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Climate Change: follow the Alternative Summit

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Alternative Summit of the COP 20 launches full activities program

A program of self-organized activities promoted by civil society organizations will be held in the People’s Summit on Climate Change, from 8 to 11 of December in Lima. The main venue of the Summit will be the Exposition Park (Parque de la Exposición), which features a large conference room and five rooms equipped for side events. The opening is scheduled for Monday 8 from 5 p.m. in the amphitheater of the park, where a special cultural presentation will take place. [Read more]. The summit also has its own website, which you can view here.

Peoples Summit without logistical and financial support from the Government

(By José Carlos Díaz Zanelli) In parallel to the Conference of the Parties, Lima will also be the host of the People’s Summit on Climate Change, an event that will bring together thousands of people independently of governments and business groups. The Alternative Summit will take place from 8 to 11 December and it is estimated that between 1500 and 2000 people will attended each day. The number will rise to 15,000 on the 10th, day scheduled for the Peoples March against Climate Change. Although it will be a massive event, the Peruvian government has not given any support to it. Meanwhile, they spend more than US$70 million to host dozens of official delegations in luxury hotels making use of public money. [Read more]

The Peoples Summit will be a massive public expression against climate change

The People’s Summit on Climate Change is not an anti-COP20, but an autonomous, free, democratic and horizontal space of civil society and indigenous peoples. “As a country, civil society and indigenous peoples are also hosting the COP 20, not only the government” said Lourdes Huanca, president of the women’s organization FENMUCARINAP and spokesperson for the People’s Summit. [Read more]

Brazil’s Javari valley threatened by Peruvian oil, warn tribes

(By David Hill) An indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon say they are vehemently opposed to oil exploration on the Peruvian side and are prepared to fight companies in order to keep them out. The Matsés’s main concerns are the potential social and environmental impacts of oil operations on both sides of the border, where they live in the far west of the iconic Javari Valley Indigenous Territory in Brazil and a 490,000 hectare legally-titled community in Peru. [Read more]

IWGIA: Publication about indigenous peoples and world heritage sites launched

The publication “World Heritage Sites and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights” was presented at the World Parks Congress in Sydney. At the presentation contributing authors shared some of the experiences recorded in the book. [Read more]

CBD agrees on using “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities”

After years of advocacy, indigenous peoples succeeded in changing the terminology of future decisions under the Convention on Biological Diversity from “indigenous and local communities” to indigenous peoples and local communities. Unlike “communities”, “indigenous Peoples” are entitled to collective rights under international human rights law. [Read more]

Who’s watching multinational companies operating in the peruvian amazon rainforest?

(By Camille Cordasco) Who knows better the Amazon forest than the indigenous communities that occupy and own its spaces? In the northern Amazon in Peru, in the region of Loreto, it’s been now years that indigenous leaders are patrolling, watching, monitoring, taking pictures and filming any environmental incident that might have been caused by multinational oil companies operating in their ancestral territories. Last week, a Peruvian Congresswoman presented a draft law to promote the official and legal recognition of the environmental and social monitoring carried out by indigenous peoples. [Read more]