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The Centro Yorenka Ãtame (Forest Knowledge Centre), founded by our community on 7 July 2007 in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo, Acre, is a space for dialogue, exchange and dissemination of forest knowledge that respects and values the richness of our cultural diversity. The Centre encourages the exchange of experience and learning, promotes intercultural dialogue and supports the production and dissemination of practices for the sustainable management of natural resources.
It is through the Centro Yorenka Ãtame that we Ashaninka of the Rio Amônia also aim to address the demands arising from the experiences of union and dialogue between peoples. The meetings that take place at the Centro Yorenka Ãtame are the setting for exchanging knowledge. An important aspect of our work is respect for the traditional knowledge and local experience of different communities.
Following the development and implementation of the management plan for our lands, we recognised the need to broaden our focus to also include the surrounding area, so that we will be able to ensure the protection of the resources of the whole region. The Centro Yorenka Ãtame was established to stimulate debate and action in favour of protection of the environment.
Since its creation, the Centre has continuously contributed to the exchange of experiences among groups interested in the region, nationally and internationally. We have developed partnerships with local public schools in Marechal Thaumaturgo to offer students notions of the importance of environmental protection, which is directly linked to the protection of our own lives, of our future and of the future of our children.
Finally, the Centre brings indigenous and non-indigenous participants together, encouraging the renewal of the Aliança dos Povos da Floresta (Alliance of Forest Peoples) and encouraging the coming together and unity among different sectors of society, for the protection and valuing of biodiversity.
The Centro Yorenka Ãtame
has an auditorium, two multipurpose rooms, kitchen, office, computer room and pousada.
Together with students and partners, we discuss issues such as the relationship between culture and the environment, sustainable management practices and the use of natural resources and quality of life.
A space for dialogue, exchange and diffusion of forest knowledge.