Central & South America

The Amazon Alliance works to defend the rights, territories and environment of indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon Basin. The Alliance is an initiative born out of the partnership between indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon and groups and individuals who share their concerns for the future of the Amazon and its peoples.

 

Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) works in partnership with indigenous people in conserving biodiversity, health, and culture in tropical America.

 

Amazon International was formed and developed to help preserve Brazilian resources in an environmentally sound manner, benefiting the people of Braziland the world.

 

Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental organizations in theAmazon Basin to defend the environment and advance indigenous peoples' rights in the face of large-scale industrial development-oil and gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects.

 

Amazonia ~ The Coalition for Amazonian Peoples and Their Environment is an initiative born out of the alliance between indigenous peoples and others who share their concerns for the future of the Amazon and its peoples.

The Baca Institute of Ethnobotany is an educational organization dedicated to the preservation, collection, and research of the indigenous environmental knowledge and the cultural diversity of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The Institute’s educational programs are guided by the philosophy that the way to scientific advancement in conservation, botany, medicine, and sustainable agriculture follows an ancient path.

 

The Confederation of the Nationalities Indigenous to the Amazon of Ecuador (CONFEIAE) is an organization with a long history of outstanding achievements in defense of Amazonia and her peoples. CONFEIAE fights for unity, land, justice and liberty reaching out for assistance and solidarity from the many sisters and brothers of other lands. The organizational mandate of COICA is inspired in one fundamental fact: we are part of the peoples that were constituted much before Nation-States, thus, consequently, we have the irrevocable right to self determination, in virtue of which, we define our future and the relationship that we have with nation states.

 

The Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin(COICA) was created at the First Congress realized in the city of Lima, Peru in March of 1984. At present, the coordination integrates nine organizations coming from the 9 countries that share the Amazon basin.

The Indigenous Peoples Partnership Program (IPPP) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and has been established to provide a dedicated instrument for indigenous organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to form partnerships with Canadian aboriginal organizations.

 

The Institute for Science and Indigenous Cultures (ISIC) is a network dedicated to the systematization of indigenous knowledge by means of research, training, and disseminating information as well as revitalizing the individual and collective identity. The ISIC also provides technical assistance to public and private bodies for activities related to indigenous peoples, directing awareness towards overcoming marginalization.

 

Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) is a private institution since established to propose integrated solutions to social and environmental issues. Established in 1994, ISA's main objective is to defend the social good and rights, both collective and diffuse, relating to the environment, cultural heritage, human rights and the peoples.

 

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of indigenous peoples from North, Central, South America and the Pacific working for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of indigenous rights, traditional cultures and sacred lands. The IITC supports grassroots indigenous struggles through information dissemination, networking, coalition building, technical assistance, organizing and facilitating the effective participation of traditional peoples in local, regional, national and international forums, events and gatherings.
 

The Mapuche International Link highlights the current situation of the Mapuche people and to provide information about their culture and history as well as their continuing struggle and aspirations for the future.


The Nawa Institute was established to bring together similarly situated communities throughout the world and, where necessary, to train them and their chosen representatives in different areas of communications. The institute will conduct its training in accordance with the common necessities of the indigenous populations and it will employ methods which respect the diverse forms of traditional tribal organization so that this process of training does not change the customs, structures, values or authority of the respective communities.

 

The Pachamama Alliance works to preserve the Earth’s tropical rainforests by empowering the indigenous people who are its natural custodians and contribute to the creation of a new global vision of equity and sustainability for all.

 

The Rainforest Foundation’s mission is to support indigenous and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights by assisting them. The Foundation undertakes work with grassroots organizations working with local communities.

 

Sarayaku is the official website of the Autonomous Territory of the Original Kichwa Nation of Sarayaku (TAYJA-SARUTA), Ecuador. The purpose is to promote their work with art, music, education, natural resource management, tourism, and community development in general. Because of the current problems with the petrol companies, it also functions as a campaign site for the defense of their territory.

 

Shinai Serjali is a grass-roots non-profit organization working to support the indigenous peoples in the rainforest of South East Peru who are dealing with the rapid social and environmental changes associated with their first direct interactions with national society. Their aim is to ensure that these peoples have the space and security to negotiate these changes in their own time and on their own terms. Through capacity building they help them to make informed and independent decisions about their future without undermining the opportunity of future generations to retain the values, language and environment of their people.

 

The Sierra Madre Alliance (SMA) works in Northern Mexico'sSierra Madre Occidental providing financial support, technical assistance, educational services, and international representation to indigenous people of this region. Their goal is to protect the natural resources and traditional cultures of the region, thus improving the quality of life for the inhabitants, and work to create locally declared protected areas planned through participatory processes.