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Defending the Forest Defenders

Indigenous leaders and rising youth representatives from communities across six countries give statements on how 2020 has impacted them; from how the pandemic has threatened their lives and wealth of traditional knowledge to the effects of forest fires exasperated by weakening legal land rights.

Their communities are on the front lines, the forest defenders, fighting against climate change and protecting against pandemics. What can be done to protect these communities so they can protect nature? Listen to their strategies on how we can defend the defenders.

Statement on Indigenous Youth|Militza Flaco

Militza Flaco, Youth Leader for the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) from Panama gives a statement on how the pandem...e.

Statement on action and more attention on the rights of Indigenous Peoples|Levi Sucre Romero

Levi Sucre Romero, Indigenous leader and coordinator Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), gives a statement on the risk...s.

Statement on criminalization and violation in Brazil|Walela Txai

Walela Txai, Indigenous Youth Leader of the Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (APIB) and a member of the Paiter Suruí Peopl...l.

Statement on strengthening and empowering young leaders | Jhomar Wicler Maynas Inuma

Peruvian Shipibo leader, Jhomar Wicler Maynas Inuma, gives his statement on the threats that environmental activists face and the impor...

Statement on the attacks and criminalization of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil| Dinamam Tuxá

Dinamam Tuxá, legal advisor and coordinator of the Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (APIB), gives a statement on the conti...d.

Statement on the importance of traditional knowledge |Kalfein Wuisan

"Raise your Swords - We are the guardians of the forest" - Kalfein Wuisan, Indigenous Youth Leader of Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara...n.

Statement on the threats to Indigenous communities in Indonesia|Rukka Sombolinggi

Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary-General of Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), gives a statement on how the COVID-19 pandemic has ex...l.

Statement on the resistance of Indigenous peoples| Tuntiak Katan

Tuntiak Katan, Indigenous leader and vice coordinator for the Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), ...s.