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Maturuca

Maturuca is a Makushi village situated in the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Territory, Roraima, Brazil. It holds a highly significant symbolic importance as it was the centre of indigenous resistance for the 34 years in which it took the 190 Makushi, Wapishana, Taurepang, Ingarico and Patamona indigenous communities to gain their land title. On the 19th of April, 2009, the then Brazillian President, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva,  officially inaugurated the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Territoty in Maturuca – over 1.7 million hectares of land containing a growing population of 20,000 indigenous peoples.

It is therefore highly appropriate for Project COBRA to collaborate with the indigenous community of Maturuca in identifying and sharing community-owned solutions. In January 2014, the North Rupununi District Development Board, representing the 16 indigenous communities of the North Rupununi, hosted the first training event of participants from Maturuca, which was then followed up with another visit in March 2014. The North Rupununi ‘best practice’ chosen for implementation in Maturuca is ‘Community Radio’, while the Maturuca best practice for sharing with other communities is the ‘cattle ranching” where cattle are raised on native pasture, thus preserving the biodiverse rich savanna landscape. Whith a rapidly growing population, Maturuca has developed an organic ranching technique which reduces pressure on hunting for wild meat and fishing.

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