Leaders of indigenous people and local communities who live in tropical forests from global equatorial region will introduce their approach on forests and communities situation in terms of territorial and indigenous rights and a number of proposals aimed to scaling-up their recognition.
Members of Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB for its acronym in Spanish) will attend a high-level meeting with Representatives of Governments, Cooperation Agencies and Multilaterals Institutions to propose a vision about priorities for International Cooperation and Governments on territorial and indigenous rights reinforcement issues.
The AMPB delegation is made up of Gustavo Sanchez from Mexican Network of Peasant Forestry Organizations (Red MOCAF in Spanish), Victor Lopez Illescas from Utz Che’ Association in Guatemala and Candido Mezua from National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP in Spanish), who is recognized for fighting for the respect of the collective rights of indigenous peoples This delegation will address how community forest management experiences face Climate Change in Mesoamerica.
In the same way, leaders of indigenous people and local communities who live in tropical forests from global equatorial region such as Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP for its acronym in Spanish) in the Amazon basin, Network of Indigenous People and Local Communities for Forest Ecosystems Management (REPALEF for its acronym in French) in Congo Basin, Alliance of Indigenous People from the Archipelago (AMAN for its acronym in Bahasa) in Indonesia and AMPB will introduce their approach on forests and communities situation in terms of territorial and indigenous rights and a number of proposals aimed to scaling-up their recognition.
These issues are part of a joint agenda on Territories recognition and titling, Climate territorial investments, Free prior and informed consent for territorial investment and Non-criminalization of indigenous and community leaders in the defense of climate and forests presented last year in United Nations Climate Change Summit (September, New York) and Climate Change Conference – COP20 (December, Lima). This agenda will be summited in Paris COP 21 on December.
During this visit to Norway AMPB delegation will attend other meetings with representatives of Norwegian Government, Indigenous organizations and strategic partners from Nordic countries.
This high-level meeting is organized and convened by Rights and Resources Initiative and Rainforest Foundation Norway.