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"Self-development occurs to the extent that indigenous peoples have the autonomy to decide on their future, and this is only possible when indigenous peoples own, dominate and above all, have control over the territory”
Representative of the Nasa people
, Cauca, Colombia.

Welcome to our Documentation Centre

In this section you will find useful training and study materials on current issues about indigenous communities. All included documents are published subject to their respective authors’ rights. All documents and materials created by Almáciga are under a Creative Commons license.

Este CD recoge algunos documentos relevantes de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre Desarrollo Sostenible Río+20, que tuvo lugar en Río de Janeiro en junio de 2012, y está elaborado gracias al apoyo del Programa Indígena de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) y de la Fundación Biodiversidad.  Ambas entidades contribuyeron también con fondos para la participación de delegados indígenas en las reuniones de la Conferencia.

Puede acceder a los documentos pulsando los links que aparecen a lo largo de este artículo.

Almáciga, with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation (“Fundación Biodiversidad”) has compiled and systematized reference, informative and working materials on the issue of indigenous peoples and protected areas. These materials have been included in a CDRom for its distribution in different multilateral forums and workshops. Documents can be accessed in Spanish onlyThe CD was designed as a tool for those indigenous communities and organizations in Latin America, and support organizations, wishing to go in depth into the issue of protected areas in connection with indigenous peoples’ rights. The materials are aimed at improving full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the decision-taking process on the protected areas regime, particularly regarding the negotiations about such protected areas being developed in the national, regional (Latin America) and international (CBD and discussions within the IUCN) levels.

The CDRom has several folders, structured in three groups: reference materials, informative materials and working materials.

The first folder contains reference materials on the processes relating to protected areas and indigenous peoples’ rights that are being developed in the multilateral and regional level, particularly in the region of Latin America. Special focus has been placed on two essential multilateral processes: negotiations held in the frame of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The second, “informative materials” folder, contains case studies prepared by indigenous organizations, support organizations and other relevant bodies, along with publications on the issue.

Lastly, the third folder contains working materials in Power Point format, that can be used by indigenous organizations in training workshops on protected areas and indigenous peoples’ rights.

In this site you may find some of the documents and the complete list of materials included in the CD. Those people or organizations with an interest in any specific publication or material can request it from Almáciga through the contact form available in this web page. We will be happy to get in touch with you.

Almáciga makes available for indigenous and support organizations presentations and materials that can be used in training and education on the rights of indigenous peoples. We hope they are useful. You can access the documents through the links included in the bottom of this article.

Thanks to the support of the Human Rights Office of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Almáciga created a CD compiling working materials and documents for training on the human rights system and the rights of indigenous peoples. The documents can be accessed in Spanish only

CAMPAÑA ESCOLAR: “Conociendo a los otros a través de lo nuestro. Acercamiento a los pueblos indígenas de América”

Esta campaña escolar se llevó a cabo entre los años 2005 y 2009 con el apoyo de la Diputación Provincial de Zaragoza. Estuvo dirigida a alumnos/as de educación infantil, primaria y secundaria. El objetivo que movió a Almáciga a plantear esta campaña escolar en Aragón fue promover la valoración del saber tradicional aragonés, utilizándolo como punto de partida para difundir, entre los estudiantes de Educación Infantil, Primaria y Secundaria de la provincia de Zaragoza, los conocimientos tradicionales de diferentes pueblos indígenas americanos.


El presente CDRom, elaborado con el apoyo de la FUNDACIÓN BIODIVERSIDAD, está concebido como una herramienta para las comunidades y organizaciones indígenas y organizaciones de apoyo que desean desarrollar sus propios materiales o realizar talleres de capacitación sobre el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica (CDB) en relación con los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. Contiene materiales de referencia y presentaciones de Power Point con materiales informativos complementarios para poder elaborar talleres adaptados a las diferentes organizaciones. Puede acceder a los documentos pulsando los links al final de este artículo.

The traditional concept of conservation, which turns biodiversity and human activity into mutually excluding concepts, has had devastating effects for those communities who have historically lived in territories where protected areas have been established: forced movements, loss of traditional means of survival, accelerated poverty processes and loss of identity. Currently, there are more than 100,000 protected areas worldwide, most of them established on ancestral indigenous territories, rich in biodiversity. Related documentation can be accessed through the links listed at the bottom of this article.


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a multilateral environmental treaty adopted during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Although the CBD is an international agreement labeled as “environmental”, i.e. dealing with biological diversity and life in the environment, as a consequence of its subject-matter being so wide, and given its approach, it goes further beyond the reach of what was considered purely environmental. The CBD has an impact on broad sectors of peoples’ life, as in economy and other social issues.

Documents and materials on the convention can be accessed through the links listed at the bottom of this page. Additionally, in the “training materials” section of this page you can find specific training materials regarding CBD and indigenous peoples.

Convention 169 was adopted by ILO in 1989. With its approval, the Organization aimed to update a prior convention (number 107), a treaty that promoted integration of indigenous peoples into the majority societies of the countries where they lived, and which is still in force in several countries. Up to date, Convention 169 has been ratified by twenty-two countries, most of them from Latin America.

In the words of Rodolfo Stavenhagen, former Special Rapporteur, “The adoption by the General Assembly of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a step forward in the consolidation of international mechanisms for the protection of the human rights of all persons, to which all Members of the Organization are committed.”