IP Kyoto Water Declaration FINAL
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES KYOTO WATER DECLARATION
Third World Water Forum, Kyoto, Japan
Relationship to Water
1.We, the Indigenous Peoples from all parts of the world assembled here, reaffirm our
relationship to Mother Earth and responsibility to future generations to raise our
voices in solidarity to speak for the protection of water. We were placed in a sacred
manner on this earth, each in our own sacred and traditional lands and territories to
care for all of creation and to care for water.
2.We recognize, honor and respect water as sacred and sustains all life. Our traditional
knowledge, laws and ways of life teach us to be responsible in caring for this sacred
gift that connects all life.
3.Our relationship with our lands, territories and water is the fundamental physical
cultural and spiritual basis for our existence. This relationship to our Mother Earth
requires us to conserve our freshwaters and oceans for the survival of present and
future generations. We assert our role as caretakers with rights and responsibilities
to defend and ensure the protection, availability and purity of water. We stand united
to follow and implement our knowledge and traditional laws and exercise our right of
self-determination to preserve water, and to preserve life.
Conditions of Our Waters
4.The ecosystems of the world have been compounding in change and in crisis. In our
generation we see that our waters are being polluted with chemicals, pesticides,
sewage, disease, radioactive contamination and ocean dumping from mining to
shipping wastes. We see our waters being depleted or converted into destructive
uses through the diversion and damming of water systems, mining and mineral
extraction, mining of groundwater and aquifer for industrial and commercial
purposes, and unsustainable economic, resource and recreational development, as
well as the transformation of excessive amounts of water into energy. In the tropical
southern and northern forest regions, deforestation has resulted in soil erosion and
thermal contamination of our water.
5.The burning of oil, gas, and coal, known collectively as fossil fuels is the primary
source of human-induced climate change
Climate change, if not halted, will result in
increased frequency and severity of storms, floods, drought and water shortage.
Globally, climate change is worsening desertification. It is polluting and drying up the
subterranean and water sources, and is causing the extinction of precious flora and
Many countries in Africa have been suffering from unprecedented droughts.
When the terms territory, land and water are used, it is inclusive of all life such as
forests, grasslands, sea life, habitat, fish and other biodiversity.