La Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones- Congo, Democratic Republic
Started in 2005 to improve recognition of indigenous pygmies rights in Congolese legislation, La Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones is a network of 43 indigenous peoples organizations from across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The group has lobbied for a legal framework in the DRC that promotes and protects the rights of indigenous peoples. In an ambitious 2014 campaign, the initiative also drafted legislation protecting the rights of indigenous pygmies and organizing a historic, and successful, march of thousands of pygmies through the streets of Kinshasa to demand the law’s adoption.The group aims to reduce poverty in indigenous pygmy communities through the conservation and sustainable use of forests and applied traditional knowledge. Its advocacy work has stopped concessions for over 600,000 square kilometers of forest and has helped maintain a moratorium on the allocation of extractive industry concessions in the rainforest.
Equator Prize 2015
Patrick Saidi Hemedi
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