WIN Celebrates Earth Day and Paris Agreement Signing

On April 22, 2016, we celebrate Earth Day with the historic signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nations. More than 170 countries have signed on to the agreement, in which countries agree to keep temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100.

Friend of WIN, member of the global steering committee for the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC), and Coordinator of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, gave remarks at the signature ceremony as the Civil Society Representative. Watch her full statement here.

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Voices from our Equator Prize winners

Representatives from Equator Prize winning communities who participated in the Community-to-Community Exchange and Capacity Development Workshop for Traditional Knowledge Holders held in Bangalore, India in September /October 2015 share their thoughts on their work, access and benefit sharing (ABS), and the value of knowledge exchanges. The speakers in order of appearance are:

  1. Mr. Anoop P.K. Kerala Kani Community Welfare Trust , India, Equator Prize 2002 winner
  2. Mr. Koku Paul Koto from Village Development Committee of Ando Kpomey, Togo, Equator Prize 2012 winner
  3. Ms. Nomsa Mabila, Shewula Trust, Swaziland, Equator Prize 2014 for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

WIN honors the legacy of indigenous rights activist, Berta Cáceres

Berta Caceres at the banks of the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region.

Berta Caceres at the banks of the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region. Source: The Goldman Environmental Prize

The Equator Initiative and its network WIN honor the great legacy of Berta Cáceres’ exemplary activism for the benefit of her people and indigenous peoples and local communities around the world. She is an inspiration to all.

Berta Cáceres was a human rights, indigenous rights, and environmental activist and co-founder of the council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, COPINH. She was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to defend the Gualcarque River from the Agua Zarca Dam. She was murdered in Honduras on 3 March 2016.

We join the world in mourning her loss and reaffirm our commitment to supporting the causes she committed her life to.