On July 11 and 12, 2022, a regional workshop on governance, management and indigenous territorial law, organized by COICA and IUCN South America within the framework of the Amazonia 2.0 project, was held at the Hotel Quito in Quito, Ecuador.
The workshop brought together, in person or virtually, the leaders and technicians of COICA and their bases: AIDESEP (Peru), CIDOB (Bolivia), COIAB (Brazil), CONFENIAE (Ecuador), OIS (Suriname), ORPIA (Venezuela ) and APA (Guyana). Also present were local representatives from Amazonia 2.0 implementation areas in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru; as well as part of the project technical team from IUCN South America, Fundación EcoCiencia (Ecuador), Fundación Natura (Colombia) and ECO REDD (Peru).
The first day began with the inauguration of the event chaired by Gregorio Díaz Mirabal, General Coordinator of COICA; with words from Gabriel Quijandría, Director of the IUCN Regional Office for South America, and Elcio Manchineri, Territory and Natural Resources Coordinator of COICA.
The workshop began with a presentation by Zack Romo, Technical Coordinator of COICA, on the current situation and COICA’s prospects regarding the indigenous territorial agenda, which included information on the main advances to date, the difficulties and challenges. An introduction was also given to the initiative “Amazon for Life: protect 80% by 2025”, proposed by COICA and approved in September 2021 during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille (motion 129) .
Next, Michael McGarrell, COICA’s Human Rights and Policy Coordinator, and Nadino Calapucha, Manager of COICA’s Defenders Advocacy Program (PDDD), gave a powerful presentation on the current situation of indigenous defenders. They mentioned the dimensions and implications of the problem, as well as strategic actions to prevent risks and deal with threats.
The morning of the first day of the workshop ended with a panel of local experiences of the Amazonia 2.0 project. The panel began with a presentation by the regional coordinator of the project, Braulio Buendía (IUCN), followed by interventions from the local representatives and the national technical teams of the A2.0 project: Gilberto Nenquimo (president of NAWE, Ecuador), Javier Vargas ( Fundación EcoCiencia, Ecuador), Fanny Jamioy (Inga Niñeras Indigenous Reserve, Colombia), Helena Cendales (Fundación Natura, Colombia) and Margot Gonzales (Indigenous Women’s Program of ORAU and ECO REDD, Peru).
On the afternoon of July 11, the workshop continued with a presentation of the Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG), given by Carmen Josse, Executive Director of Fundación EcoCiencia. This presentation made it possible to visualize key data for the implementation of the Amazon for Life initiative (80×25).
Subsequently, the working sessions began with all the participants, led by Anabel Perez, COICA consultant. The first working session focused on the diagnosis of the current situation in terms of governance and territorial management, the identification of problems, challenges, difficulties and grassroots needs. The day ended with a plenary discussion on this topic.
The second day of the Regional Workshop continued with working tables, this time with a dynamic that served to identify the key players and the level of relationship with the initiatives and actions of each base or organization.
The day continued with a section dedicated to regional spaces and advocacy tools. This section included presentations by Braulio Buendía (Amazonia 2.0 – IUCN), on the Leticia Pact and the Biodiversity and Forests Programs of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO); and by Jackeline Borjas, from the COICA Defenders Advocacy Program, on the Escazú Agreement.
The afternoon of July 12 was devoted to finalizing the working groups. First, a working dynamic was carried out on the current situation of rights, reflecting on the problems, the main advances to date, the challenges and the opportunities. Subsequently, a roadmap for each country was validated for the implementation of the indigenous agenda, based on the inputs from the workshop.
The workshop ended with a summary of the work done and follow-up agreements, with interventions by Sofía Murgueytio and Jessika García on behalf of COICA, and Braulio Buendía, regional coordinator of the Amazonia 2.0 project. In addition, a formal closing ceremony took place with the participation of Gabriel Quijandría, Director of IUCN South America, and closing remarks by Gregorio Díaz Mirabal, General Coordinator of COICA.
The Regional Workshop on Governance, Management and Indigenous Territorial Law brought together more than 40 people from all the countries of the Amazon basin, which made it a space for diversified exchange, which allowed the construction of roadmaps in the perspective of the V AMAZONIAN SUMMIT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: SOLUTIONS FOR A LIVING AMAZON and the XI COICA CONGRESS.