AMPB, AIDESEP, COICA, REPALEF and AMAN participate in COP21 in order to present their joint agenda based on Territories Titling, Territorial Financing, Prior, Free and Informed Consent and Non-criminalization of indigenous leaders.
November 27th, 2015.
Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities recently arrived to Paris to participate in The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change XXI Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC-COP21), from in November 30th to December 11th. The goal of this summit is to achieve a legal binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests in a joint action with the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA), the Réseau des Peuples Autochtones et Locales Pour la Gestión des Écosystèmes Forestiers (REPALEF), the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) of the Pacific and Southeast Asia will present in COP21 their joint agenda based on Territories Titling, Territorial Financing, Prior, Free and Informed Consent and Non-criminalization of the communities on defense of their territories.
These indigenous representatives of global tropical forests will be participating in several public, high level activities to communicate their joint agenda. With The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the representatives participated in Indigenous Peoples dialogs aimed to put the indigenous expertise at the service of Member States, to help them to identify promising recommendations and make informed decisions during COP21 climate negotiations.
AMPB representative Candido Mezua was the moderator at the Ontology and Knowledge Systems panel during the international conference “Resilience in Uncertainty Times”. It was an insight sharing on relevant indigenous issues such as Mother Nature and Water Spirituality, legitimacy of traditional knowledge versus scientific knowledge, climate change, and development, among others. The main message of this panel was the necessity to defend ancient cultural systems as a forest protection mechanism for the global climate stability.
Likewise, indigenous organization Miskitu Asla Takanka (MASTA) from Honduras are participating in a series of community dialogues in order to exchange experiences among the winners of the Equator Prize given by United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The prize highlights the efforts of grass roots organizations fighting against forest and cultural threats.
“We have received the prize for being the first indigenous organization of Mesoamerica to develop our own” Bio-Cultural Protocol ” a mechanism for the defense of our right to prior, free and informed about development projects in our territories,” said leader of MASTA Norvin Goff, an organization that will received the award.
In order to spread their messages AMPP, COICA, REPALEF and AMAN are promoting the social network campaign #PaddleToParis which look to hightlight the role of the Indigenous Peoples facing climate change. As part of this AMPB is promoting a Photo contest, people for around the world is welcome to participate, just uploading their pictures to their facebook profiles, using the hashtag #PaddleToParis. MORE INFO about the contest here.