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A forest for life

A forest for life from ALBASUD on Vimeo.

TeamDirector and storyline: Ernest Cañada; Filming and editing: Riders Mejía; Field production: Franklin Mezúa (COONAPIP); Executive production: Susan Kandel & Nelson Cuéllar (PRISMA Foundation); Collaboration: Betanio Chiquidama, William Barrigón, Cándido Mezúa, Rubén Pasos, Óscar Díaz, Marvin Sotelo; Emberá translation: Neila Banuvio; English translation: Susan Kandel & Andrew Davis; Music: Miguel Flaco.
ProgramNatural Resources
Duration10 minutes
LanguageSpanish, English
ProductionAn ALBA SUD production for the Emberá Wounaan General Congress, the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and the PRISMA Foundation with financial support from Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).


The video illustrates the progress and achievements of indigenous forest management through interviews with community leaders. Despite this progress, however, these Indigenous Peoples face a series of challenges in consolidating the sustainable management of their resources, including external pressures that threaten their territories, as well as regulatory and logistical obstacles. The experience demonstrates the capacity and potential for Indigenous Peoples as central actors in sustainable forest management and development based on their own cosmovision.



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