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«Hemos luchado en contra de muchas autoridades para defender el parque Kaa-Iya»: Jorge Banegas, guardaparque en Bolivia

Jorge Banegas Franco, del Parque Nacional del Gran Chaco Kaa-Iya de Bolivia recibió el Premio Internacional de Guardaparques otorgado por la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza y la Comisión Mundial de Áreas Protegidas. El guardaparque boliviano es miembro del pueblo indígena chiquitano y lleva 22 años trabajando en el área protegida más grande de Bolivia. En esta entrevista habla de la importancia del parque, de sus experiencias y las presiones que enfrenta la gran biodiversidad de la zona.

More… Aug 11, 2022

The Indigenous Guard of the Shipibo people confront exclusionary conservation in Peru and propose an Indigenous Ecological Area

FPP - Press Release - In Spanish

La Guardia indígena del pueblo shipibo en Perú a través de un reciente pronunciamiento interpela al paradigma de la conservación excluyente en la región de Ucayali, donde el Área de Conservación Regional (ACR) Lago Imiria ha recortado el acceso a diversas estrategias de medios de vida de las comunidades locales y tampoco ha sido gestionada debidamente por las autoridades ambientales que la crearon. La Guardia exige un modelo alternativo como área de conservación indígena.

More… Jul 29, 2022

A look at violence and conflict over Indigenous lands in nine Latin American countries

Indigenous people make up a third of the total number of environmental defenders killed across the globe. The most critical situation is in Colombia, where 117 Indigenous people have been murdered between 2012 and 2020.

Indigenous people make up a third of the total number of environmental defenders killed across the globe, despite being a total of 4% of the world’s population, according to a report by Global Witness. The most critical situation is in Colombia, where 117 Indigenous people have been murdered between 2012 and 2020. Conflicts over extractive industries and territorial invasions are a major cause of violence against Indigenous communities. Between 2017 and 2021, there were 2,109 cases of communities affected by extractive industries and their associated activities in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Mongabay Latam interviewed 12 Indigenous leaders from nine countries across Latin America and spoke to them about the threats they face and the murders occurring in the region.

More… Jun 06, 2022

La Fabriquita: lecciones de una comunidad en Guerrero para proteger el agua y salvar el bosque en México

Hace casi 15 años, los habitantes de una comunidad en el sur de México decidieron conservar el lugar que les proporciona agua: poco más de 500 hectáreas de su territorio las destinaron a la creación de una reserva ecológica. El bosque que conserva la comunidad, sin contar con apoyo gubernamental, se conoce como La Fabriquita; ahí se encuentra el manantial que beneficia a ocho pueblos de la Costa Chica de Guerrero.

More… Apr 07, 2022

Protecting water by conserving forests puts communities in Mexico to the test

Almost 15 years ago, the inhabitants of eight towns in southern Mexico’s Costa Chica decided to conserve an area that provides them with water by setting aside five square kilometers of their land to create an ecological reserve. Previously, sewage from the largest municipality in the area was discharged into the rivers that communities used for washing, bathing and drinking. Conflicts initially broke out between communities over sharing water and contributions to the protection of the reserve, though the project has sensitized people to conservation and increased the amount of water in the spring. However, according to forestry experts, Mexico’s protected natural areas have exceeded the institution’s capacity and available resources, meaning the communities that manage the conservation of the reserve receive little institutional support.

More… Apr 07, 2022

Letter from FPP and IDL to the Peruvian President to guarantee Indigenous rights

The letter is written in solidarity with the Federation of Native Communities of Ucayali and Tributaries (FECONAU), the Regional Organisation of Aidesep in Ucayali (ORAU) and the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP). Although the Flor de Ucayali community's land has been titled, they still suffer threats to their lands, lives and livelihoods on a regular basis. This letter asks Pedro Castillo Terrones, the President of Peru, to take immediate action to guarantee indigenous rights, protect human rights defenders in Flor de Ucayali, as well as creating and implementing across-sectional protection plan for the community in the face of continuing threats to their land and fundamental rights. Letter and annexes available in Spanish only.

More… Jan 29, 2022

Kichwa Community in Puerto Franco demand rights-based conservation from PNCAZ

Spanish only article

La comunidad indígena Kichwa de Puerto Franco se reunió con representantes del Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul (PNCAZ) reclamando el respeto de sus derechos y una conservación más inclusiva con los pueblos indígenas, que incluya la titulación de sus territorios ancestrales con efectivo acceso al mismo, la participación plena y efectiva en la gestión del área natural protegida y en la distribución de los beneficios producidos por las acciones de conservación de sus propios bosques.

More… Nov 23, 2021

This is my message to the western world - Your civilisation is killing life on Earth.

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it.

More… Oct 12, 2020