Amazon Watch and Allies Promote Sacred "No Go Zones" at IUCN World Conservation Congress

Amazon Watch and Allies Promote Sacred "No Go Zones" at IUCN World Conservation Congress

Amazon Watch is joining the calls of indigenous allies from the world in promoting "Sacred No Go Zones" at the the World Conservation Congress (WCC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Honolulu, Hawai'i. We are accompanying indigenous allies from the Kichwa territory of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the U'wa territory of Colombia to ensure that indigenous peoples voices, concerns and proposals are heard at this important international gathering. Specifically, we will be joining a historic delegation of indigenous and NGO allies in promoting "No Go Zones" for extraction in sacred natural sites, including the Living Forests of the Amazon and the UWA's sacred mountains via Motion 026. For more information, see below and our recent blog post, Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights.

Participants Include

Patricia Gualinga, International Representative from the Kichwa territory of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Nina Gualinga, Youth Spokeswoman from Sarayaku
Aura Tegría, U'wa Legal Advisor
Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director of Amazon Watch
Andrew Miller, Advocacy Director of Amazon Watch

Contact andrew@amazonwatch.org for interview requests

Calendar of Key Events with Sarayaku and U'wa Indigenous Leaders

Saturday, September 3rd

Workshop: Catalyzing communication: Conservation action through core messaging
WHEN​: 11 am – 1 pm
WHERE: Room 310
WHO: Patricia Gualinga (Sarayaku, Ecuador); Celine Cousteau (CauseCentric Productions); Cristina Mittermeier (SeaLegacy); Adam Sweidan (Synchronicity Earth) and more

Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Conservation Activities and the Fulfilment of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
WHEN​: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Room 314 UNDP Kauhale
WHO:​ UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli­-Corpuz; Aura Tegria, U'wa people; Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN and more

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Tribes on the Edge
WHEN​: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Room 314 UNDP Kauhale
WHO: Celine Cousteau (CauseCentric Productions); Leila Salazar-López (AW); and Daniel Juhn (CI)

Sunday, September 4th

Workshop: From Rhetoric to Reality: Exploring laws, customary governance and No-Go area policies for future protection of sacred natural sites
WHEN: 11 am to 1 pm
WHERE: Room 315
WHO: Indigenous leaders from Hawai'i, California (Caleen Sisk), Ecuador (Patricia Gualinga), Kenya (Simon Ndonco Mitambo), Altai, Russia (Danil Mamyev) and more
Organized by Gaia Foundation and Sacred Land Film Project)

Monday, September 5th

Roundtable: A Deep Dive on Gender and Climate Change: Exploring Policy Progress, Implementation Challenges, and Women's Frontlines Solutions (From Global Standards to Transformative Action: Six countries highlight methods for combatting climate change with the power of gender equality – Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change)
WHEN: 8:30 – 10:30 am
WHERE: Room 317B
WHO: Speakers include Patricia Gualinga (Sarayaku, Ecuador); Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN); Sally Ranney (IUCN Patron of Nature and WECAN Co-founder); Bridget Burns, WEDO Advocacy and Communications Director; and others.
Sponsored by: IUCN Gender Program and Women's' Earth and Climate Action Network – WECAN

Standing on Sacred Ground: Aloha ʻĀina Around the World – Film clips feature challenges to sacred lands and their ecosystems in Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Mongolia, California and Hawaiʻi – and the spiritual work of indigenous guardians to sustain reverence for these places and protect their natural resources
WHEN: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Room B of Hawai'i-Pacific Pavilion
WHO: Discussions with sacred site guardians follow each short film clip: The Altai in Russia (Danil Mamyev), Mongolia (Buyanbadrakh), Papua New Guinea (Melchior Ware), Ecuador (Patricia Gualinga), California (Caleen Sisk) and Hawai'i on Kaho'olawe and Mauna Kea (Davianna McGregor, Emmett Aluli, Craig Neff, Luana Busby-Neff)
Hosted by the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana

Wednesday, September 7th

ALL-DAY Symposium: Lands, Seas & Skies – Conversations with Science, Tradition & the Sacred
WHEN: 8:30 – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa, Orvis Auditorium, Music Dept. 2411 Dole St.
WHO: Academics, Indigenous peoples and allies from Hawaii and around the world, including: Patricia Gualinga, Nina Gualinga, Caleen Sisk, Kalei Nuuhiwa, Luana Busby-Neff, Toby McLeod, Brendan Mackey and many more
Sponsored by the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific

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