New advances and agreements in the Pemón Indigenous community of Kavanayén, Gran Sabana, for the construction of the Intercultural and Participative Fire Management in Canaima National Park, Venezuela.
During year 2016, the research group of the “Building the case for integrating Indigenous and academic knowledge into a participatory and sustainable fire management policy” project, supported by British Academy, UK, and coordinated by the Royal Holloway University of London and Simon Bolivar University carried out a series of activities to comply with the “next steps” agreements reached during first meeting (2015) of Intercultural and Participatory Fire Management Network in Canaima National Park, Venezuela.
The present report comprehends the activities developed during the visit to Kavanayén between 2 to 12 September by the Simon Bolivar University team comprised by Bibiana Bilbao, Adriana Millán, Elizabeth Rivera and Sofia Marín. Our objective was to discuss with the community the agreements and follow the recommendations established in the declaration of Fire Network with respect to the elaboration of proposals and actions for the participatory and intercultural fire management in Canaima National Park.
We organized several meetings and workshops with members of community: Captain of the community Humberto Chani, elders, teachers of ETAK school, Indigenous research members of APÖK and COBRA projects, and local Indigenous leaders according with the following schedule:
1. Presentation by Dr Bibiana Bilbao summarising previous work an achievemnets for the participatory and intercultural fire management developed by the RISK, APÖK, and British Academy projects, aims of meeting, program of activities, methodology and work dynamic during the workshop.
2. Screening of the Indigenous participatory video and photostory of the First meeting of Participatory and Intercultural Fire Management Network, elaborated by members of COBRA-APOK Indigenous research group.
3. Reading of the agreements reached in the declaration elaborated between the Indigenous communities, public institutions and the scientific community of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, for the construction of the Action Plans for participatory and intercultural management of fire in the territories inhabited by Indigenous communities of Guayana Shield.
4. Formation of mixed working groups (comprised by elders, teachers, Indigenous leaders, Indigenous researchers, and others) to answer the following questions:
All these agreements and activities were presented to the Assembly of the community of Kavanayén for their final approval.