Organisation of Kaliña and Lokono in Marowijne (KLIM)

Organisation of Kaliña and Lokono in Marowijne (KLIM)

The Organisation of Kaliña and Lokono in Marowijne (KLIM) is a regional branch of the National Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS). KLIM consists of the village councils of six Kalin’a villages (Caraibs) and two Lokono villages (Arowak). The main goal of KLIM is to achieve legal recognition of indigenous lands and resources, and to collectively manage and develop the indigenous territory in Marowijne. 

The past few years, KLIM has collected information regarding extent of Kalin'a and Lokono territory, how they use it, why it is so important for these communities, and what kind of threats and challenges the communities and resources face.

KLIM has created a territorial map and marked concessions and land titles issued to non-indigenous settlers. They have documented customary sustainable use and traditional laws and rules.

The organisation also carries out research on the state of biodiversity and the impacts of climate change. They work with local youths to actively engage them in KLIM's work and to keep the indigenous language, culture and knowledge alive.