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Speaker:Galois Flores Pizango (Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW))
The Wampis people have conserved more than one million hectares of our forests and biodiversity, which constitute the thousands of years old legacy of our ancestors. This is why we want to register our territory as 'Territories of Life' with the ICCA to prevent the Peruvian State (mainly through its natural protected areas agency, SERNANP) from continuing to categorize our territories without our consent. The Wampis people have lived freely within our territory in accordance with our social and cultural principles. For us, caring for the forests, the land and the air we breathe has been very important to live in harmony with nature.
Brief bio: My name is Galois Flores Pizango, from the native community of Yama Nunka in the River Santiago district, province of Condorcanqui, department of Amazonas, in the Peruvian Amazon. I am currently the Pamuk Ayatke (vice president) of the Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW). This is the first time that I have assumed a political position.
Welcome and Plenary: Forest Peoples Programme