Edwin Vásquez Campos

General Coordinator, COICA

zoomEdwin Vásquez CamposEdwin Vásquez CamposLeader and administrator of the Huitoto indigenous community in the Loreto region, Putumayo, Republic of Peru. He has dedicated his life to indigenous leadership by defending, promoting and enforcing the rights of indigenous peoples.

At a very young age, he began his leadership as President of the Federación de Comunidades Nativas de la Frontera – Putumayo , Peru during the years 1993 – 1994, and later went on to hold the positions of Spokesperson and Vice-President in the Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP) from 1994 to 2002.

As a result of his leadership skills in representation of the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, following this experience in organizing work he was appointed leader of the Territories and Natural Resources Department during the years 1998 – 2005. In this role he was also appointed Committee Member of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (Chiang Mai – Thailand) and, at the same time, Vice-President of the Climate Alliance: European Cities – Indigenous Amazonian Peoples.

Despite this leadership work on an international scale, he has never abandoned his relationship with grassroots indigenous communities. This is why from 2005 to 2011 he was appointed president of the Organización Regional de Pueblos Indígenas del Oriente (ORPIO), Loreto.

He is currently the reelected General Coordinator of the Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA) for the period 2013 – 2017. He was elected at the 9th congress of said organization, which took place in the city of Villavicencio – Colombia in December 2013.

As the head of this international organization, in relation with international entities in the intergovernmental realm of the United Nations System as well as with national governments and non-governmental entities, he carries out a series of responsibilities associated with matters of the environment, climate change, sustainable development and human rights, so as to establish and implement public policy for conserving the Amazon basin and the rights of the indigenous peoples in this region.

Tropical forests in trouble: How can certification be a tool to maintain key tropical forest ecosystems?
Tuesday 9 September, 11:00 - 12:30

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