Custodians of the native seed
In December 21thm 2013, the Arhuaco people, represented by their Chapter Governor, reunited with the community processes leaders and custodians of the seeds in the place known as Nabusimake, the spiritual center of the Arhuaca community, located in the heart of the Ati Seynekun (Mother Earth), Santa Marta’s Sierra Nevada.
In this first Seed Custodians World Encounter, delegates from France, Brazil, United States of America, Mexico, Colombia, etc., with the goal of sharing solutions for the protection of seeds. As a result of the reunion the Nabusimake Declaration was published, where 14 demands and compromises to end with the transgenics in Colombia, especially Nabusimake, are stablished.
Some of the principal points declared were:
Reject the criminalization of the seeds as stablish by the law 9.70 of Colombia, which claims that non-patented seeds are illegal.
Establish Seed Protection Territories in the places where the original people live, with the support of every organization that came to the declaration.
Demand the protection not only of the flora and fauna, but also of the territories, knowledge and ancestral customs of the original people, through the creation of Agroecological Reserves.
Recognize the water as a computer element of the territory, demand a law of hydraulic systems that enables the recovering of rivers, wetlands, and protect badlands.
Respect and strengthening towards the governors of the indigenous communities.
To declare that the genetic resources are a world heritage that must be administrated by the indigenous people.
To end this declaration we make a calling to respect the vital cycles of the universe as the origin of the balance, and the protection of the rights of Mother Earth, because it is the only form to protect the seeds from the humanity.
All the assistants signed this declaration and the ones who want to support it can join through the World Conscious Pact.
Signatories of the Nabusimake Declaration