Project COBRA

What is COBRA?

COBRA does not refer to the snake, instead it is an acronym, a shortened name of the project, made by using key letters from the project title . These letters are:

C — community

O — owned

B — best

R — resource

A — adaptive

The full title of the project is:

Local Solutions for Future Challenges: Community Owned Best Practice for Sustainable Resource Adaptive Management in the Guiana Shield.

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What is the Purpose of the Project?

The project aims to study how funds being provided to deal with challenges like climate change and sustainable development are impacting indigenous communities. It will also look at the role civil society organizations like NRDDB play in assisting communities respond more effectively to the in flow of these funds.


Who is funding COBRA?

COBRA is being funded by the European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme


How long is the project and when did it start?

The project started on 1st September 2011, and will last for three years.


Who are the partners on the project?

The main partners of the project are:

  1. Royal Holloway University , UK

  2. Open University, UK

  3. Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, UK

  4. Iwokrama International Centre and local counterpart NRDDB, Guyana

  5. Institute for Environmental Security, NL

  6. IUCN, Netherlands Committee, NL

  7. Politencio di Torino, Italy

  8. Equipe de Conservacao de Amazonia and local counterpart Apitikatxi , Brazil.

NRDDB is not a direct partner but benefits from the project through its partnership with Iwokrama.


What method will be used to carry out the research work of the project?

The project will use participatory action research (PAR) to explore, develop and share scientific, traditional and community-based experiences and knowledge. PAR is a way of bringing to the front the experiences of the people most affected by the issues being discussed and helps to improve community understanding of these issues. The main tools for sharing information will be participatory videos and participatory photostories. These tools are engaging, community friendly way of sharing information. They also allow everyone a chance of lending their voice to raising issues and awareness and finding solutions.