they intend to strengthen.

Ethically, it is based on the prescriptions of International Human Rights texts and provisions. The Charter of the United Nations affirms the fundamental importance of the right to self-determination of all peoples. In particular, for indigenous peoples, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

(…) by virtue of that rights they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development” – Art. 3

Recently, in the wake of the international negotiations on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, ecosystem services have emerged as a new form of economic value, which is being integrated into international development funding schemes such as REDD+. In the Guiana Shield, a large part of these territories have been historically occupied and sustainably managed by indigenous communities. Over time, they have developed a deep understanding of their environment and the ecosystems they inhabit. Unfortunately, their knowledge and needs rarely dictate development priorities.

Project COBRA aims to showcase indigenous solutions for the management of natural resources that could in turn inspire development policies and projects. To do this, it works towards increasing confidence across indigenous communities and strenghthening their position as stakeholders by:

  • Discussing the challenges facing their community;
  • Identifying their own solutions to these challenges;
  • Recording these solutions using visual technologies;
  • Sharing their results with other communities;
  • Implementing best practices from other communities.

For an overview of our vision, mission and goals, download our COBRA Brochure (pdf file – 1,2 Mo)

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QUICK DOWNLOAD: Check out the English version of the COBRA Handbook for Practitioners.