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The Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) is a space for coordination and exchange of territorial authorities that manage or influence the main forest areas of Mesoamerica. Indigenous governments and community forestry organizations that in the Alliance seek to strengthen their own dialogue, focused on conservation and community management of their territories, while jointly seeking to influence governments and international stakeholders to ensure that strategies for the conservation of biodiversity and for climate change mitigation, appropriately integrate the rights and benefits of Indigenous Peoples and Forest Communities. AMPB works on two clear advocacy routes: the Community Forest Management agenda and the Territorial Rights agenda. Both are based on the global climate change agenda. Members of AMPB include: MOCAF Network, ACOFOP, National Forestry Alliance, Utz Che’, FEPROAH, MASTA, Mayangna Nation, YATAMA, RIBCA, Guna General Congress, and Embera Region-Wounaan.
The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) was established on 17 March, 1999. AMAN is composed of: 2,.449 member communities; a population of 20+ million in population, 21 regional chapters, 115 local chapters, 3 wing organizations, 2 autonomous bodies, and 2 economic institutions. Additionally, we represent non-member IPs—over 60 million Indonesians who manage over 60 million hectares of forests and other natural resources in Indonesia. AMAN is a leading organization that fights for the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Indonesia. Nationally and globally AMAN was the recipient of the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons Council, Culture Award from the Indonesian Minister of Culture and Education, and “The Best Mass Organization Award” from the Indonesian Minister of Home Affairs. At the international level, AMAN has been involved in the initiation of various global initiatives including: the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC), The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change/IPFCC, and is a member of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).
The Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) in Spanish) is an indigenous organization of international convergence that acts on behalf of 511 Indigenous Peoples, of which approximately 66 are Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact (PIACI); articulated through organizations with a political-organizational base, present in the 9 Amazonian countries: AIDESEP (Peru), COIAB (Brazil), ORPIA (Venezuela), CIDOB (Bolivia), CONFENIAE (Ecuador), APA (Guyana), OPIAC (Colombia), OIS (Suriname), and FOAG (French Guiana). As Amazonian indigenous peoples, our efforts are oriented towards the promotion, protection, and security of our territories, through our ways of life, principles, and social, spiritual, and cultural values. COICA was born on March 14th, 1984, during the First Congress of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin.
The Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), was created by indigenous movement at Terra Livre Camp (ATL) 2005. It is an instance of national reference of the indigenous movement in Brazil, bringing together indigenous organizations at the regional level, created from the bottom up. APIB’s purpose is to strengthen the unity of indigenous peoples, the articulation between different indigenous regions and organizations; mobilizing indigenous peoples and organizations against threats and aggressions.
The Network of Indigenous and Local Populations for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) is a sub-regional civil society organization and a specialized network of the Conference on Dense and Humid Ecosystems in Central Africa (CEFDHAC), a platform that brings together civil society organizations (CSOs) working for good governance and sustainable management of forests in Central Africa with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC). Since its creation in 2003 in Kigali, Rwanda, REPALEAC and its active national networks in Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Chad and Rwanda are taking action to defend the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IP-LCs) as well as the sustainability of the ecosystems to which they are intimately linked and on which their survival depends.