We work for a world where indigenous peoples and local communities are recognized in all countries as essential actors in the fight against climate change, the protection of biodiversity, and the sustainable management of territories. We want to participate – through our representative organizations – in all economic, political, and social definitions influencing our territories to reach a sustainable global way of life. We want to develop our lives freely, according to our autonomy, promoting that human beings live in harmony with Mother Earth.
photo: Giulianne Martins
photo: Rachel Elkind
To be a single voice to fight for the collective rights of our peoples and communities, for the legal recognition of our territories, for protecting Mother Earth and all human beings, and to combat the causes of climate change. In parallel, we increase the capacities of our member organizations to better protect our territories and ensure the full exercise of our cultures and livelihoods.
Who We Are
The Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC) is a political platform of indigenous peoples and local communities united to defend Mother Earth for all humanity’s present and future benefit. We guarantee our legitimacy andrepresentativeness thanks to democratic processes, ranging from the community to the plurinational level.
Our alliance represents 35 million people living in forest territories from 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are defenders of over 958 million hectares of land.
The five organizations that make us are the Indonesian Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipielago (AMAN); the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB); the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB); the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA); and the Network of Indigenous and Local Populations for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REPALEAC).
photo: Camile Falquez
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Rainforest Foundations US is our fiscal sponsor. For any letters and parcels, please direct to:
Rainforest Foundation US
P.O. Box 26908
Brooklyn, NY 11202