Meet leaders of community-led sustainable solutions from all over the world

Date: Thursday August 29, 2002 Time: 14H00 - 15H30 Venue: Liberty Theatre on the Square, Sandton Square (Rivonia Rd & West St.) Lunch will be served! Interview, video & photo opportunities available with community representatives! WSSD Delegates Representing Communities Featured in the Ford Foundation's New
Sustainable Solutions: Building Assets for Empowerment and Sustainable
Available for interview /Great stories to tell! Contact Celia Alario at 082 858 6505

· From San Juan Nuevo, Mexico, a Purépecha indigenous community that has
developed a highly-successful, large scale community forest enterprise that has
blended strong indigenous traditions with an entrepreneurial orientation.

Ø Mr. Nicolas Aguilar and Mr. Ambrócio Rodriguez

· From Los Angeles, California, home of Communities for a Better
Environment, an NGO that has developed a revolutionary new citizens' tool for
improving air quality, called 'Bucket Brigades,' using an inexpensive,
scientifically-valid air quality measurement tool that permits citizens to test
air quality on their own.

Ø Mr. Carlos Porras and Mr. Azibuke Akwaba

· From Karnataka, India, representatives of Outreach, an Indian NGO that
has had great success in helping poor farmers and women's self-help groups to
develop programs through which communites pool their resources and restore
lands and livelihoods in Southern India.

Ø Mr. R.M. Palanna and Mr. L. Arulswamy

· From Eastern Amazon, Brazil, representatives of the Kayapó-Xikrin do
Cateté, an indigenous group (with only 700 members) that developed the first
sustainable management program for forest management by indigenous people in
Brazil -- that is expected to earn Forest Stewardship Council certification and
the green-market premiums it brings - for all of the community's timber, as
well as other forest products such as palm hearts, honey, essential oils and
medicinal plants.

Ø Mr. Onkrai Xikrin and other representatives of the Kayapó-Xikrin do

· From Balayan Bay, Philippines, representatives of two NGOs that have
developed highly-effective community-led marine sanctuary programs that have
produced demonstrable increases in sustainable fish harvest for artisan fishers
in coastal communities throughout the Philippines.

Ø Ms. Mary Beth ('Chen') Mancias and Mr. Rafael ('Paeng') Lopez

· From Limpopo Province, South Africa, representatives of the Makuleke
community which was displaced from high quality land by the apartheid
government and which has recovered community land and wildlife assets in a
pathbreaking 'contractual park' arrangement with Kruger National Park, raising
community incomes and livelihood opportunities.

Ø Mr. Livingston Makuleke and Mr. Dennis Skhalela

· From Cairo, Egypt, representatives of the Zebaleen communities who
develop incomes and community from an overlooked asset, the city's household
garbage, fostering both large-scale employment and effective recycling programs.

Ø Mr. Romani Badi Zekri and Mr. Rizk Youssif Hanna

· From Oaxaca, Mexico, representatives of what may be the world's largest
cooperative coffee organization focused on producing and selling high quality
Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade coffee, both of which bring premium
prices to very-small-scale indigenous coffee farmers, even under current badly-
depressed world coffee prices.

Ø Ms. Josefina Aranda de Tejero and Mr. Isaac Rodriguez

· From Hayfork, California, a representative of the community-based
forestry movement in the United States that is developing local
entrepreneurship and employment in heavily-depressed logging communities by
developing innovative mechanisms for restoring national forest lands and
producing value-added products from the small-diameter timber that results.

Ø Ms. Maia Enser

· From Southeastern Zimbabwe, representatives of a CAMPFIRE community
that has pioneered in the community-based management of wildlife to generate
incomes and revenues for community infrastructure, while dramatically reducing

Ø Mr. Cephas Chauke and Mr. Semende Chauke

· From Gujarat, India, representatives of VIKSAT, an NGO that was one of
the earliest participants in India's Joint Forest Management program in which
communities promote conservation, reduce illegal logging, and enjoy the
benefits of sustainable logging and other harvesting in areas that now total 4
million hectares and benefit 2.8 million families.

Ø Mr. Sujit Kumar and Mr. Kaushal

· From British Columbia, Canada, representatives of the Ahuousaht First
Nations and of Iisaak Forest Resources, a pioneering joint venture between a
First Nations community and a global timber company for management of large
tracts of historically indigenous forest lands under norms that have earned
them certification by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Ø Mr. Larry Baird and Ms. Cindy Hazenboom

· From Acre, Brazil, representatives of the 'Government of the Forest,' a
multi-party coalition led by progressive Brazilian social movements that is
practicing an advanced form of sustainable development throughout a territory
of more than 150,000 square kilometers, with certified low-impact forestry,
enhanced rubber-tapping, and promotion of other sustainable industry.

Ø Representatives of the 'Goberno da Floresta'