21 Sep 2011

Indigenous message, 'You have failed on climate change, put us in charge'

Neo-liberal politicians use climate change as an excuse to fatten their bank balances and give more money to banks for carbon trading.

Green politicians sadly are not in the vanguard of the green politics but the indigenous have agency.

I rate Aidesep very highly, from the selva they have achieved major political change in Peru.

90 Indigenous Organizations Say YES To Action Plan For Survival And
Protection Of Life

By Ahni
In recent weeks, Indigenous representatives from 90 organizations in
the Amazon region unanimously approved a new action plan that calls
for an Amazon-wide "consolidation" for the survival of ancestral
knowledge and the protection of forests, water, biodiversity and the

Photo from the First Regional Amazonian Summit, August 15-18, 2011. Credit COICA

The action plan, titled, "The Manaus Mandate: Indigenous Action for
Life" is the end result of the First Regional Amazonian Summit, which
took place in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas,
from August 15-18, 201l.

The four-day Summit, organized by The Coordinator of Indigenous
Organizations in the Amazon Basin (COICA), brought together
representatives of Indigenous Peoples from all nine Amazonian
countries, as well as government representatives, international
organizations and members of civil society in the Amazon.

A wide range of issues were explored at the Summit including: the COP
17 meeting, to be held in December 2011 in Durban, South Africa and
the Rio Conference 20 +, to be held in June 2012; The adequacy of the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the
implementation of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Convention No. 169; and the joint prioritization of the protection of
biodiversity, genetic resources and ancestral knowledge.

Courtesy of COICA, The Manaus Mandate is now available in four
different languages:  Español -  Português -  English -  Français (LAB
also put together an unofficial English version, which you can access

1st. Amazon Regional Summit Ancestral Knowledge, Peoples and
fulfilling life in harmony with forests

(15 – 18 agosto 2011)

"We are people without Owner, Like Life"

Mandate Manaus: Indigenous Action for Life

Meeting in Manaus 15 to August 18, 2011, in 1. Regional Amazon summit,
the Amazonian indigenous peoples and national organizations from nine
countries: Bolivia (CIDOB), Brazil (COIAB), Ecuador (CONFENIAE),
Colombia (OPIAC), Guyana (APA), French Guyana (FOAG), Peru (AIDESEP ),
Venezuela (ORPIA) and Suriname (OIS) and in dialogue with various
social partners, state and environmental observe that the climatic and
environmental crisis is very serious, very soon irreversible, while
global and national powers, they can not want to stop, and worse,
trying to "seize" more "green business" but threaten all forms of

We warn the world that we have passed the limits of danger of
polluting gases in the atmosphere and global warming, but that's just
one of the most serious effects of deeper causes. We are in dark times
of profound global climate crisis and aggression that is part of the
wider crisis of a civilization and a pattern of power, based on
racism, patriarchy, individualism and unbridled consumerism,
commodification and privatization of everything, and the reckless
arrogance of "domination" of nature are forgetting that only a small
part of it.

We denounce the hypocrisy and contradiction in the global and national
policies on forests, where the side of declarations, plans, small
projects "sustainable" deepens predation, deforestation, degradation
by mining business, oil, hydroelectric mega, ranching , soy,
agribusiness, "agro-fuels" super highways of colonization, GM,
pesticides, overlay of protected areas in indigenous territories,
biopiracy and theft of traditional knowledge. Continuing need to
improve forestry practices, it covers the best of these is profoundly
change the macro policies of neoliberal globalization.

We propose the following objectives, approaches, alternatives and actions:

1. Territories whole life for planetary cooling.

There is evidence that refuges of life, are the forests and Amazonian
peoples' territories as effective barriers to predation. It is
therefore essential to change laws and public policies to ensure the
demarcation of the territories of the indigenous Amazonian people and
collective ownership as peoples, and also to support and not attack or
marginalized, our strategies of "whole life" separate from the
commodification of nature. This is an effective and efficient strategy
to reduce global warming and restore harmony with Mother Earth, we had
thousands of years. To not change the weather, change the system. It's
the system must "adapt" to the cries of Mother Nature and our children
of color of the earth. The "cost" financing to solve this historic
debt originated in ethnocide of colonization, it is far less than that
devoted to discussions and experiments ineffective.

2. Strengthen "Redd + Indian" ecological debtors and their pollution

To those who decide on the process, "Redd +": the United FCPF
(WB-IDB), FIP, UN-REDD, UNFCCC COP17-, Rio +20 and others demand
immediate assurances and conditions for the Peoples before further
progress in these REDD + processes to be properly addressed:

• Respect and strengthen the proposed REDD + Indian or adequacy of the
Redd + to the worldviews and collective rights of peoples, including
the "Guidelines COICA on climate change and Redd +" and the proposals
of the national organizations, and among other things the following:
No Territories or collective rights is unworkable Redd + * No contract
community to run international rules, or the long term, giving land
management or intellectual property, with more hardships than
benefits, or in languages and foreign laws * Respect and support
conservation holistic forest, not just where deforestation or reducing
tons of carbon * Respect our proposed national regulations for Redd +
and consultation and free, prior and binding * Respect reports COICA
on REDD + parallel to the States * Mechanisms for resolving conflicts
with guarantees of neutrality and efficiency * not support the market
for carbon credits to cover the global polluters.

