Speakers for 'Indigenous Knowledge and Science: From Recognition to Knowledge Co-production'

At the session Indigenous Knowledge and Science: From Recognition to Knowledge Co-production, Climate Frontlines is pleased to present a panel of indigenous experts who have worked on issues related to the Rio conventions both at the grassroots and international levels. Our panellists are:

Well-known indigenous activist and analyst Joji Cariño has over thirty years of experience advocating indigenous peoples’ rights, from her work dam projects in the Philippines to global environmental forums. She is the European Desk Coordinator of Tebtebba Foundation, was a former Commissioner with the World Commission on Dams and is Coordinator of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity’s Working Group on Indicators.

Co-chair Manuela Carneiro da Cunha is an anthropologist who has worked and published on indigenous rights and on traditional knowledge in an Amazonian context. As the then president of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology, she was an influential voice on the issue of indigenous rights in the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. She was a full professor at the University of São Paulo and then at the University of Chicago. She is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Third World Academy of Sciences. She is currently teaching a course at the Collège de France, in Paris, advocating new forms of collaboration and exchange with Traditional Knowledge.

Myrna Cunningham Kain is a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, having chaired it from 2011-2012. In 2010, she and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She chairs the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Indigenous Itinerant University, Program of Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights associated with the Latin American Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. She is a Board member of the International Global Fund for Women, and an Advisor to the Alliance of Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America. Dr Cunningham was the first Miskitu woman to earn the title of surgeon and, as a leader in the peace negotiations in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (NAAR) of Nicaragua, she fought for the creation of the Statute of Autonomy in the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean. She was the first Miskitu woman governor of the NAAR and coordinator for the Continental Campaign of Indigenous and Black Peoples Resistance. She was the founder and first rector of the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN).

Jaqueline Evangelista Dias is an activist working for the social and political recognition of traditional medicine in Brazil. Co-founder of Articulação Pacari, a social network of community organizations practicing traditional medicine in Cerrado, Brazil, Jaqueline has worked towards the production of phytocosmetics Jaqueline also represents civil society and the Cerrado as a member of the National Committee for Medicinal Plants and Herbs.

Roberto Marín Noreña is an indigenous leader who represents the voice of over 2,500 Indians belonging to 6 different ethnic groups, ancient inhabitants of the Yurupari territory in Pira Parana River Basin, Colombian Amazon. Since 1994 and the establishment of Asociación de Capitanes y Autoridades Tradicionales Indigenas del Pira Parana (ACAIPI), he works to promote the active participation of communities in the design and implementation of intercultural strategies, based on traditional knowledge to improve their living conditions and ensure the environmental and cultural preservation of their territory.

Co-chair Douglas Nakashima is Chief of the Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section (Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO) and serves as the Organization’s focal point on indigenous issues. He heads UNESCO’s programme on “Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems” (LINKS) that addresses the role of indigenous knowledge in biodiversity management, climate change assessment and adaptation, as well as knowledge transmission in indigenous communities. Dr. Nakashima has worked in the indigenous knowledge field for over 30 years, with an initial research focus on the knowledge, practice and worldviews of Canadian Inuit with respect to their arctic environment, as well as work with Cree First Nations in subarctic James Bay (Canada) on indigenous knowledge and environmental and social impact assessment.

Jen Rubis is a Dayak from Sarawak, Malaysia. In her capacity as climate change focal point for the Indigenous Peoples’ Network of Malaysia (JOAS), she has been actively involved in global climate change negotiations and is a member of the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards’ international steering committee. She currently works in UNESCO, coordinating Climate Frontlines, a project on indigenous knowledge and climate change.

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