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Meet Guardians of the forest

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Trefft die Guardians of the Forest

Event Beschreibung: Eine Delegation von 20 Indigenen und Stammesführern aus Französisch Guayana, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazilien, Kolombien, Ecuador, Bolivien, Indonesien und dem Kongo wird auf ihrem Weg zur COP 23 hier in Berlin halt machen, um mit uns ihre Geschichten der Hoffnung und des Kampfes um die letzten tropischen Wälder unserer Erde zu teilen. Diese sind entscheidend, um die Balance unseres Klimas aufrechtzuerhalten!


Meet with the “Guardians of the Forest”: a delegation of 20 Indigenous People and Local Communities from French Guyana, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Indonesia, and Congo are coming through Berlin on their way to COP 23 to tell their stories of hope and struggle.

“From our territories in the Amazon, Mesoamerica, Asia and Africa we fight to protect tropical forests threatened by illegal logging and mining, oil extraction, land invasion, drug traffic, monoculture, construction of hydroelectric plants and other extractive and infrastructure mega-projects that do not respect our rights and threaten to destroy the last large forests of the planet, basic for climate balance. More than 65% of the world’s land is under community ownership, but less than 18% of community land is legally recognized by governments. Our territories shelter 24% of the world’s forest carbon and 80% of biodiversity. The protection of these elements is part of our contribution to climate change mitigation and to the achievement of the goals set in the Paris Agreement.”

On the way to the climate conference COP 23 in Bonn, they have set out on a tour to the capital cities of Europe in order to lend their message. Cooperation with indigenous people and the protection of their rights and territories is an effective contribution to the protection of forests. Without them, no climate change can be achieved. Germany has played a key role in preserving the indigenous territories and thus to protect 22.4% of the rainforest in the Amazon.


Main Speakers:

Sônia Guajajara (Brazil): Coordinator and spokesperson of the Brazil’s Association of Indigenous People-AMPB. She hails from a Guajajara village in the state of Maranhão and was vice-coordinator of the Brazilian Amazon's indigenous network COIAB for four years prior to assuming her national leadership position in Brasilia. Being one of Brazil's most dynamic advocates for human rights,Sônia regularly confronts her adversaries from Brazil's ruralista agribusiness bloc face-to-face, steadfastly pushing back against their manifold attacks on indigenous rights.

Mina Sutra (Indonesia): General Deputy Secretary of The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago-AMAN. She has worked on indigenous, environment, and climate policy at AMAN since its beginning in 1999. Mina is an lndigenous Dayak Pompakng from West Kalimantan, Indonesia. In collaboration with other Indonesian leaders, Mina won a big court case that recognised indigenous rights in Indonesia.

Candido Mesua (Mesoamerica): Secretary of International Affairs of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests- AMPB and President of the Emberá Foundation for Development and Cultural Liaison of the Emberá-Wounaan people. He has participated on multiple international negotiations such as the COP 13 (Cancún), the COP 20 (Lima) and the COP 21 (Paris), as well as international organisations and programs, including the United Nations REDD+ Program. Cándido belongs to the Emberá people.


 Joseph Intagua (Congo Basin)


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