Mila Strasse 4
Did you ever feel even a small urge to do something to protect the Amazon rainforest? Or were curios to meet a chief of an indigenous tribe from rainforest?
Join us in giving a big, warm and loving Berlin welcome for the honored guests from Ecuador – Belén Paez and Manari Ushigua – and hearing about the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative. Manari and Belén will share their stories, talk about the events currently unfolding in the area and provide insights how we here in Berlin can support the immensely important work they are doing. Free entrance.
THE PROJECT: The Amazon Sacred Headwaters (https://sacredheadwaters.org) aims to protect 250,000 km2 of the most biodiverse area of Amazon from deforestation as well as the ever-growing influence of the extractive industries – oil drilling and mining – and the destruction they cause to people, natural habitats and the climate. It fights new concessions for the industries, aims to secure the role of the indigenous people as the guardians of the forest and does this in part by integrating innovation and new technologies. The project also develops a new regenerative economic model based on the realities of the Amazon rainforest.
MANARI is the leader of the Sapara people from the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. He served as the President of the Sapara Indigenous Federation from 1999 to 2012 and the Vice President of the National Indigenous Organization of Ecuador from 2013-2016. Furthermore, Manari is a ceremonial leader, healer and an ecotourism entrepreneur. Manari has been a key player along with his sister Gloria Ushigua in stopping the expansion of the oil industries in their territory. Later this year Manari will launch his latest book on symbology, culture and dreams of the Saparas.
BELÉN is the President and Director of Fundación Pachamama – a nonprofit organization to protect the rainforest and advance the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Belen is serving as the secretariat responsible for strategic implementation of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative. Over the last 22 years, Belen’s leadership has contributed to victories for rainforest protection and indigenous land rights in the South Central of Ecuador. Belen has expertise in environmental policy, program implementation, collective rights, and nature’s rights.