The Cobra Collective seeks to empower marginalised communities by helping them identify, record and promote community owned solutions. These solutions are born in and carried out by the communities themselves, in ways which are environmentally sustainable and socially fair. The Collective’s role is to help you provide support in identifying successful community owned solutions and creating the conditions for these solutions to flourish.
We provide an approach that is fundamentally transdisciplinary and holistic, supporting practitioners working in the fields of development, nature conservation, health, natural resource management, social welfare and education.
We enable communities to identify their own solutions. Communities are often portrayed as lacking the appropriate knowledge for managing their own problems but we believe they have the capacity to resolve them.
We use accessible technologies such as cameras, videos and drones to record, evaluate and share best practices.
We bridge traditional understanding and environmental science by creating spaces for a respectful, two-way knowledge exchange and mutual learning.
The Cobra Collective has developed skills in training, implementation and research over many years – several of the members have been working in community development across the world for over 20 years. Most recently the team were involved in Project Cobra, an EU funded 3½ year project based in Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, and French Guiana. This project was successfully completed in February 2015.
The Collective’s working languages are English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Makushi.