Accelarating Inclusion and Mitigating Emissions (AIME)
September 2016


The end of the summer has brought many new beginnings. The Indigenous Governance Training program is ready to be launched in close coordination with community leaders. An innovative contest will give support to one organization to begin a new phase and become an example for the region. We also discuss how a tool for climate adaptation for indigenous communities will be implemented. Through the events that have been organized, we are reaching a new milestone in the AIME program where we see the fruits of our consolidated efforts.

Roberto "Beto" Borges

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Indigenous Governance Training Program.

The AIME consortium has identified the formulation and implementation of an indigenous territorial governance-training program as one of its key goals. Two design workshops were held, where thematic, financial, operative and pedagogic matters were discussed, and now the training program is ready to begin.

The program will be implemented in the Amazonian regions of the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and in Chiapas (Mexico). Indigenous organizations, academic entities and educational NGOs will be in charge of the program implementation in each territory.

“We believe that with this focal approach, there could be a deeper transformative impact…” said Maria Fernanda Jaramillo, an advisor to the program.

It is expected that at the end of the training process delegates of each community are actively identifying problems affecting their territory as well as designing creative solutions and projects in the short, medium and long term.

The training process is structured under ten major themes: Legal Framework / Rights; Territory and Globalization; Development and Buen Vivir; Territorial Government and Community; Gender and Generations; Life Plans and other instruments of territorial management; Administrative and Financial Management; Indigenous Economy; Public Policy and Governance; and Climate Change.

As Jaramillo describes it: “The dream is that other territories, communities and organizations find this program contagious, maintaining a community approach, which is the most needed; and maybe this training could be an inspiration for others…”.

Canopy Bridge Contest

We have a winner of the contest “Economy and Forest: Strengthening Indigenous Communities and Sustainable Producers in Latin America” organized by Forest Trends and Canopy Bridge. 

The contest aimed to discover and recognize sustainable efforts to promote local indigenous economies, regardless of approach, discipline, technique or sector. The goal was to reward projects that are conserving forests, while improving the wellbeing of the involved communities.

From 37 applications, seven judges from Canopy Bridge, Forest Trends, EDF and Ecotore Brazil chose 8 finalists and they elected  ECA-Amarakaeri as the winner.

ECA Amarakaeri will receive $5,000 USD in the form of forest management technical expertise to assess Brazil nut harvest potential growth, while increasing the benefits of the productive activity for indigenous communities. ECA Amarakaeri manages the 400,000-hectare Amarakaeri Comunal Reserve, home to the Harakbut, Yine and Machiguenga indigenous peoples. The production of Brazil nut provides an alternative to illegal logging, mining and other activities that threaten the Amazons. The contest proves that there is a growing number of initiatives to promote economic alternatives for local forest communities, and they are happening all throughout Latin America. 

System of Observing and Monitoring of the Indigenous Amazon (SOMAI)– Indigenous Climate Adaptation Tool

Video: GMMP

Last July, SOMAI was one of the winners of the 2016 Google Social Impact Challenge Award, which includes financial support to continue and/or expand the program. SOMAI provides data about climate change threats within indigenous territories. IPAM which launched the program, worked with community leaders to create a platform that will help communities to better manage their lands in order to prepare for climate change.

IPAM is in conversations with representatives from the target regions Maranhão, Mato Grosso and Roraima, to organize workshops and training courses for the creation of a smart phone app that will send climate change alerts for indigenous reserves. 


In addition to AIME, some of the funding is also coming from the TIDES Foundation and activities will be reported to Ponte a Ponte a Brazilian NGO that will monitor the project. The platform will be re-launched at the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion during COP22 Marrakech 2016.



Recent Events

Cultural mediators workshop in Tupi-Monde corridor

From July 11-16 in Jiapara, Rondônia the Cultural Mediators training workshop took place with the participation of 36 indigenous teachers from 8 different communities from the Tupi-Monde ethno-environmental corridor.

This training targets indigenous teachers, so that topics such as climate change and forests can be discussed in schools in a pedagogic manner. One of the main objectives of the training is to have teachers design customized teaching material.

This information will enhance indigenous governance, so that communities can make well informed decisions.  

Gender Workshop

In April, 20 people form 12 organizations gathered to participate in the Gender, Governance and Climate Change workshop organized by FT and PNS and led by Dr. Susan Paulson. The aim is to build concepts that influence territorial governance, then analyze case studies and participant’s experiences--reflecting on opportunities and challenges. 

In her report Dr. Paulson also highlighted that AIME´s immediate challenge is to take on the exciting new ideas from the workshop and to develop a gender and generational approach that would strengthen its main objective: accompany indigenous territories in Latin America in their efforts to save their forests and mitigate emissions from deforestation.

Governors Climate and Task Force (GCF) meeting in Jalisco

This year’s GCF Annual Meeting was hosted by the GCF Chair in Jalisco. On the first day, a side-event organized by Forest Trends, PRISMA and Earth Innovation institute (EII) called “Collaborating with Indigenous and Traditional Communities”, gathered a diverse group of panelists, including indigenous and community organizations such as AMPB, AMAN, REPALEF and GFC delegates.

The EII and partners in the Sustainable Tropics Alliance and AIME FBL Consortium launched a new report in a side event during the meeting.

