Indigenous peoples of the Americas have their own vision on water and water related issues. Water is a first-order component of their cosmovision, well beyond a human right. Indigenous peoples have created systems of integrated water management and governance throughout the centuries that still adequately respond to challenges associated with water security. These traditions, in dialogue with indigenous knowledge, inspire the search for innovative technologies and forms of organization for the sustainable provision of water in the continent. Indigenous practices related to hydrosocial cycles and hydropolitics remain largely invisible, likewise connected holistic values including spirituality, regulatory frameworks, hydraulic practices and conflict resolution. This session give visibility on the Forum agenda about the importance of the water cultures of indigenous peoples. The session gives the floor to indigenous leaders of the region to present their visions and cultures on water.
UNESCO IHP (LAC Working Group on Water Education and Cultures)
Miguel de França Doria / Jorge Ellis
UNESCO - Lidia Brito
Asociación ANDES - Alejandro Argumedo
Mapuche - Freya Veintimilla
IMTA / Regional Water Education and Culture Group of the IHP-LAC - Rafael Val Segura