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Public Statement of Protest and Letter to Government from Indigenous Peoples from Costa Rica

The Indigenous Peoples of Costa Rica have released a public statement in protest against the actions taken by the country's Institute of Agrarian Development (IDA), which recently requested the Constitutional Court to void the Indian Act (Ley Indigena/1977). The Act was created in the 1970s to recognize lands used by indigenous Peoples.

More than 60% of the indigenous lands currently remain without legal recognition in Costa Rica.

Indigenous Peoples have now come together to take urgent action to reverse this request, and to seek international support. Their letter to the Vice Minister of Environment addresses the lack of consultation with local communities on the process used to arrive at a definition of the National Plan for Forest Development (PNDF). Until an agreement is reached between the government and IPs on this issue, all negotiations related to REDD+ are suspended.