Cooperation at European level

Climate Alliance member municipalities enter into partnerships with indigenous communities and support projects for the sustainable use of resources or for reinforcement of their organisation’s structures.

Climate Alliance supports campaigns and initiatives of the indigenous partners for protection of the tropical rainforests, such as in the current threats to individual areas and longer-term processes such as dialogue between the oil industry, governments and COICA.

The European Secretariat of Climate Alliance in Frankfurt am Main coordinates cooperation with the indigenous partners. It raises funds for the participation of indigenous representatives in international political processes, organises indigenous forums as necessary, and provides the partners with expert advice. It cooperates with governmental and non-governmental institutions for the support of indigenous organisations, by backing the oil dialogue process for example. Moreover, it provides support during projects by preparing and implementing indigenous organisations’ projects funded by the member cities and municipalities. 100% of Climate Alliance associated members’ membership fees are invested in the project work.

In several European countries, Climate Alliance’s national coordination offices have assumed responsibility for the support of regional and local projects of the indigenous partners in Amazonia.

Brücken nach Amazonien (German 282 KB)
Building Bridges to the Amazon Region (English, 282 KB)

Current proposals from our indigenous partners:

Proposal for legal support in Peru

City of Rostock and the Amakaeri region

Climate Alliance member Rostock has entered into a direct partnership with a municipal protected area known as Amakaeri, located directly in the centre of the Madre de Dios, a biodiversity hotspot within the Peruvian rainforest.

Amakaeri, a region that measures 400,000 hectares in size, has been responsibly administered by the indigenous Harkmbut people for hundreds of years. In recent years, however, the area’s natural resources, which include gold, oil and wood, have attracted companies and are leading to devastating conflicts: estimates show that as of 2009, some 18,000 hectares of forest had been cleared and another 150,000 had been damaged. Mercury and other heavy metals, used to obtain precious metals like gold, have led to pollution in lakes, rivers and streams, severely impacting the health of the ecosystem and local population. With the support of the City of Rostock (DE), the indigenous population in the Amakaeri is working to demarcate the boarders  of the protected area to halt the intrusion of lumber companies, gold seekers and settlers. Rostock is actively preserving the rainforest by supporting the protection of Amakaeri and its boarder areas as well as the oversight of social and environmental standards in the region.

Further information and impressions from Peru: "Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri, un área de conservación indígena"