September 16, 2021 – We are at a turning point. As everybody knows the Amazon is threatened by deforestation, climate change and constant violations of human and territorial rights. But we need new strategies to counter these threats. That is why scientists, policymakers, activists, youth, investors, ecological restorers, Indigenous peoples, private and public organizations, the media, and other global and local actors, will meet at the Global Landscapes Forum Amazonia, the world’s largest conference about the Amazon on September 21 to 23.
The event plans to gather over 5000 participants, and involve tens of thousands more through the internet, in plenary sessions, interactive sessions, launch pads, networking opportunities, and learning experiences. Together, we will explore solutions to preserve and restore the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon.
We at Hivos know that for these new strategies to work, we must place Indigenous and grassroots agendas and voices at the forefront of the global climate change struggle to safeguard the Amazon biome. This is what we have learned since 2017 from our All eyes in the Amazon program. And we plan to lay it out in a special session at the Global Landscapes Forum: All Eyes on the Amazon: linking strategies, territories, and organizations on Wednesday, September 22, at 12:30-14:00 UTC-4.
For our session, we have brought together partners of the All Eyes on the Amazon program to exchange experiences and knowledge and discuss these topics:
- the use of technology to collect evidence of human rights violations and environmental for campaigns, legal strategies and advocacy to protect the Amazon
- access to justice and the full exercise of the rights of Indigenous peoples and environmental defenders
- collective learning for the protection of the Amazon and the rights of its peoples
- Alfonso López, President of the Cocama Association for the Development and Conservation of San Pablo de Tipishca (Acodecospat), a federation that is part of the United Amazonian Indigenous Peoples Organization in Defense of their Territories (PUINAMUDT)
- Lorenzo Pellegrin, Associate Professor of Environmental and Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam
- Oswando Nenquimo, Co-founder of Alianza Ceibo
- Oliver Salge, Coordinator of the All Eyes on the Amazon Program, Greenpeace Brazil
- Carolina Zambrano – Barragán, Climate Justice Lead at Hivos
- Tabea Casique, Director of Education, Science, and Technology in the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
- Eliana Rojas Torres, Coordinator of Articulation and Learning of All Eyes on the Amazon at Hivos
- María Moreno de los Ríos, Director of All Eyes on the Amazon at Hivos
So please join us and our All Eyes on the Amazon partners in a session that will shed light on the importance of collective learning and develop a common vision for the conservation and protection of the Amazon biome. We will also show the effectiveness of offering platforms to amplify the knowledge, strategies, and visions of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to guarantee the sustainability of the Amazon and its inhabitants. Hope to see you there!