CEESP Youth Member, Olivia Sylvester, contributed to the Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Food in Protected Areas at the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Conference in Costa Rica.
CEESP member and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Manitoba, Olivia Sylvester, presented a paper on "Protected Areas and Rights to Food: A Case-Study from the Bribri Indigenous Territory in Costa Rica". In her presentation, Olivia shared a case study from her research with one Bribri community located in LA Amistad Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
With support and permission from her Bribri colleagues, she talked about why forest harvesting is important for Bribri people's land and food sovereignty. She highlighted important initiatives that Bribri leaders are taking to support their rights to food within Bribri territory as well as why support for these rights to food is lagging.
Over 900 people from 50 countries attended this conference. The conference was held jointly with the Organization for Tropical Studies.