Amazon Indigenous Fund Holistic Management of Indigenous Lands
*Event in the Peru Pavilion – Lima to Paris and Beyond - UNFCCC COP 21, December 1st, 2015, 12:00 – 13:30pm - Declarations from keynote speakers.
Adolfo Chávez, President of the CIDOB: The Mankind-Nature-Mankind relationship is a summit level effort to value the consolidation of territories, and is also an investment in the heart of humanity; in that which we are experiencing, and in the investment that is being made in indigenous lands.
Jorge Furagaro, Coordinator
It is essential to analyze what is going on inside the indigenous communities and organizations. Many of the climate-associated funds that are created have enabled us to achieve progress in the consolidation of one of the main principals demanded at the heart of our communities. Peru, Ecuador and Colombia have already acquired experience with the Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA in its Spanish acronym for REDD+ Indígena Amazónico) involving approximately 5 million hectares. What is being sought now, is to create a transparent fund destined for indigenous peoples, that is, accompanied and inspected by civil society at large, administered by the Amazonian peoples themselves and based on principles of efficacy and autonomy. Such a fund would benefit 5,000 communities, 400 indigenous peoples, and 9 confederations, generating a positive impact and guaranteeing the conservation of 240 million hectares as well as boosting aspects of living, land titling and sanitation, by consolidating the territories supporting the indigenous economies.
Peter Schemmel, Director of the workshop on the IKL (International Climate Initiative) run by the German Ministry of the Environment BMUB:
It has proved to be perfectly feasible to work with 50 million Euros with indigenous and other communities in the Amazon region. There we work alongside COICA and WWF adopting an approach that seeks to ensure that the key elements of RIA (REDD+ Indígena Amazónico) are included in the national climate change and REDD policies of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Many of the challenges are related to developing capacities and ensuring that the voices of the indigenous peoples are effectively heard in various spheres. A good example of that can be found in Peru, in the form of compensation paid to those indigenous communities that have managed to preserve 680,000 hectares of standing forest. Furthermore 4 regional governments have been persuaded to incorporate the proposals in their budget planning for 2021. This is yet another element that contributes towards the implementation of funding directed at indigenous peoples.
Fermín Chimatani, IKI Program (International Climate Initiative)) of the German MInistry of the Environment. (BMUB): President of the Executor of the Administrative Contract of the Amarakaeri Community Reserve (ECA – RCA):
Beyond its importance in valuing the significance of an integral management of the lands of indigenous peoples so that they might achieve fulfillment of their lives, that is, conceiving the indigenous lands as being integral units absolutely inseparable from nature and society and culture that transcend the question of carbon capture, but which are capable of embracing it, Amazonian Indigenous REDD in the Community Reserve of Amarakaeri has contributed towards a reduction in deforestation, a reduction in the great drivers of deforestation, and towards an adaptation to climate change based on an intercultural vision of an alliance with the indigenous communities of the Amarakaeri Community Reserve, executors of the Administrative Contract, and the State itself.