Matt

Matt Simpson

Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (Consulting) LTD
Slimbridge, United Kingdom

Best practice sharing in Kavanayén, Venezuela

A report of the recent COBRA trip to Venezuela

December 20, 2013

The COBRA team have recently returned from a fantastic trip to the stunning landscape of the Venezuelan Gran Sabana where we were warmly welcomed by the community of Kavanayén. The village is located within Cainama National Park and a World Heritage Site and is surrounded by tepuis, table-top mountains.

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We were joined by Bibiana Bilbao and Adriana Millan from the Universidad Simón Bolívar who have worked within the community for many years and helped the team in facilitating the training and workshops.

The community were very excited to learn about the community owned solutions identified in the North Rupununi from Lakeram and Grace and take these ideas to implement within their community. From the nine days of training and three community workshops it was identified that the best practice solution they would like to implement, from the North Rupununi, was Cultural Transmission. Ideas, working groups and a plan were quickly developed as the community has a number of members that are passionate about saving the Pemón Arekuna culture within Kavanayén. They also identified that their own best practice was the formation and operation of their Tourism Cooperative. It is an exciting example which can be shared with other communities as the team from Kavanayén will make their own participatory video of the activities involved.

It will be great to go back in a couple of months to see how the cultural transmission activities, such as campfire nights and culture groups, are getting on and how their own videos and photostories are coming together.

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