We are delighted to share that Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC) and Campaign for Nature (C4N), have received a grant from Bezos Earth Fund to jointly scale up the recognition of tenure rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendant Peoples in the Tropical Andes and Congo Basin.
Under this grant, RRI will work in partnership with the GATC – a coalition of organizations representing Indigenous and local communities across the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Indonesia, Central Africa and Mesoamerica, and C4N – a partnership of the Wyss Campaign for Nature, National Geographic Society, and conservation organizations across the world calling on policymakers to commit to a science-driven, ambitious new deal for nature. Their project, titled the Shandia Alliance for People, Nature and Climate, will scale up locally-led land rights and conservation between 2022 and 2025 to advance global conservation, climate and development goals in the Tropical Andes (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) and the Congo Basin (the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo, and Gabon).
Launched in 2020, the Bezos Earth Fund is a US$10 billion commitment by Jeff Bezos to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and private-sector entities that are taking critical actions to combat the climate crisis, preserve and protect the natural world, and support climate justice.
In a press release issued today by the Bezos Earth Fund, Tuntiak Katan, General Coordinator of the GATC said:
“The GATC thanks the Bezos Earth Fund for daring to support land tenure rights and management, as a clear understanding that Indigenous Peoples are strategic partners to protect at least 30% of the planet for people, biodiversity, and to tackle the climate crisis. We invite the Bezos Earth Fund and other partners to continue working together long-term.”