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In Marseille, the World Conservation Congress opens this Friday, which brings together the government and NGOs every two years to formulate recommendations on environmental protection. For example, the forum draws up the list of endangered species. This year, it will debate various motions and for the first time the indigenous organizations will have a voice and vote.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has already adopted more than 100 resolutions calling for the protection of endangered species, such as jaguars or freshwater porpoises. And although they are not binding, these resolutions constitute a reference to guide environmental protection policies.
With the presence of hundreds of NGOs and government agencies, the congress will give voice and vote to indigenous organizations for the first time, who will be able to propose and vote on resolutions.
José Gregorio Díaz Mirabal, coordinator of COICA, Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin, traveled from Ecuador and spoke with RFI about the proposals that he will make at the Marseille congress.
“We arrived here in a very complex scenario, with what humanity is experiencing, climate change, fires, the Amazon, pollution with mercury, with oil, the murders of our brother leaders in the Amazon. For the first time, we are going to have a voice within the IUCN Congress, we have always been on the street, outside. This time we are going to have a right to speak so that our proposal is voted on. The request we have for the governments of the world is that for the first time there is a plan to save the Amazon, to save 80% of the Amazon basin. We are setting the date 2025 ”, said Días Mirabal.
Precisely, “the indigenous territory in the Amazon basin represents almost 50% of the best-preserved territories on the planet, but they do not have legal guarantees. We are proposing that the indigenous territories have a collective legality, that they cannot be violated, that we have the title of our territory so that no more mining or oil activities are allowed that could destroy the jungle. That is one of the proposals, that the governments can recognize that territory and protect it for us, the indigenous peoples, ”continues the COICA coordinator.
Furthermore, he concludes, “Europe cannot continue to finance oil, mining in the Amazon. We need them to help us, for there to be another type of economic cooperation, a new economy that allows the tropical forest, the largest forest in the world, to remain standing ”.
The World Conservation Congress will take place from September 3-7.