Innovating the empowerment of forest-dependent communities to more fully contribute to and directly benefit from climate change mitigation efforts. 

GPI is working with Forest Trends and USAID to produce a short documentary film, "Stewards of the Forest", about how successful partnerships among environmental and indigenous organizations - featuring the Yawanawa people of Acre, Brazil - has led to more secure human rights, improvements in the livelihoods of indigenous and traditional communities, increased capacity of sub-national governments to develop low-emissions rural development policies and programs, and protection against risks of deforestation.

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The Yawanawa Socio-Cultural Association (ASCY) has the mission of defending the rights of the Yawanawa people and find new alternatives for their social and economic development and protection of their Gregorio River Indigenous Territory, strengthening the cultural and spiritual manifestations of the Yawanawa People.

As a component of this production, GPI’s SustainaDrone team joined DC-based nonprofit Forest Trends’ Communities Initiative for a visit to the Yawanawa people's Gregorio River Indigenous Territory in the State of Acre, where the initiative has been leading efforts through Accelerating Inclusion and Mitigating Emissions (AIME) program to build capacity of the Yawanawa people for the integrated management and conservation of their 187,000 ha forest territory.