FMA Fund
2021 Winners

Restoration in the community: Lavkenmapu Women’s Network
(Tirúa, Bíobío Region)
The Lavkenmapu Women’s Network is a group of rural and Mapuche women in Tirúa that was born to strengthen community practices around local knowledge, promote the process of agroecological restoration and transition, and move forward with the identification and propagation of native species.
The Foundation’s support strengthened their initiatives such as the recovery of seeds, the care for water and the retrieval of ancient forms of pesticide-free gardening. Throughout the second semester of 2021, the Network conducted a workshop on irrigation and the efficient use of water, and another on forests and climate change. It also created a video-workshop on the propagation of native plants.

Fungi Forest: An interconnected script

(Pucón, Araucanía Region)
The Fungi Forest organization carries out environmental education activities in nature that are participative and replicable in different types of ecosystems, involving artists, creators and environmental educators. Fungi Forest carried out a total of six workshops; three with children and three with environmental educators, artists and mycologists. In addition to the environmental education workshops, in collaboration with the environmental consultant Symbiotica, Fungi Forest planted a forest in Carhuello, located near Pucón, using the Miyawaki technique–an ecological restoration method that speeds up the forest’s growth.
With the support of FMA, the organization created the script for the workshops; developed the project’s visual identity; built a garden center on site to support the restoration activities; conducted a chromatography workshop; planted the Miyawaki forest, and documented all the activities with photographs and video.

Algae Museum: Conservation, education and raising awareness

(Algae fishing communities throughout Chile)
Algae Museum is a project led by a transdisciplinary team made up of scientists and artists, and led by the designer Javiera Gutiérrez. It seeks to give visibility to the variety of algae species in Chile and highlights their role in our natural and cultural heritage, in order to encourage preservation, education and awareness of these important organisms.
Thanks to the FMA Fund, and based on the work carried out with algae fishing communities throughout Chile, the Algae Museum created a virtual catalog of endemic algae and their geolocation, 3D- modeled and herborized. The catalog can be found here.

Creating synergies between ancestral knowledge and local development through the Andean cat, the sacred feline of the Andes.

(Machuca, Antofagasta Region)
The Andean Cat Alliance is a multinational and interdisciplinary network of organizations from the four countries where the Andean cat is present (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru). The Andean cat is one of the world’s five most endangered felines and a sacred species in the Andean worldview.
With the support of the FMA Fund, the Andean Cat Alliance carried out the first expansion of its CATCrafts program, in the town of Machuca, with a project that included meetings with the community, three workshops on the elaboration and commercialization of ancestral artisan practices, and the training of community members on the installation and monitoring of camera traps. With a transdisciplinary focus that incorporates sciences, arts and design, this project empowered women from the community and conducted collaborative studies on the Andean cat, using the photographic trapping technique.

Mapuche environmental science school Itrofill Moguen Ñi Chillkatuwe Epu

(El Bosque, Metropolitan Region)
The Mapuche environmental science school Itrofill Moguen Ñi Chillkatuwe Epu is an educational project that seeks to strengthen the Mapuche identity culture and revalue indigenous knowledge and science. In its workshops, carried out at the Mahuidache indigenous peoples’ ceremonial center in El Bosque, boys, girls and adolescents learn about the climate crisis and how to care for nature, in a complementary dialogue between ancestral knowledge and practices, and Western science.
Thanks to the support of the FMA Fund, and with the objective of consolidating the school as a permanent educational space, Itrofill Moguen Ñi Chillkatuwe Epu was able to carry out its third edition, conduct their open call, and plan the curriculum and classes. In addition, they signed an alliance for a sponsorship with the interculturality area of the Universidad de Chile and a collaboration and support alliance with the El Bosque Municipality.

Endémica School Boat
(Juan Fernández, Valparaíso Region)
Fundación Endémica is an organization that seeks to research, conserve and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Juan Fernández Archipelago and the Desventuradas Islands. Through community work, Endémica implemented an environmental and navigation school aboard a traditional double-powered boat in the Juan Fernández Archipelago.
With the support of the FMA Fund, the Endémica School Boat was able to finance the materials and parts of the construction of the boat, a process in which the older generation of the archipelago transmitted the valuable art of riverbank carpentry to people between 16 and 40 years of age. In addition, the Fundación Endémica team created an audiovisual piece on the construction process.
In this way, the Endémica School Boat project works on rescuing the traditional art of riverbank carpentry, offers workshops on marine biodiversity in-situ and, through voyages around the archipelago’s islands, highlights the importance of Protected Marine Areas.

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