Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Tyoto

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COORDINATING BODY FOR THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' ORGANIZATIONS OF THE AMAZON BASIN (COICA)


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Two Agendas on Amazon Development

for Bilateral and Multilateral Funders

(This document is addressed to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Agency International Development, and the European Economic Community.)

We, the Indigenous Peoples, have been an integral part of the Amazon Biosphere for millennia. We have used and cared for the resources of that biosphere with a great deal of respect, because it is our home, and because we know that our survival and that of our future generations depends on it. Our accumulated knowledge about the ecology of our home, our models for living with the peculiarities of the Amazon Biosphere, our reverence and respect for the tropical forest and its other inhabitants, both plant and animal, are the keys to guaranteeing the future of the Amazon Basin, not only for our peoples, but also for all of humanity.


What COICA Wants

1. The most effective defense of the Amazonian Biosphere is the recognition and defense of the territories of the region's Indigenous Peoples and the promo-

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Originally published in Cultural Survival Quarterly 13, 4 ( 1989):75-78. Reprinted with permission.

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