Cooperations and Projects

A long-term regional partnership

Since 1993, member municipalities in Austria have been working closely with the Federation of Indigenous Organisations of the Rio Negro (Federação das Organizações Indígenas do Rio Negro, FOIRN) and supported several indigenous communities along the upper Rio Negro in the north-west of Brazil. One first major and important success of this partnership is state recognition of the indigenous areas of the Rio Negro. This is a key prerequisite for the cultural survival of the indigenous peoples dwelling here. At the same time, it contributes to protection of the rainforests and thus also to climate protection. Since the start of the partnership, the Austrian municipalities have raised almost two million euros. Further activities enabled by this partnership include purchase of a community boat, installation of a solar-powered radio network, and the development of fish breeding stations.

Contact: Johann Kandler Johann.Kandler(at)klimabuendnis.at

Securing of land rights
The North-South Cooperation of Climate Alliance Luxembourg’s members is coordinated by ASTM (Action Solidarité Tiers-Monde). The municipalities select a project in Latin America, Africa or Asia proposed by ASTM that they would like to support. Following up on the respective project, ASTM sets up the adult education work in the community. Current projects include “Securing of the land rights of indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian rainforest”, “Sustainable development of the Danyi Plateau in Togo” and the “Construction of biogas plants in India”. Further areas of focus such as the rainforests, indigenous peoples and everyday culture are considered during educational work with children and young people.

Contact: Dietmar Mierkes education(at)astm.lu

Legal aid fund

Attacks on the indigenous communities by settlers, logging companies and oil corporations occur time and time again. The main bone of contention is disregard for the rights of the indigenous peoples dwelling there. The indigenous people regularly lose out and are often even arrested without reason and legal aid. For this reason, Climate Alliance set up a project-independent legal aid fund several years ago from which the legal measures of indigenous organisations are funded.

Contact: Thomas Brose t.brose(at)klimabuendnis.org

Institutional support
Development and reinforcement of the indigenous organisations is an important tool for the recognition of indigenous rights and thus also of active rainforest and climate protection. Climate Alliance has consequently supported the establishment and continued development of various indigenous organisations in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.

Contact: Silke Lunnebach s.lunnebach(at)klimabuendnis.org

 

 

At a political level, Climate Alliance campaigns for the involvement of indigenous representatives in international processes if these are in the interest of indigenous peoples. So the industrialised countries must agree to climate protection mechanisms such as to the carbon sequestration of planted forests, respect for indigenous rights. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, 1992), should not only recognise the indigenous knowledge of plants but also protect from commercial exploitation. Moreover, Climate Alliance campaigns intensively for signing by the European states of the ILO’s Convention No. 169, which protects extensive rights of the indigenous peoples.