Today, the DGM Global project is celebrating the International Day of Peace. This holiday was established by the United Nations in 1981 and is devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” This holiday is a good reminder that, in order to create sustainable and inclusive peace, it is important to hear the perspectives of those from all different backgrounds.
By supporting the engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities in conversations relating to forestry and climate change, the DGM promotes respect for the rights and traditional knowledge of these communities. This approach leads to more lasting results and helps to avoid future conflicts and grievances.
The DGM also supports legal recognition and clear land titling for indigenous peoples and local communities. MDE Saweto Peru (DGM Peru) is particularly focused on these objectives, seeking legal recognition of 310 communities and titling for 130 communities by 2020. By giving these communities clear legal standing and control over their traditional lands, they will be better equipped to protect their forests and prevent territorial conflict.
As recommended by the UN, DGM Global encourages everyone to participate in a Minute of Silence at noon in your local time zone in support of peace-building efforts worldwide. For more on the International Day of Peace, please visit internationaldayofpeace.org.