Launched at the CI Board of Directors Meeting in November of 2009, the purpose of the Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG) is threefold:
- To build upon and strengthen existing collaborations between indigenous peoples and NGOs on REDD+ at the local, national and global scales.
- Bring direct advice and feedback from indigenous experts into the climate change strategies of conservation and development NGOs, including Conservation International.
- Promote understanding of the needs, priorities, concerns and programs of indigenous peoples related to REDD+.
About the IAG members
Ramiro Batzin is a Maya Kaqchikel from Guatemala, and is the director of Sotz’il, an indigenous organization that focuses on environmental issues from the indigenous perspective. He also participated in the creation of the climate change roundtable with the Guatemalan government.
Paulo Celso de Oliveira-Pankaru is a Pankararu from Brazil, and is one of the first indigenous lawyers in Brazil. He is an ombudsman with FUNAI, the national indigenous agency within Brazil.
David James is an Arawak from Guyana, and is the first indigenous lawyer in Guyana. In addition to being an advocate for indigenous rights in Guyana, he has participated on the national delegation at UNFCCC meetings and is a member of the Indigenous Peoples Commission of Guyana.
Kanyinke Sena is an Ogiek from Kenya, and is an indigenous lawyer and a panel member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, representing Africa. He has also participated in the development of REDD+ standards for the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) and serves on the expert panel of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
Mina Susana Setra is a Dayak from Indonesia, and is the director of international relations at AMAN, the indigenous peoples alliance network of Indonesia.
Rogeliano Solis is a Guna from Panama, and is a biologist and a science teacher. He is the former secretary of the Guna Congress, and he participated in the review of Panama's REDD+ proposal to the World Bank.
Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
As part of their ongoing collaboration with CI, the members of the Indigenous Advisory Group have created a set of case studies examining Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and its implementation within their own countries. Explore the case studies »