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).

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; 

Press Release: Amerindian Peoples Association calls for Government of Guyana to secure full extent of traditional lands

GEORGETOWN, May 13, 2016: The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) held its 9th General Assembly on 10-12 May 2016 in the village of Pakuri, Region 4. The main issues discussed during the assembly included land rights, climate change, and the various social and environmental issues affecting indigenous communities throughout the country. The assembly also highlighted the proactive measures communities are engaged in to build a stronger, greener, and more just Guyana.

Climate project may end with rainforest destruction

The flagship of Norway's rainforest initiative in Guyana could be replaced by mining, logging and large-scale deforestation. The Amaila Falls hydro power plant may not be constructed due to the economic risk. However, the Guyanese government now wants to use the road leading to the site, which has already been built, to extract minerals and timber from the pristine rainforest.

Las Naciones Unidas reconocen el trabajo constante del pueblo Wapichan para defender sus tierras y bosques

Paris, 26 de noviembre de 2015 – El pueblo Wapichan de Guyana, América del Sur, ha recibido el prestigioso Premio Ecuatorial del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en reconocimiento a sus esfuerzos prolongados para asegurar legalmente sus tierras ancestrales y conservar las extensas selvas tropicales y los diversos hábitats de vida silvestre en el Sur del Rupununi.

Indigenous peoples in Guyana call for strong protections for customary land rights and application of FPIC in timber trade agreement with the EU

In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.

The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]

Where They Stand

Where They Stand details how Wapichan people in South America use modern technologies in the struggle to secure their land rights

The Wapichan people of Guyana are using modern technology and community research to seek legal recognition of their ancestral land in the face of aggressive land-grabbing, destructive logging, and poisonous mining by illegal miners and foreign companies, finds new report by internationally acclaimed science writer Fred Pearce.

Forthcoming Publication: Where They Stand

They are bound to that land, and they are its true custodians.”

Written by author and journalist Fred Pearce, Where They Stand reveals the reality of life for the Wapichan people. With detailed observations, Pearce documents their determined efforts to secure effective recognition of their customary land rights covering extensive rainforests in the Upper Essequibo basin and savannah grasslands, dry tropical forests and montane forest in the South Rupununi District of Guyana.

Próxima publicación: Where They Stand

“Están ligados a esa tierra y son sus verdaderos custodios”.

Escrita por el autor y periodista Fred Pearce, Where They Stand revela la realidad de la vida del pueblo Wapichan. A través de observaciones detalladas, Pearce documenta los esfuerzos determinados y resueltos realizados por dicho pueblo para obtener el reconocimiento efectivo de sus derechos consuetudinarios  a la tierra que cubre los bosques en las sabanas y la cuenca del Alto Esequibo, y los bosques tropicales secos y de montañas en el Distrito Sur del Rupununi al suroeste de Guyana.

Publication à paraître : Where They Stand

« Ils sont liés à cette terre, et ils en sont les véritables gardiens ».

Écrit par le journaliste et auteur de renom Fred Pearce, « Where They Stand » présente en détail les efforts résolus des peuples wapichan pour obtenir une reconnaissance effective de leurs droits fonciers coutumiers relatifs aux forêts tropicales du bassin du Haut-Essequibo et aux savanes, et aux forêts tropicales sèches et des montagnes dans le District Sud du Rupununi du Guyana.

Publikasi Mendatang: Di Mana Mereka Berdiri

“Mereka terikat dengan tanah itu, dan merupakan penjaga tanah yang sebenarnya.”

Ditulis oleh penulis dan jurnalis Fred Pearce, Di Mana Mereka Berdiri mengungkapkan realitas hidup masyarakat Wapichan. "Dengan pengamatan yang rinci, Pearce mendokumentasikan tekad mereka untuk mendapatkan jaminan pengakuan yang efektif dari hak atas tanah adat mereka yang meliputi hutan hujan yang luas di DAS Upper Essequibo serta sabana, hutan tropis kering dan hutan pegunungan di Distrik Rupununi Selatan, Guyana."