Mano a Mano Speaker Series: February 12, 2019

Join us at Mano a Mano on Tuesday, February 12 for our monthly Speaker Series event. This month, Mike Dockry, PhD will be discussing “Indigenous Protest and the Roots of Sustainable Forestry in Bolivia.” The event is free and takes places at Mano a Mano (925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104) from 6:30pm-7:45pm.

Please RSVP with Carmen if you plan on attending – [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

A few of our monthly Speaker Series events from 2018. Mike Dockry (top right) will be presenting for the second time at Mano a Mano on February 12, 2019.

Indigenous Protest and the Roots of Sustainable Forestry in Bolivia

In the mid-2000s Bolivia emerged as a leader in sustainable tropical forestry, in large part because of “Ley 1700,” a 1996 forestry law. Ley 1700 reformed Bolivian forestry by requiring management plans and limiting timber harvests, while also guaranteeing the legal right of Indigenous communities to manage their forests for timber. This talk will trace the history of Bolivian forestry reforms, paying particular attention to the involvement of Indigenous lowland communities in influencing Ley 1700. Specifically, I will discuss the role that the 1990 Indigenous protest march called “The March for Territory and Dignity” had in unifying Indigenous communities, incorporating Indigenous concepts of territory into the national dialogue and legal framework, and influencing the 1996 forestry legislation.

Mike Dockry – Bio

Mike Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a Research Forester and Social Scientist with the US Forest Service and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia for three years where he worked with both highland and lowland indigenous communities on sustainable natural resource management. He is also a nationally recognized expert in tribal forestry and tribal relations.