A Statement From the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
A statement from José Gregorio Díaz Mirabal, General Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) –
Indigenous peoples with their territories in the Amazon Basin interconnect spirituality, culture and with the elements (earth, fire, water and air). They also share political structures, practicing autonomy and self-government according to the worldview of each one, that are contrasted with the map of destruction on the planet. Where we Indigenous Peoples live there are forests, rivers, and abundance. Our relationship with them is not a relationship of 10 or 20 years, it is a relationship of more than 10,000 years.
Throughout these years we have been able, with our culture, with our worldview, with our way of respecting nature, to manage, preserve, and defend wild nature.Indigenous Peoples do not talk about conserving, we talk about respecting nature because we see it as a family, we see it as the mother, we see it as our home.It is time for the work that Indigenous Peoples have done to be recognized. Governments have proposed to protect only 30% of the areas that give life to this planet. Only 30% by 2030! Making our right invisible, and solutions based on our own management models, validated by science as the only way to avoid the agony of the Amazon as we know it. This agony is in every tree felled and Indigenous brother killed while defending his home.
We need to mobilize each of the wills, states, organizations, peoples, families and individuals so that like the drops of water that make up the great Amazon we can go fight strong, and in our flow of life we can dilute the petty aspirations of the extractive industries.By its own right, humanity must manage to protect at least 80% of our Amazon in a very short period such as 2025 to continue to hope for a just future for all. We began to integrate all the efforts, all the tools, all the spirits of our grandparents, and the visions of our sages, so that together with global society we can defend our Mother. States, peoples, and citizens together to protect our greater home! So that the river continues to feed us and the jungle continues to heal us, because the Amazon is life, because our watersheds are sacred!
Statement provided courtesy of Oscar Soria, Avaaz.org
Click below to read a joint declaration of the Indigenous Peoples of the World to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB)
In the northwest part of the district of Quito, in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world, lies the Mashpi Reserve. A known bird watching paradise, the Mashpi community provides a sense of symbiosis between human and nature. However, despite the promise that Mashpi brings, a glaring problem persists: the government fails to prioritize its waste recollection services. Esteban Barriga, an EXCELerator 2021 alumnus, saw this and how the waste management issue has affected the Mashpi community, and decided to do something about it.
The recently concluded COP15 is a historic event, and it has given us much to think about. The gathering of world leaders and conservation actors has resulted in the drafting of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). This is a landmark deal indeed, as it gives us a framework on how to move forward in the protection and conservation of the planet’s biodiversity. However, while we acknowledge the significance of such a feat, we are also aware of its pitfalls.
As of January 1, 2023, Vance G. Martin has stepped back from his role as the leader of WILD. Read more about what’s coming next for WILD.