• Priority policies and funds for consolidation and land titling of
indigenous peoples as a condition prior to move unimpeded on Redd +
• National legislative changes to strengthen collective rights in the
laws of environmental services, forestry, "Redd + leakage" (mining,
hydrocarbons, biofuels, etc) and consultation and consent,
• States and Banks assume their responsibility to curb the spread of
scammers Redd + ("carbon cowboys," "bubble Redd +") by: * Registration
and accreditation of international public operators Redd + * Rejection
of companies and NGOs scam reported by * Recommend indigenous
communities are not committing to contracts "to Redd +" or "carbon
business" until the international and national regulations are
specified and implemented.

• Priority of reducing pollution by greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions
by industrialized ecological debtors the power of rich minorities in
the North and South

3. Unity between ancestral and Survival of Biodiversity

Our ancient knowledge are intimately linked in the "productive
conservation" of nature, and in that way, compared to the COP 11 of
the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Congress of the
International Union of Nature (IUCN) called for will support the
following proposals:
• Prioritize the demarcation and legalization and legal security of
indigenous lands as collateral for the conservation of biodiversity
and genetic resources and ancestral knowledge.
• Consolidate the Law Prior Consultation and Consent, Binding, prior
and informed consent for access to genetic resources in indigenous
territories and associated traditional knowledge.
• The genetic resources of indigenous territories and ancestral
knowledge constitute the collective intellectual heritage and
indigenous natural, preserved for millennia and passed down from
generation to generation.
• Access to the ancestral knowledge and genetic resources should
provide for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits, including the
products of both genetic resources and associated traditional
• The ancient knowledge are not in the public domain, but in the
cultural field of indigenous peoples and states and international
organizations (such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD),
adopted sui generis legal standards of legal protection of this
knowledge ancestors.
• No marketing of ancestral knowledge and misuse and unauthorized for
biotech patent claims.

4. Rio +20: Solutions for Life not for Markets

The UN conference in June 2012 Rio de Janeiro is one of the last
chances to save all life forms on the planet. Amazonian peoples to
make call-Political Cultural Events in the vicinity of the official
summit, leaders of people and movements, artists, scientists,
intellectuals, who win public opinion and global politics. Likewise,
policy intervention strategies within and outside Rio +20 Summit of
peoples and building a plural and democratic, with broad public
visibility. All to gain broader political support for the UN will not
submit to the interests of irresponsible game of power, and advance
approaches, objectives and proposals such as:

• Do not accept that the "Green Economy" is the combination of
neoliberalism developed with "green projects" but a profound change in
reducing consumption, waste and predation and the changing pattern of
production, consumption, distribution and energy (oil, biofuels)
alternatives harmony among societies, cultures and nature.
• Renovation of the Kyoto protocol, where there are firm commitments
and requirements, reduction of greenhouse emissions and opportunities
for participation by indigenous peoples. Do not let the world drift
with powers to impose terms, how and when they reduce their emissions.
• Consolidation of the Indigenous Peoples' land and Visions of Life
Full of holistic management of nature for the "cooling" of the planet
by increasing the quality of public funds to implement such global and
• Establishment of an International Environmental Court, the pressing
operation, independent of the global powers, with spaces for
indigenous participation, the most affected by environmental crime.
• Reorganize the current UN environmental agencies not to bow to the
powers pollutants, to overcome the bureaucracy and expanding
opportunities for participation and advocacy for indigenous Amazonian
people and the world.

Finally, the Summit raised position the media as a line of political
action, not just instrumental.
To influence public policies on access to media and use of information
and communication technologies and implement the proposed network of
Amazon communities COICA

Indigenous peoples and the nature we're alone, and therefore we are
obliged to keep the forests standing, reduce deforestation and to be
guardians of their services such as water, biodiversity, climate for
the survival of life. We only ask that they let us work in peace in
our mission.

No more "Belomonstruos" in Brazil, Guyana, Peru (Marañón,
Pakitzapango), Bolivia and the world!
Not just above the Rio +20 Death and Life of Peoples of the Xingu!

Not on the road in Indian Isiboro Secure in Bolivia. Evo Brother
defends the people and not the business of the BNDES!

Stop the destruction of oil in Ecuador (Yasuni), Peru (DATEM) and
other countries!

No impositions IIRSA, as the Manta-Manaus multimodal hub that will
destroy the Napo River!

Action and Solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples of
Amazonia and the world!

Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana to ratify Convention 169!

Amazonian indigenous peoples, walking on the trail of our ancestors,
we ask the world to open their hearts and dreams and join in the
sessions for Life for All


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