Starting with the creation of the Botanical Garden of Papatia in 2001, REDERC was created by the local village community of Papatia to address problems of natural resource exploitation, bringing together several ethnic groups. With the experience acquired since the creation of the Botanical Garden of Papatia, REDERC has shared this knowledge with other neighboring communes. Several of these approached the management committee of the Garden, hoping to create their own protected areas. Traditional healers, beekeepers, farmers, planters, women's groups, students, and others organized themselves with a common goal: to protect the regional biodiversity upon which they all depend. All these activities aim to protect or reestablish biodiversity by creating protected community areas (like the Botanical Garden), which are the center of a large variety of conservation and income-generating activities.
In 2010, REDERC won the Equator Prize which is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This video was created as part of our Biodiversity for Local Livelihoods project.
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