Indigenous Peoples come from the land and have been given our life through the land. We do not relate to the land that we came from as property, we relate to the land as our Mother. That the land is our Mother cannot be denied, just as it cannot be denied that our human mother is our mother. In this respect, we as Indigenous People, have responsibilities to honor and nurture our Earth to ensure that she can continue to give us life. Our role and responsibility is to protect our Mother Earth from destruction and abusive treatment, just as we would defend our human mother. In carrying out this responsibility since time immemorial, we have become a central component of the biodiversity of the Earth.
CONCERNS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ON ARTICLE 8J) AND RELATED ARTICLES
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ELEMENTS FOR THE FORMULATION OF A WORK PROGRAM
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FORMATION OF AN OPEN ENDED WORKING GROUP ON ARTICLE 8J) AND RELATED ARTICLES IN THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (CBD)
The representative of the Indigenous Peoples have gathered at the Second International Indigenous Forum of Biodiversity in preparation for the realization of the intersessional workshop mandated by resolution III/14 COP III/Buenos Aires, which recommends the need to examine the establishment of open-ended Intersessional Working Group to provide guidance on issues related to knowledge, innovations and practices of the Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
The Indigenous Peoples strongly believes that a constructive, equal (paritary), dialogue between the stakeholders, the Indigenous Peoples and Governments is the appropriate the way to respect our rights and fundamental freedoms.
We, the Indigenous Peoples, are guided by the principles of procuring peace, harmony, development and ecological equilibrium through the respect of our fundamental freedom and rights, recognized in various international instruments, which have not been fulfilled because of historical circumstances.
Our millenarian cultures are based on biodiversity. They constitute an essential principle for the preservation of our ways of life and for the securing of and future generations of our Peoples.
The Working Group should be comprised of equal numbers of representatives of Indigenous Peoples and governments embracing the continents.
The open-ended Working Group will be subject to the compliance of the activities stipulated in the Mandate.
Considering that recommendations III/5 of COPIII urged "the GEF, along with Governments, regional economic integration organizations, and competent international, regional and national organizations, to support human and institutional capacity building programs for governments, non-governmental organizations and local and Indigenous communities, as appropriate, to promote the successful development and implementation of legislative, administrative and policy measures and guidance on access to genetic resources, including scientific, technical, business, legal and management skills and capacities".
We therefore recommended that the funds for the Working Group be provided by: