Fellow Since 1995
Racimos de Ungurahui
This profile was prepared when Pedro García was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995.
The New Idea
Pedro García is convinced that the time is ripe for a concerted effort by the indigenous peoples of the Amazonian region to gain effective control over the use of the region's biological resources and to develop strategies that will both protect those resources and advance the economic, social and cultural interests of their communities. In pursuit of those aims, he envisages a several stage process that will enhance indigenous communities' awareness of the ways in which they are currently being exploited, encourage discussion and debate over legal remedies and alternative courses of action and generate strategies and actionable proposals for the protection of their intellectual property and their economic and cultural rights. In that process, Pedro is serving as an adviser, providing relevant legal and technical information, and helping organizations representing indigenous peoples in Peru and other Amazonian settings to formulate their plans, draft related proposals and agreements, and seek their approval in the appropriate national and international fora.