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    Third World Water Forum
    Kyoto, Japan 16 - 23 March 2003    

    Indigenous Peoples' Contribution
    The multifaceted relationships of indigenous peoples with their worldviews, rituals, knowledge and know-how, management and systems of tenure - are expressions of the world's cultural diversity. The session will be divided into two parts, focusing first upon water in indigenous spirituality and worldview, and subsequently upon indigenous water management and water rights. It will consider the extent to which indigenous representations, knowledge and practice are given due consideration in water policy development, and present alternatives for a more effective integration of indigenous peoples into decision-making processes that directly impact upon their economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being. << Back

     

    The San: Sustainable Development before its time, by Nigel Crawhall, which is an excerpt from the following publication coming out soon in English: Water and indigenous populations.

    Coeditors: Rutgerd Boelens Coordination, WALIR (Water Law and Indigenous Rights Progreamme) Wageningen University, Netherlands
    Moe Chiba and Douglas Nakashima UNESCO-LINKS (Local Indigenous Knowledge System) UNESCO Publications.

     

    Session Report
    Thematic Statement to the Ministerial Conference
    Results & Mandates for Action

     

    Indigenous Peoples’ Contribution on the Occasion of the 3rd World Water Forum
    16-17 March 2003

    Water and Cultural Diversity
    [The following summaries and speaker profiles are from the programme & abstracts (.doc)]

    OPENING PLENARY

    Speech on behalf of Indigenous Groups
    Evo MORALES
    Representative of Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (Bolivia)

    Traditional Knowledge Keeper
    Jeannette ARMSTRONG
    Executive Director of the En’owkin International School of Writing and Arts (Canada, Okanagan/Syilix Nation)

    An Indigenous Maori Perspective on Water
    Roimata MINHINNICK
    (New Zealand)

     

    INDIGENOUS WORLD VIEWS AND SPIRITUALITY

    What is Ainu Association?
    Masanori TOYOOKA
    Ainu Association (Japan)

    Traditional Water Management Systems of the Kankanaeys of Besao (Northern Philippines)
    Eleanor BANG-OA
    Tebtebba Foundation (Philippines)

    Te Au O Tonga
    Te-Tika Mataiapo Dorice REID
    Koutu-Nui of the Cook Islands (Cook Island)

    Water and Kooma Peoples
    Jim WHARTON
    Kooma (Australia)

    A living relationship of the Meitei with Water
    Roy LAIFUNGBAM
    (India)

    Thinking Critically about Maps, Water, Justice and Equity in Indigenous Communities
    Jim ENOTE
    Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative (USA)

    The Indigenous Declaration on Water
    Tom GOLDTOOTH
    Indigenous Environmental Network (USA)

    Discussion led by Esther CAMAC, Association Ixacavaa of Development and Indigenous Information of Costa Rica (Costa Rica) and David GROENFELDT, Center for Respect of Life and Environment (USA)

     

    INDIGENOUS WATER VISION AND RIGHTS:
    A NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR BETTER WATER MANAGEMENT

    The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador
    Leonidas IZA
    The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities in Ecuador (Ecuador)

    From Porto Alegre to Kyoto: Alternatives from the Indigenous and Cultural Diversity Perspective
    Pablo SOLON
    Solon Foundation (Bolivia)

    Water Laws, Water Policy and Indigenous Water Rights: The WALIR Programme
    Rocio BUSTAMANTE
    WALIR Project (Bolivia)

    The Struggle for Indigenous Water Rights and the Cultural Politics of Participation
    Rutgerd BOELENS, Wageningen University (Netherlands) with
    Paulina PALACIO, The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities in Ecuador (Ecuador)

    Overview of an Innovative Hydraulic Organization to Serve a Group of Semi-Nomadic Pastoral Tuaregs of the Mountains of The Northern Niger, whose Mode of Life has been Damaged by the Years of Draught
    Issyad AG KATO

    Tuareg Community (Niger)

    Indigenous Water Management and Water Right
    Tshepo KHUMBANE
    Water for Food Movement (South Africa)

    The Guardians of Trees and Water--NOJ: E CHAJINEL RECH LE CHE’ RUK LE JA
    Santos Augusto NORATO
    Totonicapán Indigenous Major’s Office (Guatemala)

     

     

    WRAP-UP PLENARY

    Session Report
    Pre-forum Sessions of indigenous people’s
    Joji CARINO and Miguel SOLANES convenors

    Indigenous World Views and Spirituality
    David GROENFELDT

    Indigenous Water Visions and Right
    Alberto SALDAMANDO


     


     



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