This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023
On 4 May a special event took place in Buckingham Palace as part of the Coronation celebrations. Indigenous Elder Uyunkar Domingo Peas and Ms. Atossa Soltani, representing the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, an alliance of 30 indigenous nations from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon presented HM King Charles III with a feathered crown in recognition of The King´s visionary leadership and commitment to rainforest protection and to restoring harmony between humanity and nature.
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The Indigenous leader emphasized that the coronation was not only a significant ceremony for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth but also a crucial moment for the future of Mother Earth and especially the Amazon given the King’s vision for a sustainable world that works for the benefit of all people, nature and the planet. The representatives from the Amazon Sacred Headwaters also thanked HM for the support provided to the Indigenous nations of the Amazon by the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, founded by The King (when The Prince of Wales) and chaired by Marc Palahí, who was also present in the event.
The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA) and the Sacred Headwaters Initiative have been working together to preserve one of the richest regions in the planet, encompassing a continuous mosaic of 86 million acres of rainforest between the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon which are home to 600,000 people from more than 30 indigenous nationalities.
As result of this collaboration, a Living Laboratory has been developed by the indigenous communities to accelerate landscape restoration while creating new forest-based value chains around cocoa, vanilla, medicinal plants and even eco-tourism, financing regenerative landscapes while preserving ancient traditions. The Living Lab also supports a new school for young indigenous leaders, to build new capacities to scale up restoration work and bio-based business models.