Fwd: En;GX,Invitation to Biodiversity in Chiapas delegation,Aug 23
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>Subject: Invitation to join Global Exchange's 'State of Biodiversity in
> Mexico' Delegation
>From: Ted Lewis <tedlewis@...>
>To: Alert <mexico-news@...>
>The State of Biodiversity in Mexico
>Educational Delegation to Chiapas, Mexico
>We want to invite you to join a Global Exchange delegation to learn about
>the new threats to indigenous communities in Chiapas. Global corporations
>are eager to exploit the biodiversity and traditional knowledge of the
>indigenous people and local communities of Chiapas. We will explore these
>threats and learn what civil society organizations and indigenous
>communities are doing to defend their resources and create economic
>For five centuries the indigenous populations of Southeast Mexico have been
>victims of cultural and economic oppression and marginalization. In recent
>decades internal displacement, low-intensity warfare and environmental
>degradation have accelerated in the wake of Mexico joining the North
>Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. Calling the treaty a death
>sentence for indigenous people in Chiapas, the Zapatista Army of National
>Liberation rose up to demand political, economic and social changes for all
>Mexicans. The rebellion led to twelve days of fighting and then years of
>armed truce and broken promises by three Mexican presidents.
>During the last seven years the indigenous communities have suffered the
>consequences of conflict and militarization. Now, even while the conflict
>continues, Chiapas has become a target for multinational corporations
>seeking to capitalize on the traditional knowledge of the indigenous
>and pristine biological resources. Mexico is listed in the top 5 of
>�mega-diverse� countries, meaning there is exceptional cultural and
>biological diversity found throughout. The state of Chiapas is one of the
>most biologically varied places on earth. The Lacandon jungle covers the
>east portion of the state and is second only to the Amazon River Basin in
>number and diversity of flora and fauna species.
>The delegation: The delegation will offer participants contact with
>grassroots organizations and communities directly affected by this new
>threat to their environment and traditional knowledge. To begin, our
>on-the-ground staff will give an extensive orientation and background
>information session to initiate those less familiar with the topic. Then
>meetings will be organized with several local organizations which focus on
>supporting communities develop alternatives to the economic and human
>crisis in the region such as CIEPAC (the Center for Economic Research and
>Popular Political Action in Chiapas, OMIECH (Organization of Traditional
>Indigenous Healers of Chiapas), Enlace Civil, Desmi (Organization for the
>Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans), local coffee
>cooperatives, and international and national specialists working in the
>The speakers will cover biopiracy, genetically modified organisms, the Plan
>Puebla Panama, biological warfare, plantations, deforestation,
>mega-projects, coffee, Free Trade Agreements, indigenous rights and the San
>Andre's Accords, Intellectual Property Rights, land reform and World Bank
>projects effecting the area such as the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
>We will visit several communities outside San Cristo'bal de las Casas
>(according to possibility) for overnight trips:
>The Northern Zone, where the Grupo Pulsar is responsible for large
>eucalyptus and African Palm plantations.
>The eastern community of Taniperlas, close to Montes Azules and the world
>famous Grupo Pulsar/SEMARNAT/Conservation International Bioresearch
>to hear the community�s perspective of the site.
>The community of Cancuc, which is a key spot for community resistance
>against biopiracy, hydro dams and highways.
>The region of Marques de Comillas, where PEMEX has established several
>for petroleum drilling and illegal trafficking of endangered species is
>We will also attempt to meet with representatives of the state level
>coalition government and the Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment
>Trip participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the
>discussions, sharing their knowledge on the issues and translation will be
>provided at all meetings for members of the delegation (as required).
>Global Exchange has maintained a presence in Chiapas at the request of
>indigenous communities and human rights organizations since 1995. During
>that time we have led over 35 educational, fact-finding and election
>delegations in Mexico.
>Dates: 2-9 December 2001
>The delegation will begin from our office in San Cristo'bal de Las Casas on
>December 2, 2001. We will arrange transportation from Tuxtla to San
>Cristo'bal. Return flights/buses should be booked to leave San Cristo'bal
>Tuxtla on the afternoon of December 9.
>Cost for the delegation includes all transportation from Tuxtla Gutierrez,
>accommodation, meals, facilitation of meetings, translation, and reading
>material in advance.
>Please fill out the application below and send it in with a deposit of
>$150.00 (payable to Global Exchange Mexico Program). Upon acceptance, the
>balance will be payable by November 9, 2001. Please note we will have to
>confirm a minimum of 7 people before October 15 and deposits will be non
>refundable after this. We will accept a maximum of 15 participants.
>If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Carleen by
>calling (415) 255 7296 ext. 239 or emailing carleen@.... We
>hope you can join and look forward to hearing from you.
>Ted Lewis Carleen Pickard Ryan Zinn
>Human Rights Director Mexico Program Coordinator Mexico Program, Chiapas
>Please send a letter (Global Exchange Mexico Program, 2017 Mission St. San
>Francisco, CA, USA, 94110) or email (mexico@...) responding
>to the following:
>Best time to contact:
>At what level do you consider your speaking/written/understanding level of
>Spanish (if any)?
>Why do you want to go on this delegation?
>Please state the ways in which your work or studies relate to the issues or
>themes pertaining to this delegation.
>What do you expect to gain from this delegation?
>How will you share your learning experience when you return home?
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