Category: Indigenous Land

climate change and deforestation

Battle Over Natural Resources The Waorani people won a historic ruling in Ecuadorian court protecting half a million acres of their territory in the Amazon rainforest from being earmarked for oil drilling. The decision by the three-judge panel of the Pastaza Provincial Court immediately voids the consultation process with the Waorani undertaken by the Ecuadorian […]

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tiger conservation and forest conservation

Paving Roads For Conservation or Development From Survival International Tribal people have been forcibly evicted from India’s Kanha Tiger Reserve in the name of tiger conservation, according to Survival International. Evicted tribespeople report that the Forest Department threatened to release elephants to trample their houses and crops if they did not leave immediately. The area is […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Indigenous Leader Killed Protecting Forests By Alexander Zaitchik At the latest climate change talks, indigenous tribes showed again that they’re frontline allies in the fight against deforestation and global warming. So why aren’t we protecting them? A dark piece of news emerged at the U.N. climate talks in Lima. The body of José Isidro Tendetza Antún, a leading […]

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climate change and deforestation

Majority Of Peru’s Timber Exports Illegal Peru must grant further land titles to Amazonian tribes as a last resort to halting severe deforestation, the country’s main indigenous group announced. The government should award 49 million acres (20 million hectares), nearly 30 percent of its rainforest, to 1,170 communities, said Alberto Pizango, president of the Interethnic Association for […]

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climate change and deforestation

Indigenous Families Protect Forests By Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph A second group of Amazonian Indians who have never before had contact with the outside world have emerged near the border with Brazil and Peru, heightening fears that the remote tribes are being forced from their land and threatened with extinction. The group of 24 men, women and children approached Brazilian government […]

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climate change and deforestation

Indigenous Groups Conserve Forests The first time I heard about Charlie Taylor was the day he died. A friend rang to say that ranchers had attacked a group of Mayangna Indians in a forest near Musawas in Nicaragua, killing one of the Indians and injuring several others. Charlie—a forty-year old father of seven who farmed […]

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forest conservation and global warming

A New Age Of Forest Conservation Mexico has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. It loses about 330,000 hectares of forest per year due to illegal logging and conversion to more lucrative land uses, like agriculture, tourism, mining and urban expansion. But Mexico also showcases some best practices in sustainable forest management, like […]

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climate change and deforestation

Illegal Land Grabs Promoting Deforestation Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. The Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples calls on governments to uphold forest peoples’ rights to […]

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climate change and deforestation

Promoting Forest Conservation Sting and his wife, actress Trudie Styler, will be joined by some big names on April 17 for the biennial Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. Paul Simon will join James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Ivy Levan, trumpeter Chris Botti and opera singer Renée Fleming in campaigning for environmental conservation and to help […]

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climate change and deforestation

Settlers Ousted From Rainforests Brazil’s government has launched a major ground operation to evict illegal invaders from the land of the Awá tribe, Earth’s most threatened tribe. Soldiers, field workers from Brazil’s indigenous affairs department FUNAI, Environment Ministry special agents and police officers are being dispatched to notify and remove the illegal settlers, ranchers and loggers […]

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