The Parnaíba Delta region is an environmental mosaic of unique ecological value and biodiversity, comprising two Federal Conservation Units: the Delta do Parnaíba Environmental Protection Area (APA do Delta) and the Delta do Parnaíba Extractive Reserve (RESEX Delta do Parnaíba).
In the Parnaíba Delta Extractive Reserve, more than 3,000 families live sustainably on the land and sea, making their living mainly from artisanal fishing for crabs, sea bass, yellow hake, shellfish, oysters and other marine animals; collecting fruit such as cashews and pitanga murici; and artisanal extraction of carnauba and coconut oil from coconut palms. There are five traditional communities living in the communities of Canárias, Passarinho, Caiçara, Torto and Morro do Meio.
For decades, these communities have dealt with the absence of adequate public policies on health, education, waste management and sanitation, as well as external threats from third parties linked to predatory tourism and urbanization that threatens to invade their territory. Added to this are the already tangible effects of climate change, such as water salinization and loss of mangroves, including the impact on the marine life that depends on them.
In order to respond to these challenges and promote the climate resilience of these territories, the Climate and Territory program aims to support the defense of land, territory and environment by:
Key organizations identified for support in the territory include the Women’s Network of the Parnaíba Delta RESEX and the Verde Vida Mangue Project, of the NGO Comissão Ilha Ativa, in its efforts to replant and restore mangroves.
If climate impacts had a face, it would be the face of a woman of color from the Global South.
The climate crisis is not gender neutral. It disproportionately affects black and indigenous, particularly women.
At the same time, women are powerful!Data shows that by simply unlocking women’s access to the same resources as men, there is a cascading effect in solutions to climate change – at a global scale.
Resourcing frontline women is a game-changer. No one is closer to climate impacts and have more urgency towards solutions than us.
Yet, 90% of funding to tackle climate change goes to organizations led by white people, 80% goes to organizations led by men, and only 0,2% focuses explicitly on women and the environment (Women in Dev, 2021). This needs to change. Now.
That’s why we are building the world’s 1st Women’s Climate School – to nourish frontline women with the connections, funds and science they need to take their local wisdom into a global and collective climate response.
Starting with a cohort of 30 women leaders from Barra Grande and other communities of Delta do Parnaíba, we design, implement, and scale climate adaptation projects, ranging from mangroves restoration, agroforestry, water and food security and waste management.
The Climate Entrepreneurship Program is designed in partnership with Women’s Earth Alliance for women who have existing projects aligned with our Accelerator goals to protect and preserve the environment, support the broader community of Piauí, and bring economic opportunities to women and girls in the region in key themes such as waste management, biodiversity and ecosystem preservation
Key Performance indicators include:
Climate solutions adoption leads to enhanced biodiversity and protected ecosystems
● Hectares of ecosystems protected and restored
● Number of agroforestry food gardens and nurseries established
● Number of indigenous trees grown
● Tons of carbon sequestered through regenerative agriculture and reforestation
Women increase their income, stimulate the local economies, and create economic development opportunities
● Number of profitable women entrepreneurs that sustain and grow their eco-enterprises
● Number of people purchase/adopt climate solutions from women eco-entrepreneurs
● Average amount of annual household savings
Climate solutions adoption leads to improved wellbeing for women and families
● Number of women & girls experiencing improved health and safety
● Number of people with increased food resilience through adoption of indigenous, climate-resilient species (plants, seeds, shellfish, etc)
● Leadership: Increased women’s participation in political decision-making
Jéssica and Michelly are local artists who care deeply about our indigenous and black cultural heritages. They are part of the cultural group Batucada de Varanda. As part of the Climate School, they want to develop a short-documentary and a cultural event to share the stories of people in the frontlines, who experience problems like sea-level rising and water scarcity firsthand and are already coming up with solutions to it. They will advocate for climate adaptation in the Delta Region through film-making as well as our traditional music, dance and food.
Chayene and Laura are young local leaders who were directly impacted by food insecurity and pollution. As Brazil is back to the poverty map, and black women are the most impacted, they decided to take the lead on providing food for families led by women of color, providing water for communities impacted by drought and teaching people how to do the correct disposal of waste. With the support of the Climate School they will also promote a climate leadership program for the women they are serving. “Helping people, making a difference in our community, these are things I always wanted to do, but I didn’t think it was possible. Filha do Sol lets me dream big, and is giving me tools to better plan my impact”, says Chayene.
Fernanda and Mara are local entrepreneurs who have been developing important work to take care of animals in our village over almost a decade, with little resources, through their initiative Barra Pets. They learned at the Climate School that we live in an Area of Environmental Protection and we need to limit our donkeys’ population while also helping animals to heal and preserve public health. They want to boost their action on donkeys’ sterilization, and at the same time share educational material on climate impacts with locals. They believe donkeys can inspire us to increase our collective capacity to adapt to an extreme hot weather.
Rosemar and Marília are therapists, women-mobilizers and creators of the project Enacantaria. Every week they gather a circle of women on the beach to discuss spirituality, personal and community challenges. As their project evolves, they want to share the knowledge they gain at the Climate School with more women, gather wider circles in different frontlines communities to talk about ecofeminism, and to mobilize task-forces for planting trees and cleaning the coast.
Dyelles is an artisan and Ana Virginia is a therapist who share a personal experience of mental health impacts. They live in the community they serve, healing women who experience anxiety and depression. Knowing on the Climate School that climate change and eco-anxiety impacts women disproportionately, they decided to co-design a project called Earth is Medicine, that serves women from the Global North, who in turn help to fund therapies and climate education for women on the Global South. Their project harnesses the power of Nature to increase individual and community resilience.
Augusta is a local entrepreneur who owns an agroforestry and produces honey through her initiative Frutalquimia. At the Climate School she decided to expand her agroforestry area, educate and employ more women in agroforestry techniques and increase her production of honey. Vivi and Marie work at La Reserva Agroforestry are also working to expand agroforestry areas, and providing women with knowledge and resources they need to be regenerative small-scale farmers. As part of their Climate School project, they want to transform their farm into a center of regional reference on climate and agroforestry that also creates green jobs for women.
Program 3 connects the local with the global with the goal to make critical resources flow from the Global North to the Global South and foster climate justice. We co-create and share knowledge and practices on gender equity, climate justice, and climate leadership in international events and media. We influence the global conversation about solutions to climate change by amplifying women’s voices. We fundraise and advocate for women-led projects with a global impact, focusing on rural women and women of color. In this TED talk, for instance, Dr. Maia speaks about what she learned about leadership with frontline women and how this can change how the world think about our climate future.