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Belen Paez

Belén Páez is President of Fundación Pachamama, which supports the permanent protection of the Amazon basins and Indigenous territories in the face of accelerated destruction caused by extractive industries. It contributes to the “Sumak Kawsay” (“Well-Being”) of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon by promoting alternative models that strengthen climate justice and the self-determination of Indigenous peoples. Belén is a specialist in climate change with 25 years’ experience implementing conservation programmes. She also serves as general secretary of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative.

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Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance (Cuencas Sagradas Amazonicas)
Non-profit Social Enterprise
Areas of Impact
Latin America, ASEAN

Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance (Cuencas Sagradas Amazonicas)

The Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative is building a shared vision among indigenous peoples, NGOs, the philanthropic community, social entrepreneurs and governments towards establishing a bi-national protected region – off-limits to industrial scale resource extraction, and governed in accordance with traditional indigenous principles of cooperation and harmony that foster a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship. The Initiative is led by Amazonian indigenous federations CONFENIAE (Ecuador), AIDESEP (Peru), ORPIO, and COICA, in partnership with Pachamama Alliance, and Fundación Pachamama.


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