27 May 2022

Promoting indigenous rights over native lands on the world stage

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  Language: Spanish   Duration: 25mins 59secs

Learn how Alex Villca Limaco, Defender of Indigenous Rights and Nature at the National Coordinator for the Defense of Native Indigenous Territories and Protected Areas (CONTIOCAP), has advocated for land rights and environmental protection in the indigenous territories of Bolivia on the world stage.

About our guest

Alex Villca Limaco, is indigenous from the Uchupiamona Nation. He defender of Indigenous Rights and Mother Nature. He has a degree in Tourism and a Master's in Tourism Management, an expert in community and community-based ecotourism, co-founder of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge ecotourism venture, located within the Uchupiamona Community Land of Origin (TCO) that covers 210 thousand hectares of forest and is part of the Madidi National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area, recognized as the most biodiverse nature reserve in the world. Alex was appointed (2015 -2016), Secretary of Land, Territory, Natural Resources and Environment of the San Jose de Uchupiamonas indigenous people. He is a member of the Coordinator for the Defense of the Amazon (CODA), a collective of environmental activists based in Rurrenabaque. Since 2017, Alex has held the position of Secretary of Communication of the Mancomunidad de Comunidades Indígenas de los Ríos Beni, Tuichi & Quiquibey. In December 2018, Alex was appointed spokesperson for the National Coordinator for the Defense of Native Indigenous Territories and Protected Areas of Bolivia (CONTIOCAP), an organization that represents more than 30 local resistance groups, dedicated to defending territorial and environmental rights. Alex was a park ranger for the Madidi National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area (1999-2000). He was part of the community ecotourism enterprise Chalalán Ecolodge, owned and managed by the San José de Uchupiamonas indigenous people. He was Manager of the Commercial Branch of the Bolivian Community Solidarity Tourism Network (RED TUSOCO), based in the city of La Paz. He is co-founder of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge community-based ecotourism family enterprise, where he currently works, generating direct and indirect jobs for indigenous Uchupiamona and Tacana families.

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