One of the most pressing and concerning human rights issues being witnessed today is the continued dispossession of traditional lands and territories from indigenous peoples considered as ‘primitive’, economically unproductive, or not in line with modern aspirations.
With disappearing cultures, we also face the disappearance of languages, wisdom and knowledge systems which, if gone, will be an immense loss for humanity as a whole. It is also a severe environmental threat. Indigenous peoples worldwide have been the custodians of forests and other ecosystems for hundreds and thousands of generations, living in relative harmony with what nature, taking no more than what they need, thereby leaving enough for the ecological systems to regenerate, and for other species to continue to thrive.
No rights for the indigenous peoples and eradicating their traditional modes of living, we are lousing entire cultures and socio-environmental structures that have co-developed over millennia.
Today, however, due to unsustainable paths of development, we are faced with ever more pressing environmental problems, manifested through complex and interconnected phenomena, such as the diminishing availability of clean water, rapid decline of fertile soil on which to grow food, a continuous loss of biodiversity, and concerning signs of climate change, amongst many others.
The Warka Village aspires to transform the landscape of comprehensive human development, utilizing low-cost, sustainable, community-driven, high-impact multisector development interventions that are tailored to the village’s specific needs. This will address the needs of villagers in terms of essential services that impact their daily standard of living and overall quality of life. Rural infrastructure, Agriculture, Health, Water & Sanitation, and the Preservation.
An integrated village designed to host 100 people, local ethnic groups of Cameroon in need to live with dignity. It will become a cultural center as well, of social aggregation with quality spaces.
An example of how to collaborate with rural communities, how to construct using indigenous techniques and local natural materials that respect the cultural identity of the place. An example of how to live in harmony with nature.
We need to protect rights and cultural identity of indigenous people living in the rainforest.