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.
FPP analysis of 23 GEF projects into its treatment of indigenous peoples' rights and social issues in the design of its large conservation projects - in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela
Examines how the legal and policy frameworks of four countries (India, Indonesia, Venezuela and Guyana) deal with indigenous peoples and the extent to which they offer scope for the exercise of the right to free, prior and informed consent
Article 10(c) of the CBD requires States to protect and encourage customary use of biological resources. This study of and by the indigenous Ye'kwana and Sanema peoples of the Upper Caura, Venezuela, demonstrates that their traditional practices are clearly ‘compatible with conservation and sustainable use’. Encouragingly, the legal framework for State compliance already exists and merely needs to be put into practice.