Press Release: Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes

As government representatives start formal negotiations in Brazil to seek agreements on so-called ‘green economy’ policies and to assess progress in fulfilling commitments on environment and development made at the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago, indigenous peoples from all over the world have come together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals.

AIPP PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous Peoples Face Further Marginalization at ASEAN Civil Society Conference

Indigenous Peoples representing 15 organizations from six ASEAN countries and other support organizations under the banner of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force on ASEAN (IPTF-ASEAN) have expressed their disappointment and condemnation for not allowing them to hold a workshop to discuss Indigenous Peoples rights to land, territories and resources and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People at the venue of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Press Release: Wapichan people in Guyana showcase community proposal to save tropical forests on their traditional lands


Georgetown, 7 February: The indigenous Wapichan people of Guyana, South America, will make public today a locally-made digital map of their traditional territory alongside a ground-breaking community proposal to care for 1.4 million ha of pristine rainforest for the benefit of their communities and the world. The territory’s rich variety of rainforests, mountains, wetlands, savannah grasslands and tropical woodlands are the homeland of 20 communities, who make a living from small-scale farming, hunting, fishing and gathering, which they have practised over the whole area for generations. The same area, located in the South Rupununi District, south-west Guyana, has an outstanding abundance of wildlife, including endangered species such as giant river otters, jaguars, and rare bush dogs as well as endemic species of fish and birds, like the Rio Branco Antbird.

The grassroots proposal comes at a crucial time because the entire Wapichan territory in Guyana, like many other parts of the Amazon basin and Guiana Shield, is threatened by mega road and dam projects as well as external plans for logging, mining and agribusiness development. In common with many indigenous peoples across Guyana and South America, the communities are vulnerable to land grabs and marginalisation because they lack secure legal title over much of their traditional lands.

Comunicado de prensa : El pueblo Wapichan en Guyana comparte su propuesta comunitaria para salvar los bosques tropicales en sus tierras tradicionales


Georgetown, 7 de Febrero: en el día de hoy, el pueblo indígena Wapichan de Guyana, Suramérica, hará público un mapa digital de su territorio tradicional que ha sido recopilado por sus comunidades, junto con una innovadora propuesta para cuidar 1.4 millones de Ha de bosque tropical para el beneficio de sus comunidades y del mundo. La rica variedad de selvas pluviales, montañas, humedales, y pastizales de sabana mezclado con bosque seco que se encuentran en este territorio, son las tierras ancestrales de 20 comunidades que viven de la agricultura de pequeña escala, la caza, la pesca y la recolección, actividades que han realizado en toda la zona por generaciones. El mismo territorio, localizado en el Distrito Sur del Rupununi al suroeste de Guyana, tiene una abundancia excepcional de vida silvestre, incluyendo especies en peligro de extinción como las nutrias gigantes de río, los jaguares, y los perros de monte, así como especies endémicas de peces y aves, como por ejemplo el pájaro hormiguero del río Branco.