FMA Grant selectees: educational, sustainable and multi-territorial projects

After several weeks of evaluation, we are happy to announce the winning projects of the first FMA Grant.

The FMA Grant was created to finance projects that propose innovative ways to conserve ecosystems and their biodiversity, link multiple disciplines to generate new dialogues, and promote concrete advances in nature conservation in their communities. The open-call launched at the beginning of January sought projects to be developed on conservation, sustainable development and/or environmental education.

148 high-quality applications were received, of which six were finally selected, each from different territories of  Chile. These projects will receive up to $ 5,000,000 pesos and will be accompanied in their development by our team.

We want to thank everyone who applied to this first version, and we hope that they will be able to participate in future versions.

Below a description of this year’s selected projects:

Lavkenmapu women’s network
(Tirúa, Bíobío Region)
The support of the foundation will strengthen the initiatives that have been promoted by members of the Lavkenmapu Women’s Network in the recovery of seeds, the care of water and the rescue of old ways of working in the garden (free of external inputs). The practices of the Lavkenmapu Network, established around local knowledge and community restoration, will drive the agroecological transition process and advance the identification and propagation of native species.

Endemic School Boat
(Juan Fernández, Valparaíso Region)
Through community work, this project will implement an environmental and navigation education school aboard a traditional double-bow boat from the Juan Fernández Archipelago. In this way, Bote Escuela Endemic will rescue the traditional art of riverbank carpentry, will offer workshops on marine biodiversity on-site, with trips around the islands of the archipelago, seeking to highlight the importance of Marine Protected Areas.

Fungi Forest: an interconnected script
(Pucón, Araucanía Region)
Environmental education in nature with a participatory and replicable nature is what “Bosque Fungi” will do. In addition, it will propose workshops as instances of ecological restoration of degraded areas, with landscapes ranging from disturbed ecosystems to a primary forest reserve, all connected through micro-stories and citizen science activities. In these workshops, the forest, the fungi and the soil will be the protagonists.

Algarium: conservation, education and awareness
(Algae communities throughout Chile)
This project will consist of creating an algarium that will promote conservation, education and awareness about endemic algae. Thus, through characterization and artistic expression, it will encourage the recognition of endemic algae in Chile and will highlight the role of this species in our natural and cultural heritage.

Building synergies through the Andean cat, the sacred feline of the Andes
(Machuca, Antofagasta Region)
In the north sector of our country this project will seek to generate synergies between ancestral knowledge and local development through research on the Andean cat, a feline in danger of extinction and a sacred species for the Andean worldview. In this way, and incorporating science, art and design, “Andean Cat” will empower women through the rescue and commercialization of ancestral artisan techniques, at the same time that it will carry out collaborative studies on the Andean cat with trap cameras as a form of community-driven monitoring.

Mapuche School of Environmental Science Itrofill Moguen Ñi Chillkatuwe Epu
(El Bosque, Metropolitan Region)
Itrofill Moguen Ñi Chillkatuwe Epu will impart environmental education at the Mahuidache Native Peoples Ceremonial Center to strengthen cultural identity and revalue indigenous knowledge and science in children and young adults of this sector of Santiago. By conducting various workshops based on Mapuche education methodology, it will prepare students for the global climate and health crisis scenario, all within the framework of the complementary dialogue between ancestral wisdom and practices and Western science.