Today the Press Conference was held to present the programming and issues to be addressed at the VIII Panamazonic Social Forum (FOSPA) that will be held from April 26 to May 1 of this year at the facilities of the National University of San Martín in the city of Tarapoto. Specialists from the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA) will present papers at the Meeting of Researchers and will share their experiences in spaces for dialogue and debate.
Ismael Vega, researcher at the Amazon Center for Anthropology and Practical Application (CAAAP), indicated that one of the main objectives of the VIII FOSPA is to strengthen the articulation of resistance processes against the threats of the Amazon, to generate incidence in the States of the 9 countries that make up the Andean Pan-Amazon with respect to the current development model that puts life at risk, as well as proposing an alternative development model based on the rights of the Andean and Amazonian peoples, and that is another way of understanding development.
Rómulo Torres, representative of Forum Solidaridad Peru, pointed out that the VIII FOSPA seeks to respond to the call of the forest, which is currently degraded and contaminated by the prevailing deforestation due to the development of extractive economic activities. He emphasized that FOSPA is an international event and that representatives from countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guyana will participate.
For her part, Denisse Chávez, representative of the Grupo Impulsor de Mujeres y Cambio Climático, mentioned that they will make visible the existing problems in relation to women defenders of human rights, socio-environmental cases and sexual and reproductive rights. They propose the creation of an ethical and political court, made up of judges from different countries, to deal with cases of violation of women's rights, in environmental and human rights aspects.
Ketty Marcelo, representative of the National Organization of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Women of Peru - ONAMIAP, highlighted the importance of making the legal security of communal territories visible as a priority issue, as she asserted that there are laws that stimulate investment and affect the territories of native populance.
In this edition of the VIII FOSPA, a space for dialogue and debate aimed at young people will be presented for the first time in the city of Lamas in Tarapoto. Thus, María del Carmen Flores and Abraham Calderón, members of the FOSPA Youth Committee, pointed out the importance of respect for ecological rights for children, adolescents and young people of future generations.
The VIII FOSPA program involves the Meeting of Researchers to be held on April 26 and 27. In the latter, 4 CEDIA specialists will participate: Antrop. Lelis Rivera, Executive Director of CEDIA, in “Table 2: State Policies: consequences for the Amazon”; Mg. Dani Rivera -Director of Projects and Monitoring-, Mg. Luis Trevejo -North Regional Director- and the Anthrop. David Rivera -In charge of Capacity Building- in “Table 4: Concrete alternatives for the preservation of the territory and the forest”.
Subsequently, from April 28 to May 1, 9 spaces for dialogue and debate will be developed taking into account two central axes: Territoriality and Care of the assets of nature. These will have the participation of representatives of CEDIA, as well as other national and international organizations and social movements, the spaces are the following: Pan-Amazonian-Andean women, Climate Change and Amazon, Sovereignty and food security, megaprojects and extractivism, intercultural community education , Andean Pan-Amazonian youth, cities to live in the Andean-Pan-Amazon, cultural identity and globalization in the Andean-Pan-Amazon and Pan-Amazon Communication for life.
Download the Program of the Meeting of Researchers here.
To learn more about the program of activities, visit the website of the VIII Panamazonic Social Forum here.