With the support of iCS, the meeting brought together Amazonian leaders to, among other issues, present implementations of the Environmental Territorial Management Plans for Indigenous Lands

During the seminar “Territorial and Environmental Management of Indigenous Peoples of the Brazilian Amazon,” organized in Manaus (AM) by the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (Coiab), in partnership with the Institute for Climate and Society, experiences were presented regarding the implementation of the Environmental Territorial Management Plans (PGTAs) of the Indigenous Lands of Alto Rio Purus, in Acre, and Igarapé Lourdes, in Rondônia.

“The PGTA is also known as a Life Plan and is a collective construction of the indigenous people themselves. For us, it is a valuable tool that reflects our leading role, autonomy and self-determination. The PGTA is part of the PNGATI (National Policy for Territorial and Environmental Management of the Indigenous Lands), which is a historic achievement of the indigenous movement. Coiab actively participated in this construction and this is part of our fight for structuring public policies for the management of the indigenous territories, after the advance of the demarcation processes of the Indigenous Lands ,” explains the general coordinator of Coiab, Toya Manchineri, in a statement to the Coiab website.

The PNGATI has the objective to value the indigenous material and immaterial heritage, in addition to recovering, conserving and sustainably using natural resources, in order to guarantee the quality of life and the conditions for the physical and cultural reproduction of the current and future indigenous generations.

The meeting also provided a diagnosis about the plans and perspectives with respect to the Environmental and Territorial Management Instruments (IGATs) in the Amazon Indigenous Lands – 100 of these instruments were identified in the states of the region.

Throughout the program, participants internalized a deeper understanding about the Life Plans, both for the protection of the territories and the facing of threats: deforestation, land grabbing and climate change, among other challenges.

Participants of the Seminar held in Manaus (AM)| Credit: @anderson.arapaco

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