Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA) is a network of around 45 organisations, including indigenous forest peoples’ groups, working to secure the rights of indigenous peoples, as well as improve recognition of the role that they play in protecting forests and associated biodiversity. DGPA supports forest peoples to remain on and defend their ancestral territories and to revive and protect their ways of life and traditional environmental knowledge. Synchronicity Earth has supported DGPA since 2014 across a range of programmes.
In 2018, our support contributed to DGPA successfully promoting the formal adoption of an Edict in Mai Ndombe, the first in the DRC, recognising the rights of the indigenous Batwa. As a result, DGPA estimates that over 10,000 km2 of forest should be protected from destructive logging and agricultural activities as it will now fall within Batwa territories. Mai Ndombe has long been considered to have extremely high levels of discrimination against indigenous peoples, but now it acts as a pioneer for indigenous rights in the DRC. We are supporting DGPA to ensure proper implementation of the Edict.