We are a solution to climate changeAs Indigenous Peoples and members of local communities from the Amazon, Mesoamerica, Indonesia and Brazil, we are the ancestral protectors of the largest tropical forests in the world. This September, we are joining government and civil society leaders at the Global Summit of Climate Action in San Francisco. Our goal: to call on all of us to protect our shared future by protecting indigenous and community land rights. This fight will be more effective if our rights are protected and strengthened, and if our proposals are included in the policies and projects created to protect forests and to fight against climate change.
More than 30 indigenous and local leaders of the organizations COICA, AMPB, AMAN and APIB represent our planet’s #GuardiansOfTheForest
Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forest
Biografía: Cándido is an Embera indigenous leader from Panama. He is Secretary of International Relations of the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Organización: Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples
Biografía: Dinamam Afer Jurum Tuxá is an indigenous leader of the Tuxá people of Brazil. Legal Adviser for the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (APOINME) and Executive Coordination of the Articulalçao dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (APIB)
Mina Susana Setra
Organización: Indigenous Peoples Alliance of The Archipelago
The conservation of forests in indigenous territories represents 30% of the solution to climate change.
- Guarantee the territorial rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.
- Provide access to climate funds for indigenous peoples and local communities.
- Elevate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities as critical to sustainability.
- Respect the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
- Protection, management and forest resource conservation strategies, in partnership with national and subnational governments and other institutions that protect nature, our rights, and our cultures.
- Forest fire prevention and management programs based on traditional knowledge and community practices.
- Use of drones and satellite technologies for mapping deforestation, monitoring of forest territories, and early warning efforts.
- Community forestry practices based on science and ancestral knowledge.
- Models of forest conservation that generate social and economic benefits for our communities.
- Projects for the reduction of emissions derived from deforestation, based on respect for our rights and in congruence with our worldviews.
- Management and conservation of water resources programs, vital for our subsistence and that of the rest of humanity.