The report details the need for further inclusion of indigenous peoples and traditional communities in forest conservation programs, focusing on the potential to deliver better services and other benefits to forest communities and incentivize their efforts to protect regional forests through REDD+ and low emission rural development, highlighting tropical areas such as Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Mesoamerica and Indonesia.

Indigenous Economy Workshop

This workshop was organized by Forest Trends and EcoDecision and took place in Puerto Ahuan (Napo, Ecuador) during September 5-8, 2016.The objective was to establish an AIME think-tank group to identify ways to strengthen the economy of Indigenous peoples and their territories and ensure that linkages to the market are achieved in a beneficial and equitable manner taking into consideration community experiences.

This is a follow up to the first workshop held in Bogota, Colombia on June 2015. This year’s workshop was divided in two main subjects: Reciprocity, Economy and Market Articulation.

AIME Annual Meeting 

FBL Consortium had their 4th annual planning meeting in Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil from 5th-7th of July. Consortium members assessed their accomplishments in the last 2.5 years and defined more clearly what can be achieved in the remaining two years. They finalized work plans and strategies for AIME’s seven selected jurisdictions (Acre, Rondônia, and Mato Grosso in Brazil; Colombian Amazon; Peruvian Amazon; Chiapas in Mexico; and Gracias a Dios in Honduras) on how AIME can promote greater inclusion of indigenous people’s rights and benefit sharing in climate funding in these regions.

AIME partners will continue to work more closely with subnational governments to promote the rights of traditional forest communities and benefit-sharing mechanisms. Such a commitment was reaffirmed with the participation of the Vice Governor of Rondônia Daniel Pereira and the adviser for the Secretary of State of Environmental Development (SEDAM) Eliezer de Oliveira in this year’s AIME annual meeting. SEDAM and AIME are working together in the development of the Climate Governance, Ecosystem Production Management and REDD + program for Rondônia.



Upcoming Events

Cultural Mediators and Origin Myths Contest, October, Caquetá, Colombia

As an effort to strengthen intercultural, bilingual and educational relations, Forest Trends and OPIAC are launching a training program to form cultural mediators in the Yachaicury communities in Caquetá, Colombia. Likewise, the Origin Myths contest aims to motivate the oral tradition of indigenous people in the area by inviting teachers, mentors?? and other members of the educational community to gather stories, chants and advice in short texts regarding climate change and their lands.

Publications and Articles

Peru Approves New Innovative Environmental Policies

El primer cheque de US$6 millones para proteger la Amazonia colombiana

PNUD pone en marcha plan para mejorar condiciones de campesinos que protegen ecosistemas

Como un gobernador brasileño espera replicar “Municipios Verdes” a lo largo de la Amazonía

Third piece of the Green municipalities series, describes how the GM program became a State initiative in Para given the outstanding results in Paragominas, and the willingness of different stakeholders to make it work.

Movilizando un mercado para la vulnerabilidad del cambio climático

Describes how the Vulnerability Reduction Credits are helping to avoid climate change in specific third-world countries and the potential and risks if it´s implemented in projects around the world.

Con una nueva estrategia forestal, el Banco Mundial busca acción sobre experimentación

Explains how the WB plans are changing when it comes to support the forest projects in developing countries and the expected results from them, highlighting support for sustainable forests activities, certifications, and landscape approach.

13 miles de millones de razones por las que este Día de la Tierra es diferente.

Explains the implications and potential changes of the Paris agreement that was signed that day at New York City.

En Chiapas, REDD+ jurisdiccional necesita claridad - no confusión

Fourth piece of a series of articles that examines the roll of indigenous and traditional communities in REDD+ development. In this edition, talks about Chiapas, California and the challenges for emission reduction initiatives.

La acreditación del Fondo Verde para el Clima manda señales positivas para soluciones basadas en la naturaleza.

Explains the implications for nature of the Climate Green Fund listing the IUCN as an organization with the authority to implement climate projects.

El sector de la soya extiende su moratoria en la soya amazónica ¿podrán expandirla?

Describes how the soy moratorium renewal in the Amazonia could impact more than the Amazonia and more than just soy.

Los Mercados Voluntarios de Carbono muestran crecimiento estable mientras París replantea la acción climática

 Article introducing the most recent State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report by Ecosystem Marketplace.

Bonn abre camino rumbo a la integración, implementación y acción en Bonn

 Describes the perspective from world leaders after the talks in Paris and the next talks in Morocco.

Emisiones reducidas, vidas salvadas: nuevas métricas para nuevas normas

 Describes the implications of Paris UN agreements in several aspects: climate protection, poverty, biodiversity, gender, etc.

Un cuento de hamburguesas y bollos: cientos de compañías dicen estar rediciendo la deforestación, pero solo 35% de ellos tienen como comprobarlo

A Tale of Burgers and Buns: Taking a Bite out of Deforestation

Introduces the most recent Supply Change report and they challenge to create a reliable database since a small percentage of the companies are accountable in their progress.

Herramienta indígena de adaptación climática quizá se vuelva App

The SOMAI platform helps indigenous communities to understand the climate change impacts in their territories, and now they were recognized with an award the platform could include more features.

Como un solo tweet unió a un chef panameño y a una comunidad forestal

Explains how a chef from Panamá got involved with indigenous communities searching new and sustainable products to introduce them to a cosmopolitan cuisine. 

Lento avance en la construcción del Acuerdo de reglas de París

Describes the implications of international talks on REDD+, the transparency and markets.










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