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NYC Climate Week 2023
September 23

Carbon markets, rights and the Future


For us, as Indigenous Peoples and Communities, having spaces for dialogue and listening to the voices of our communities is extremely important. 

There’s a Guatemalan poet, a Maya Quiché, named Humberto Acabado, who has passed away. He said something like, “It’s not that the stones are mute; they are waiting to speak.” 

This is of utmost importance to us and reflects the historical conditions of our indigenous communities, where we are seldom heard. 

Dialogues around carbon markets and other climate financing for our communities must be guaranteed from a human rights perspective and the specific rights of indigenous communities. 

We cannot begin to discuss carbon markets without the minimum rights guarantees for indigenous communities and peoples. 

Nor can we talk about the climate future without discussing the future of our communities and peoples.

There is a need to ensure human rights and Indigenous rights in discussions about carbon markets and climate financing. Talking about the climate future requires discussing the future of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Marco Aurelio Chavez Coyoy
Legal Coordinator
Currently, he is the coordinator of the legal department of the Community Forestry Association of Guatemala Utz Che’. There, he accompanies processes related to the vindication of the rights of different local communities and indigenous peoples of Guatemala, providing technical and legal assistance to ensure access to forestry incentives with more than 10 years of experience.
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