Indigenous leaders from the Amazon gathering together to implement REDD+
Around 200 indigenous leaders from the Amazon region had the opportunity to exchange information and discus their realities in the light of Amazon Indigenous REDD+ proposal.
This was possible in four different workshops organized by the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon Basin (COICA), Forest Trend (AIME1 project), ICCO2 and WWF with indigenous groups from Resguardo CMARI3 (Puerto Inírida - Colombia), Reserva Comunal Amrakaeri (Puerto Maldonado - Perú), Igarapé Lourdes (Rondonia-Brasil) and CONFENIAE (Quito-Ecuador) during July and August this year.
These events are important to further discuss with the main actors and to establish a road-map and next steps for the implementation of the Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA) which aims to guarantee social and environmental safeguards, an efficient and equitable distribution of benefits and correspondent financial mechanisms for indigenous REDD+ in the Amazon.
The expansion of the work in the Colombian Amazon was approved this July. Besides the Cuenca Media y Alta del Inírida (CMARI), with 2.762.500 hectares, from now on the Project in Colombia will also cover the area called Predio Putumayo (1.271.929 ha), in partnership with the Asociación Zonal Indígena de Cabildos y Autoridades Tradicionales de la Chorrera, AZICATCH.
According to OPIAC (Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon in the acronym in Spanish), the local partner for the pilot project in Colombia, the total area in this country will reach 11 million hectares with the inclusion of Predio Putumayo, and other areas like Vaupes.
The pilot areas for the Amazon Indigenous REDD+ in Peru and Colombia were established in indigenous territories considering environment quality and potential for providing ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water regulation, biodiversity conservation; existing drivers of deforestation threatening these areas; potential for poverty reduction; viability to work and Governance of the indigenous peoples, besides possibility of local partnerships. COICA have other pilots areas with other partners in Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Perú Pilot Area “Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri”
(RIA Implementation in the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve within the framework of the co-manegement with SERNANP)
- FENAMAD and (COHARYIMA and COINBAMAD) bases with their associates (ECA, RCA and AFIMAD) have decided to promote REDD+ Amazon-RIA Indigenous initiative at its early stage in the territories of the Amarakaeri Community Reserve and other 10 indigenous communities that comprehend the executant plan contract management with the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP). In this first stage, RIA initiates with consultation and consensus in each community; designing plans of regional and local life; the development of an exploratory study of the eco systemic functions, and finally, community monitoring and reporting.
- Why RCA?
- Stores around 125 metric tons of carbon per hectare
- Forming the Vilcabamba – Amboró conservation corridor
- It is located between two natural protected areas of high biological diversity
- Source and origin of freshwater and its biodiversity
- There are co-management and administration of the RCA with the state and intercultural dialogue
- It has a relation of identity as ancestral territory
The Project “Key elements for the inclusion of the Indigenous Proposal on REDD+ in national and regional strategies and in the Amazon Climate Change policies” known as short name “Amazon Indigenous REDD+” is an initiative implemented in collaboration with the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon Basin (COICA) and is financed by the German Ministry of the Environment and Nuclear Safety and other partner organizations. The objective is that by 2017, the Amazon Indigenous Approach to REDD+ has been technically supplemented, adjusted internally and has contributed to international, national and subnational processes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and at least one of these three countries has adopted national strategy before project completion.
1 Accelerating Inclusion and Mitigating Emission
2 Interchurch Cooperative for Development Cooperation (from Netherlands)
3 Cuenca Media y Alta de Río Inírida