International Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact

About us

We are an international working group committed to the protection, defense and promotion of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (PIACI) in the Amazon and the Gran Chaco.  

Retrato de indígenas Yanomami en Vnezuela. Fotografía tomada por la Asociación Wataniba

Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation

Arte de indígenas aislados con fodo de hojas tropicales
arte de indígena con fondo de hojas. Fotografía original: Asociación Wataniba
Arte de retratos de indígenas de Brasil con fondo tropical.

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Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact

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From South America

Arte mujer indígena de paraguay con fondo de bosque quemándose a causa de incendios forestales.

Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact are threatened by several factors. Crucial among them are forest fires, which in 2019 grew in a range from 185% to 700% with Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia being the most affected countries. These peoples are also threatened by the agro-extractive-export development model, which implements extractive and infrastructure projects that endanger their territories.

Our

Goal

We seek to make visible the situation of vulnerability of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact, to strengthen public policies and to undertake actions for the protection and defense of these people’s rights at the local, national, regional and international levels, through indigenous organizations and other allies.

Retrato de indígenas Yanomami de Venezuela.Fotografía: Iniciativa Amotocodie

Our

Group

GTI-PIAC is conformed by 15 indigenous and non government organizations from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Perú and Venezuela, which are committed  to the defense of Indigenous Peoples Living in Isolation and Initial Contact.

Fotografía aérea de Pueblos Indígenas Aislados Envira. Fotografía: Gleison Miranda. Archivo FUNAI.

Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact

Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (PIACI) are threatened by mining, forest fires, deforestation, the continuous advance of extractive projects and infrastructure works, as well as by the little interest of the States to protect them. The forests of the Amazon and the Gran Chaco, which are home of the PIACI, constitute one of the last strongholds of water, air and biodiversity in the world, and are essential for the planet's climate balance. Their destruction poses a risk to all of humanity.

 Regulations

In this section you will find treaties and other international legal instruments that protect Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact.

Fotografía de Pueblos Indígenas Aislados nómadas. Fotografía: Jesús Sosa. Archivo Asociación Wataniba.

Maps and Infographics

See the maps and infographics we have generated with information about Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact located in the Amazon and the Gran Chaco.

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