Logo de Guardians of the Forest


Just as COP23 begins in the city of Bonn, Germany, we start our tour of Europe with the purpose of meeting with decision-makers, politicians, journalists and social & civil organizations; to demonstrate that the best way to combat climate change is to support the world’s indigenous peoples in their efforts to protect forests.


We, the indigenous peoples and local communities, are the guardians of the forest and we come to COP23 to tell our stories of hope and struggle
From our territories in the Amazon, Mesoamerica, Asia and Africa we fight to protect tropical forests threatened by illegal logging and mining, oil extraction, land invasion, drug traffic, monoculture, construction of hydroelectric plants and other extractive and infrastructure mega-projects that do not respect our rights and threaten to destroy the last large forests of the planet, basic for climate balance. More than 65% of the world’s land is under community ownership, but less than 18% of community land is legally recognized by governments. Our territories shelter 24% of the world’s forest carbon and 80% of biodiversity. The protection of these elements is part of our contribution to climate change mitigation and to the achievement of the goals set in the Paris Agreement.


Cándida Derek
Cándido Mezua
Carol González
David Fernández Martim
Dinamam Tuxá
Dolfince Gaelagoe
Ginger Sánchez
Jocelyn Roger Therese
Luiz Henrique Eloy Amado 
Marli Kamis
Melianus Ulimpa
Mina Susana Setra
Nura Batara
Olo Villalaz
Patricia Machado Almeida
Rigobert Elembe Mola
Sônia Guajajara
Wilma Mendoza Miro
Woie Kriri Sobrinho Patte
Yesenia Carolina Alvarado Chavez

Cándida Derek Honduras

Cándido Mezua Panamá

Carol González Colombia

David Fernández Martim Brazil

Dinamam Tuxá Brasil

Dolfince Gaelagoe Indonesia

Ginger Sánchez Guatemala

Jocelyn Roger Therese Guyana Francesa

Luiz Henrique Eloy Amado  Brasil

Marli Kamis Indonesia

Melianus Ulimpa Indonesia

Mina Susana Setra Indonesia

Nura Batara Indonesia

Olo Villalaz Panama

Patricia Machado Almeida Brasil

Rigobert Elembe Mola Congo

Sônia Guajajara Brazil

Wilma Mendoza Miro Bolivia

Woie Kriri Sobrinho Patte Brasil

Yesenia Carolina Alvarado Chavez Guatemala

Guardianes del Bosque: Carolina Alvarado

Carolina representa a Guatemala en la campaña Guardianes del Bosque, conoce más acerca de las soluciones al cambio climático de las comunidades forestales de Petén #GuardianesDelBosque Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén Afisap Ginger Sanchez

Posted by Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques on Monday, November 6, 2017

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40% of environmental defenders murdered in 2016 were indigenous leaders.

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Stop to the violence, criminalization and murder of forest defenders


Local communities and indigenous peoples have protected forests and life since ancient times, we are the best guardians of the forest.
We have protected the forests since ancient times, and we will continue to do so at any price; however, for our contributions to be more effective we demand the following:
  • A halt to the violence, criminalization and murder of forest guardians.
  • The recognition and enforcement of the legitimate territorial rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Access to direct financing for initiatives, programs and projects related to the processes of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
  • Full respect of the right to free, prior and informed consent.
  • The evaluation and incorporation of our knowledge in the measures and strategies developed to face climate change.


We combine traditional knowledge with technological tools to ensure the wellbeing of forests and the safeguard of climate balance.
We have developed models of sustainable conservation that allow us to protect forests and generate income for the livelihood of our communities. We have developed our experience in the following:
  • The use of drones and satellite technologies for monitoring.
  • Community forestry practices based on science and ancestral knowledge.
  • Forest conservation models that generate social and economic benefits for its residents.
  • Projects for the reduction of emissions derived from deforestation, based on respect for our rights and in congruence with our worldviews.