The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), the Black Communities Process (PCN), and the Observatory of Ethnic and Peasant Territories (OTEC of the Javeriana University in Colombia) hosted the virtual launch of a new study titled, Mapping the Presence, Lands, and Territories of Afro-Descendant Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This study makes a geospatial categorization of the territorial presence of Afro-Descendant Peoples in 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the status of recognition of their territorial rights, and shows the overlap with areas of importance for global climate change mitigation and conservation efforts.
The cartographic analysis is an advocacy tool to position Afro-descendant Peoples as a critical actor in climate and biodiversity spaces, including at CoP27 in Egypt and CoP15 in Canada. The virtual launch included remarks from RRI, PCN, OTEC, and Afro-descendant leaders from across the region.
The event was held on Wednesday, October 26th via Zoom webinar.