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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.

Ya está disponible la publicación electrónica "Experiencias organizativas hacia la gobernanza indígena de las áreas protegidas", que recoge estudios de caso elaborados por tres expertos latinoamericanos: Raúl Díaz, de Argentina, Mirta Pereira, de Paraguay y Nancy Bravo de Colombia.

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Adjuntamos la tercera nota informativa sobre la Cumbre de las Naciones Unidas sobre Desarrollo Sostenible Río + 20.

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Adjuntamos una carta del FIIB a la Primera Ministra de Tailandia en protesta por el desalojo forzoso de indígenas karen del Parque Nacional de Kaeng Krachan de Tailandia.

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En el marco de las discusiones sobre el informe que está ultimando el Mecanismo de Expertos sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (MEDPI) sobre el tema de "participación de los pueblos indígenas en la toma de decisiones", las organizaciones IWGIA, Centro para el Desarrollo de los Derechos de las Minorías, Kenia (CEMIRIDE), Minority Rights Group International (MRG) y Consejo para el Bienestar Endorois (Endorois Welfare Council) presentaron la declaración que les adjuntamos.

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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.

Monday, 23 May 2011 10:47

Protected areas

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.

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