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Our Land, Our Life - A Participatory Assessment of Land Tenure

In Guyana, communities are suffering because they do not have title to the full extent of their traditional lands, or have no title at all. This report seeks to present a detailed picture of the current status of land rights for communities in the Potaro-Siparuni region (Region 8) in west-central Guyana.

Protecting Forest Defenders

Around 5 per cent of the world’s population are indigenous, and every day huge numbers of indigenous people risk their life in protection of their ancestral lands.

According to Global Witness’ Defenders of the Earth 2017 report, nearly 40 per cent of the defenders who died in 2016 were indigenous.

La protección de los defensores de los bosques

Alrededor del 5 % de la población mundial está constituido por indígenas, y todos los días un ingente número de ellos pone el peligro su vida por proteger sus tierras ancestrales.

Indigenous and Afro-Descendant peoples pushing for peace in Colombia: "Between hope and despair"

Final Synthesis Report for a collaborative project financed by the Norwegian Embassy in Colombia and The Kingdom of the Netherlands (2014-2017). This report synthesizes the outcomes of a two-year, innovative, peoples-driven project that brought together Indigenous and Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia whose gold-rich ancestral lands are coveted and threatened by outside actors.

Pueblos Indígenas y Afrodescendientes encaminando la paz en Colombia: “Entre la Esperanza y la Angustia”

Documento Síntesis de un proyecto colaborativo financiado por la Embajada de Noruega en Colombia y el Reino de los Países Bajos (2014-2017). Este informe sintetiza los resultados de un proyecto innovador conducido por los pueblos, con duración de dos años, que reunió a comunidades indígenas y afrodescendientes en Colombia cuyos territorios ancestrales ricos en oro son codiciados y están amenazados por actores externos.

Groundbreaking study carried out by indigenous peoples in Guyana highlights land tenure insecurity and urgent need for reform

The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is pleased to present a new comprehensive study on the lack of tenure security faced by indigenous communities in Guyana’s Northwest District. ‘Our Land, Our Life: A participatory assessment of the land tenure situation of indigenous peoples in Guyana’ was published in collaboration with UK non-governmental organisation Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).

Local Biodiversity Outlooks

A publication bringing together the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity has been officially launched at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico.

Presentaciones durante el Grupo de Trabajo con Costa Rica ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos sobre las Medidas Cautelares (MC 321-12)

Presentaciones del Pueblo Bribri del Territorio Indígena de Salitre, Pueblo Teribe del Territorio Indígena de Térraba, y sus asesores legales durante el Grupo de Trabajo con Costa Rica ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos sobre las  Medidas Cautelares (MC 321-12).

Propuesto de los Beneficiarios Puntos de Acuerdo entre los Bribri el Estado y Teribe

Pinpointing problems – seeking solutions: A rapid assessment of the underlying causes of forest conflicts in Guyana

Based on the experiences of Amerindian communities in Guyana, this briefing presents some of the main causes of forest conflicts in the country as well as recommendations for how to address these. In particular, the document presents the following points: • Lack of full recognition of indigenous peoples’ land rights in line with international law, absence of effective FPIC procedures and limited transparency in forest governance are key underlying causes of forest-related conflicts in Guyana;