Guardianes del Bosque

We are a solution to climate change

As 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.
As the best protectors of the world’s forests, we are on the front lines facing the dangers that threaten our communities and the lungs of the world. Stand with us!
As the best protectors of the world’s forests, we are on the front lines facing the dangers that threaten our communities and the lungs of the world. We fight to protect tropical forests from fires, illegal logging, mining, oil extraction, invasion, illegal landtrade, drug trafficking, construction of hydroelectric power plants, monocultures and other infrastructure and extractive mega-projects, that do not respect our rights and threaten to destroy the last great forests of the planet needed for climatic equilibrium. Our work to protect our forests -home to around 24% of forest carbon and 80% of the planet’s biodiversity- represents 30% of the solution to climate change. Protecting our land rights is an low-cost, high-benefit investment on the future of our communities, countries, and the planet. Stand with us!


More than 30 indigenous and local leaders of the organizations COICA, AMPB, AMAN and APIB represent our planet’s #GuardiansOfTheForest

Cándido Mezua
Dinamam Tuxá
Mina Susana Setra

Cándido Mezua Panamá

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forest
Pueblo: Embera
Biografía: Cándido is an Embera indigenous leader from Panama. He is Secretary of International Relations of the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)

Dinamam Tuxá Brasil

Organización: Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples
Pueblo: Tuxá
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 Indonesia

Organización: Indigenous Peoples Alliance of The Archipelago

The conservation of forests in indigenous territories represents 30% of the solution to climate change.

Ensuring the ownership of community forests is a low-cost and high-benefit investment for communities, countries and the global society


Indigenous peoples and local communities are the best guardians of the world’s forests — and we are paying for it with our lives.
As Indigenous Peoples and members of local communities, we are the best #GuardiansofTheForest. For generations, we have protected the lungs of the world effectively, yet our territories continue to be taken away from us, our communities targeted and killed for standing up. Stand with us and help us call on governments, civil society, and the private sector to:
  • 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.


We combine our traditional knowledge with state-of-the-art technology to guarantee the well-being of forests, our communities and the planet.
We have developed sustainable conservation models that have allowed us to protect the forests and generate income for the subsistence of our communities. We have experience in:
  • 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.