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Representatives of territories of life from fourteen countries of Latin America met at the 3rd Regional Assembly

La Asamblea Regional se llevó a cabo del 25 al 27 de enero de 2023 en Garabito, Costa Rica. En total fueron 62 los representantes que se reunieron para plantear estrategias relacionadas con los Territorios de Vida en la región

First published on 02/03/2023, and last updated on 04/11/2023

By Consorcio TICCA
Photo credit: Gaspar Garros Marambio/ Costa Humboldt

The 3rd Assembly of the ICCAs Territories of Life Network – Latin America was a space for reuniting and exchanging experiences. After two years of separation due to the pandemic, 62 leaders, specialists, activists, Indigenous defenders of human rights and nature, local communities, and non-governmental organizations from fourteen countries met in Costa Rica. Representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru were present.

Download: Tárcoles Declaration: ICCA Territories of Life Network – Latin America

The ICCA Consortium and the ICCAs Territories of Life Network – Latin America, together with CoopeSoliDar, an organization based in Costa Rica, made a significant effort to gather in the town of Garabito – Costa Rica, representatives of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and NGOs, Members of the ICCA Consortium, who are committed to the recognition and adequate support of territories of life in Latin America and the world.

Between January 25 – 27, 2023, they shared the current situation faced by territories of life, the consolidation of the national networks of territories of life in the region, analyzed the results of the COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the new global framework of biological diversity for 2030, and the advances of the “Working Groups: Document, Defend, Sustain and Communicate,” central positions of the ICCA Consortium, in addition to the global initiatives underway.

Finally, on the last day, working groups discussed and analyzed the situation of women and youth and other issues that demand the attention of those who make up the territories of life. The Assembly ended with the renewal of the leadership of the Latin American ICCA Network and with a Declaration that includes the debates and conclusions of the 3rd Assembly.

The opening of this event included a warm welcome by David Chacón from CoopeSoliDar, the words of Wrays Pérez, outgoing president of the ICCAs Territories of Life Network – Latin America, and other members of the Board. Holly Jonas, Global Coordinator of the ICCA Consortium, attended this meeting and stated:

I am here to learn from each and all of you. The meetings and the assemblies are critical moments to reconnect based on the values, feelings, the information we have for the fight for the territories of life. It is a key moment because we are not only going to review the history of our movement, but also a review of the history of our Mother Earth.

The Latin American network is organized by sub-regions that coordinate the Indigenous Peoples and local communities recognized as territories of life in the fourteen countries represented at this event.

  • Mesoamerica Subregion: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama.
  • Southern Cone Subregion: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay.
  • Amazon Subregion: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.