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!

THE PARTICIPANTS

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

Andrés Tapia
Cándido Mezúa
Claudette Labonte
Diana Nascimiento
Dinaman Tuxá
Elcio Machinieri
Florita Martínez
Giuseppe Villaláz
Gregorio Mirabal
Gustavo Sánchez
Juan Carlos Jintiach
Levi Sucre
Luiz Terena
Macedonio Cortave
Mario Eduardo Rivas
Mina Setra
Robinson López Descanse
Rukka Somboling
Sergio Alejandro Guzmán
Tabea Casique
Timoteo da Silva Vera Potigua
Tuntiak Katan
Valeria Paye Pereira
Yuam Pravia

Andrés Tapia

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Kichwa
Biografía: Andrés is a communication and organizational strengthening leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE). He has led several campaigns in defense of the rights of indigenous peoples and is a founder and leader of the network of community communicators "Digital Spearmen"

Cándido Mezúa

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
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)

Claudette Labonte

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Palikut
Biografía: Claudette is a leader belonging to the Palikut people of French Guiana. She is President of the Parikwenah Federation and has oriented her work to the defense of the rights of the indigenous peoples, with special emphasis on the rights of women. Claudette is the Coordinator of the Women and Family area of COICA

Diana Nascimiento

Organización: Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Pueblo: Kaingang
Biografía: Diana Nascimento is an indigenous leader of the Kaingang people of the Nonoai Indigenous Land. Currently, she works locally in the "Instituto Eco Sustentable", an institution created by professionals and indigenous students from various areas of knowledge to implement projects and actions in favor of indigenous peoples.

Dinaman Tuxá

Organización: Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
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)

Elcio Machinieri

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Machineri
Biografía: Elcio is a leader of the Machineri people of Brazil, he has dedicated his work to defend the rights of indigenous peoples as Coordinator of Territory and Natural Resources for COICA

Florita Martínez

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Pueblo: Cabecar
Biografía: Florita Martinez, is a leader of the Cabecar people of the Atlantic Region of Costa Rica. She is a member of the Bribri-Cabecar Indigenous Network (RIBCA) and has collaborated in the creation of life plans and in the preparation of cultural mediators in the REDD+ discussion. She is currently the Coordinator of the Indigenous Council of Education of her

Giuseppe Villaláz

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Pueblo: Guna
Biografía: Young Guna of the District Gunayala, member of the Board of the Youth of the Guna General Congress.

Gregorio Mirabal

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Kurripaco
Biografía: Gregorio Mirabal is a Kurripako Indigenous leader from Venezuela, linked to the Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon (ORPIA). He has dedicated his leadership trajectory to the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples and is a founding member of the PUAMA indigenous movement. Currently, he is for COICA´s General Coordinator

Gustavo Sánchez

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Biografía: Gustavo is president of the Mexican Network of Small Farmers and Forestry Organizations, one of the most influential organizations in the field of forest policy in Mexico

Juan Carlos Jintiach

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Shuar
Biografía: Juan Carlos is an indigenous leader of the Shuar Nation of Ecuador. He has collaborated in national and international initiatives to defend the rights of indigenous peoples and nature. He is part of the COICA team

Levi Sucre

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Pueblo: Bribri
Biografía: Levi Sucre Romero is an indigenous leader of the Bribri people of Costa Rica, he serves as Coordinator for the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)

Luiz Terena

Organización: Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Pueblo: Terena
Biografía: Luiz belongs to the Terena people, is a renowned human rights lawyer, candidate for a PhD in Anthropology and currently serves as legal advisor to the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). He has dedicated his entire career to the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil, particularly the Terena, Guaraní-Kaiowá, Kadiwéu and Kinikinau peoples

Macedonio Cortave

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Biografía: Macedonio is founder of the Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP) and member of the Executive Commission of the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)

Mario Eduardo Rivas

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Pueblo: Mestizo
Biografía: Mario Rivas is the Director of Productive Development of the Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP)

Mina Setra

Organización: Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago (AMAN)
Pueblo: Dayak Pompakng
Biografía: Mina is an indigenous leader of the Dayak Pompakng people of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. She has worked in the indigenous, environmental and climate policies for the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago (AMAN). Currently, she is the Deputy General Secretary of the organization.

Robinson López Descanse

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Inga
Biografía: Robinson is an indigenous Inga leader born in the Chaluayaco Reservation in the Municipality of Villagarzón, Putumayo Colombia, like many putumayenses he is a direct victim of the armed conflict. Currently, he coordinates Climate Change and Biodiversity for COICA

Rukka Somboling

Organización: Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago (AMAN)
Pueblo: Dayak Pompakng
Biografía: Rukka Sombolinggi is an indigenous leader of the Toraya people of Sulawesi. She is currently the General Secretary of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago (AMAN).

Sergio Alejandro Guzmán

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Pueblo: Mestizo
Biografía: Sergio Guzmán is Manager of the REDD+ GUATECARBON project, an initiative of the Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP) in partnership with the government of Guatemala. He has more than 10 years of experience accompanying the forest communities of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala, in sustainable forest management processes and productive projects

Tabea Casique

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Asheninka
Biografía: Tabea belongs to the Asheninka people of Peru, and is part of the board of directors of the Regional Indigenous Organization of Atalaya (OIRA) as well as their Coordinator of Women's Affairs. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Education and New Technologies Area for COICA

Timoteo da Silva Vera Potigua

Organización: Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Pueblo: Guaraní
Biografía: Timoteo da Silva Verá Potygua, 51, is a Chief in the Takuari indigenous village, Regional Coordinator of the Yvyrupa Guaraní Commission (CGY) of the Ribeira Valley. Since 2014, he is a teacher at the Taquari indigenous school.

Tuntiak Katan

Organización: Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Pueblo: Shuar
Biografía: Tuntiak Katan is an indigenous leader of the Shuar Nation of Ecuador, he is part of the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE). Currently, he serves as Vice Coordinator for COICA

Valeria Paye Pereira

Organización: Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Pueblo: Kaxuyana
Biografía: Valéria Paye Pereira is an indigenous leader of the Tiriyó and Kaxuyana people of the Terra Indígena Indigenous Park of Tumucumaque. She is one of the founders of the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and of the Tierra Libre Camp. She was the first indigenous woman to occupy high positions in the Indigenous Movement of Brazil.

Yuam Pravia

Organización: Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB)
Pueblo: Miskitu
Biografía: Yuam Pravia, is from the Miskito people in Honduras. She has been involved in the organizational processes of participation of indigenous women and leads a network of young Miskito communicators. She is currently responsible for communications of Muskitia Aslatakanka (Unity of the Mosquitia)

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

OUR MESSAGES

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.

OUR SOLUTIONS

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.