$5,000 to support Siona Indigenous communities in Ecuador and Colombia that are working to secure recognition to over 120,000 acres of ancestral rainforest territory and to stop the placing of 8 seismic testing lines for oil exploration. This grant will specifically support the purchase and installation of solar energy and VHF radio communications systems that are badly needed for basic communications, energy and security in a region that is increasingly dangerous for Indigenous leaders.
$2,000 to support a youth network climate justice gathering in Colombia to provide an opportunity to learn practical tools and skills and develop regional strategies for concrete actions, including efforts to increase the visibility of community-led resistance to extractive industries in the Andean and Amazonian regions.
$2,000 to support a workshop for Shipibo communities impacted by palm oil plantations in the Peruvian Amazon where the chance for large-scale deforestation and land conflict is heightened by government plans to expand palm oil to 1.5 million acres.
$5,000 to support a delegation of Indigenous youth, women and leaders from the Kichwa territory of Sarayaku from the Ecuadorian Amazon to participate in the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties 21st convening (COP21) in Paris, France to advocate for the protection of their ancestral territories and keeping oil in the ground in the Amazon.
$1,000 to support the Leading from the Land Summit, a gathering in Ecuador of grassroots Indigenous leaders that are part of the Land is Life network working to defend Indigenous lands, cultures and livelihoods, including participation from the Philippines, India, Nigeria, Chile, Brazil, the U.S. and Ecuador itself.
$5,000 to support trainings to develop community legal advocates and monitors from the Waorani, Secoya, Siona and Cofan nationalities in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, as well as post-training activities to document and map threats, file petitions, utilize conflict resolution mechanisms and provide on-the-ground legal accompaniment.
$2,300 to support the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon holding an emergency assembly to address violations of its territorial rights by oil interests that have been attempting to get small settlements within the Sarayaku collective to negotiate oil deals. The emergency assembly will provide an opportunity to inform people about what is going on, pass resolutions and agree on next steps regarding territorial defense.
$5,000 to support the demarcation and monitoring of the Sawré Muybu territory of the Munduruku people, the last large un-demarcated swath of Munduruku territory in the Tapajós Basin, a jewel of the Amazon and home to an incredible array of plant and animal biodiversity that is threatened by Brazil’s plans to build 3 major dams.
$5,000 to support building a new ceremonial healing center both as part of a flood recovery process and to strengthen and promote traditional knowledge and health systems in an intergenerational way as the Yawanawa continue to protect nearly 500,000 acres of rainforest in their legally recognized traditional territory in the Brazilian Amazon.
$5,000 to support an advocacy delegation to Iquitos, Peru of elected leaders, elders, youth and women representing the Achuar people of Peru’s Pastaza river basin to request that the Peruvian state annul the Block 64 oil concession for having been created in violation of the Achuar people’s right to prior consultation and to submit paperwork for land title recognition for the entire Achuar ancestral territory, which would help secure the long-term rainforest protection.