SITE PGR seminar 'Empowering indigenous communities through entrepreneurial practices? An exploration of a multi-stakeholder collaboration for rainforest preservation in Peru'

SITE (Science, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship)

Speaker:Léna Prouchet, University of Exeter
Date: Wednesday 3 March 2021
Time: 10:30
Location: Microsoft Teams link available from

Further details


The land governed and managed by indigenous communities has been demonstrated to have lower rates of deforestation compared to neighbouring territories. Since forest preservation is considered critical to mitigating climate change as well as to protecting terrestrial biodiversity, an increasing number of conservation organisations have directed their actions towards supporting forest dwellers. A wide range of programmes being developed include empowerment of local communities as their central objective. In this context, entrepreneurial projects have been put forward as fit-for-purpose approaches, especially to generate income and improve local livelihood. Nonetheless, it remains unclear how these organisations conceptualise empowerment, and if their agenda matches the expectations of the communities they are willing to assist. This is problematic since projects that are not based on a genuine process of participants’ consultation are likely to fail to achieve their expected goals or can even have detrimental consequences on people and the environment.  This research project focuses on the conceptualisation of empowerment and its implementation through entrepreneurial activities within a partnership between a UK-based international conservation charity, and indigenous forest communities in Peru. This investigation aims to advance knowledge on multi-stakeholder and cross-cultural empowerment initiatives founded on entrepreneurial practices. Additionally, it seeks to provide recommendations that can help advance the objectives and maximise the impact of such partnerships.