Third World Water Forum: Indigenous Peoples' Contribution

Kyoto, Japan 16 - 23 March 2003

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.

See the related publication on 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

 

 

Water and Cultural Diversity

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

 

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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