Indigenous Rights

Cultural Survival and Rainforest Protection

Many indigenous tribes make their home in the Amazon rainforest. Courtesy of Alex Goff, ClearWater, 2015.

LDF is partnering with ClearWater to empower indigenous people in the Amazon to protect and defend their lands and culture by supporting a strategic collaboration between four indigenous tribes in the region, standing together against oil and timber interests.

Last year LDF provided a seed grant to ClearWater to support a new effort in the western Amazon to empower the indigenous tribes of the Amazon to protect their lands, water, and culture. This grant led to an unexpected development: the formation of the Ceibo Alliance. For the first time ever, four Nations – the Cófan, Secoya, Siona, and Waorani – fractured for decades by cultural differences and outside forces have come together to protect their home. The Ceibo Alliance is working to promote dialogue around individual and collective needs and design collaborative projects to protect the rainforest territories and critical cultural relationships to the forest.

This year LDF will support ClearWater’s efforts to help Ceibo Alliance build its leadership, governance, and capacity with the goal of indigenous communities leading all decision-making and conservation efforts. Core program areas for Ceibo Alliance include territorial mapping, legal advocacy, environmental monitoring, and communications & journalism.

Indigenous Rights

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