“We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had forever, but we have not written them down until now."
Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.
The inaugural Conference of the World Indigenous Network (WIN) took place in Darwin, Australia from 26 to 31 May 2013. The WIN conference was designed to build a strong foundation for an innovative and enduring network of land and sea managers, with a programme aimed at coming together, connecting and sharing stories and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities who have an active role in managing natural environments. Read more about the WIN here: http://www.worldindigenousnetwork.net/
This participatory study on natural resources, their uses and proposals for their management, was carried out by the Indigenous Organisation of the Caura River Basin (KUYUJANI) and the National Experimental University of Central Guayana Anthropology Department, in conjunction with the Ye'kwana and Sanema communities, with support from Forest Peoples Programme.