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The International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) was formed During the III Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP III) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November 1996. The IIFB is a collection of representatives from indigenous governments, indigenous non-governmental organizations and indigenous scholars and activists that rganize around the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other important international environmental meetings to help coordinate indigenous strategies at these meetings, provide advice to the government parties, and influence the interpretations of government obligations to recognize and respect indigenous rights to the knowledge and resources.

Asociación Sotz´il – Centro para la Investigación y Planificasión del Desarollo Maya, is a Mayan organization with the main objective of strengthening the development of the indigenous movements in Guatemala, within the framework of their collective rights and values of their identity, cultures and cosmovisions, and guided by demands from the communities. The organization is a member of the Consejo Indígena de Centro América (CICA). During 2016 – 2017 Sotz´il holds the global coordination of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB): http://iifb.indigenousportal.com/