The Guiana Shield Facility is partnering with the Organizacion Nacional Indigena de Colombia (ONIC), ACATISEMA and the COBRA Project to participate in the V Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas which will be held in Resguardo Indígena de la María, Colombia from November 11, 2013 and will conclude on November 16, 2013.

The focus of the Guiana Shield “encuentro” is a roundtable discussion on:

  • Land and indigenous peoples, culture, worldview and good governance

Indigenous leaders participating in the UNDP-GSF project in Matavén, Colombia and the COBRA project in Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname will lead the roundtable discussion. Other indigenous leaders from French Guiana and Venezuela are expected to contribute to the discussion.

Since the commencement of the project, the Guiana Shield Facility has placed emphasis on building the capacity of the indigenous communities to effectively manage ecosystems goods and services which will in turn contribute to conservation and sustainable development.

The general objective of this summit is to “develop and articulate strategies of Indigenous Peoples and their organizations against the neoliberal development model and outline the foundations for the construction of a new civilization paradigm supported by the Good Life, the Rights of Mother Earth.”

“The V Summit will reaffirm that the territories are the places where we developed our identity, our language and our world that make us different from Western cultures societies at the same time is the wealth of nationalities.”

During the week of activities, discussions will also be held on the need to continue to articulate the demands and proposals, define strategies to enhance the processes towards completion of the new civilization paradigm supported by the Good Life, strengthen the implementation of indigenous rights recognized by states, and promote the recognition of the rights of Mother Earth. More information on the summit can be obtained from the website:

The aim of the GSF is to support the conservation and sustainable development of the ecosystems of the bio-diverse 2.7 million km² Guiana Shield eco-region through supporting activities needed to ensure the ecological integrity of the eco-region.