Visit of indigenous leaders from Mesoamerica, the Amazon and Indonesia to the Yurok Tribal Council in Klamath, California

 

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Representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities from Mesoamerica, the Amazon and Indonesia are currently visiting California, at the invitation of the Earth Innovation Institute and the Governors Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), to create and strengthen alliances for equitable and sustainable development among organizations that work to protect forests and for the benefit of communities that care for them.

Diverse indigenous groups shared experiences with the Yoruk Tribal Council, whose mission is to exercise the sovereign rights of the Yurok People to continue their traditions of self-government, cultural and spiritual preservation, land and water management, as well as balanced social and economic development.

The Governors Climate and Forests Task Force works to protect tropical forests, reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and to promote realistic pathways to forest-maintaining rural development.

Indigenous organizations and local communities participating in the event include the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), the Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), the Mexican Network of Peasant Forestry Organizations (Red MOCAF), the National Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC) and the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).