Being Amerindian Today

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Livelihoods, Technology, and Dynamic Indigenous Knowledges New publication in the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. http://projectcobra.org/wp-content/uploads/Being-Amerindian-Today_Elisa-Bignante-2017.pdf This photo essay explores the diffusion of technologies and new commodities within the Indigenous communities living in the Amazon forest of Guyana, South America: the Makushi people who inhabit the northern area of the Rupununi river region, and the Wapishana people who live in the southern area. It is published in the 2017 Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, … Read More

Developing a theory of change for traditional knowledge and conservation

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First partner meeting in Georgetown, Guyana The Darwin Initiative inception meeting took place on the 6th September 2017 at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs and gave project partners a first chance to discuss the key aspects of the project face-to-face The meeting was also attended by Minister Sydney Allicock, who had insightful comments and inputs into the project goals and impacts. He emphasised the importance of using more locally, Indigenous owned words to describe the project, particularly relevant to … Read More

Darwin Initiative project launched in Guyana

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British High Commission hosts launch of project in Georgetown At his residency in Bel Air, Georgetown, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn began the evening of presentations and video screenings, followed by project partners, and culminating with Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock, emphasising the need for a national plan for traditional knowledge, a key output of the project. Read media reports of the event here: http://gina.gov.gy/integrating-traditional-knowledge-project-officially-launched/ http://demerarawaves.com/2017/09/05/guyanas-indigenous-amerindian-traditional-conservation-strategies-may-be-shared-with-guiana-shield/ http://www.inewsguyana.com/integrating-traditional-knowledge-project-officially-launched/ See article in Stabroek News:  

Protecting and promoting traditional knowledge on UN Indigenous Peoples Day

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10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the international community ten years ago. The Declaration expresses the rights, freedoms and standards for survival, dignity and the well-being of Indigenous peoples. Today marks the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 370 million Indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. … Read More

Launch of Darwin Initiative project

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Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice in Guyana Working in Guyana, this project will address Aichi Biodiversity Target 18, incorporating traditional knowledge [TK] into biodiversity policy for poverty reduction, by 1) evaluating TK integration using case studies focused on protected areas management, 2) building institutional capacity in TK integration, and 3) developing a National Action Plan for TK. Download the project flyer here: Darwin Flyer

Report on intercultural and participatory fire management

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Activities and outcomes from meeting in Brasilia, March 2017 This report outlines the main activities, findings and recommendations from the meeting held in Brasilia, Brazil in March 2017, on intercultural and participatory fire management. The meeting involved Indigenous and traditional peoples, scientists and government agencies. MIF Brasília 2017 (VF)

Conversations on fire management

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  Bringing together different perspectives for more participatory and intercultural fire management A ‘Fire Management Week’, 11 -17 March 2017, in Brasilia, Brazil aimed to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences on fire management among representatives of Indigenous peoples, quilombolas, and traditional communities in Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, researchers, and public policy managers. The aim was to discuss the aspirations and expectations of Indigenous peoples and traditional communities on how to conduct fire actions within their territories. The week … Read More

The Pemón Indigenous elders are also scientists: their knowledge is key in environmental conservation

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Disseminating the value of ancestral Indigenous knowledge for the conservation of tropical forests and Participatory Fire Management in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. Radio interview with Dr. Bibiana Bilbao Universidad Simón Bolívar and Mayor Miguel Matany, Commander of the INPARQUES Firefighters Corps in the Program: “Date con la Ciencia” (Come and learn together with the Science) led by Dr. Guillermo Barreto, Vice-Minister for Research and Application of Knowledge, Ministry of Popular Power for University Education, Science and Technology https://twitter.com/fonacit_ve/status/776271767463755777 ‘Date con … Read More

Kapoto at the start of the dry season

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  Kremkrem team meet to map and record traditional and prescribed fires In June 2015, partners of Project Kremkrem met in Aldeia Kapoto, a beautiful area of cerrado (savanna) that burns every year….. Following an evaluation visit by project partner Andrea Berardi in November 2014, it became clear that the Indigenous researchers working on the project required further capacity building to carry out project tasks, and that more work needed to focus in the Kapoto area of the Indigenous territory … Read More

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