tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/indigenous%20people1 indigenous people news from mongabay.com 2015-07-01T10:21:01Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15063 2015-07-01T09:17:00Z 2015-07-01T10:21:01Z ‘Criminalization’ of local people in Indonesian province rife amid oil palm, coal booms <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/phhN8e5Va8SSQzQ5z1BpxJauUIyyoiWAXAuv0yS2BKM=w150-h98-no" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A coalition of local NGOs in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province is campaigning for an end to the criminalization of residents who oppose plantation and mining projects on their land. The issue was a theme in the government's recently concluded national inquiry into land conflicts affecting indigenous peoples, and last week President Joko Widodo promised to secure the release of indigenous citizens who had been criminalized. Philip Jacobson -0.491768 117.141259 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15044 2015-06-29T09:21:00Z 2015-06-29T10:24:34Z NGOs, activists fret new role for Indonesia's spy agency <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/yUmphe_O91LIX0qsyw4NME7ikOsrH8rqaBwjzunkiqo=w150-h99-no" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A mysterious new partnership between Indonesia's spy agency and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to boost foreign investment has civil society wary of deepening agrarian conflict in the post-authoritarian country. While little is known about the specifics of the new arrangement, activists point to Indonesia's long history of repression by state security forces to warn that intelligence reports on local sentiment could be manipulated to stymie community opposition to development projects. Philip Jacobson -6.254943 106.848187 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15041 2015-06-26T19:54:00Z 2015-06-26T21:56:40Z New reserve in Peru will protect nearly a million acres of pristine forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0626-thumb-iquitos-forest.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A tract of Peruvian rainforest bigger than California's Yosemite National Park is officially more protected, with formal declaration of the Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area (RCA) made last week in Lima. Those involved with the reserve's formation hope it will safeguard the area's biodiversity as well as the ancestral homeland and way of life of local indigenous communities. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.704634, -73.182292 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15029 2015-06-24T17:50:00Z 2015-06-26T20:45:07Z Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0624.acate.Cesar-pic.THUMB.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This is what makes the news that a tribe in the Amazon have created a 500-page encyclopedia of their traditional medicine all the more remarkable. Jeremy Hance -7.785371 -73.891784 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15025 2015-06-24T09:06:00Z 2015-06-24T09:13:26Z Indigenous Indonesians file land claim against IndoMet coal project <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/e-ot2RCcHl0Z53yln8bXFVRHtwi5LRozcDxFW3E_WTk=w150-h95-no" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A few months before BHP Billiton’s Haju mine is set to begin operations in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province, residents of nearby Maruwei village have filed a claim for 1,000 hectares of land in the area under a new land rights scheme for indigenous peoples. The scheme, called Dayak Misik and introduced by the provincial government last year, allocates 10 hectares to each village for communal use and five hectares to each household. Philip Jacobson 0.020991 114.687922 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14967 2015-06-16T00:19:00Z 2015-06-16T00:31:06Z Rainforest parks cut malaria transmission Strictly protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon are associated with lower rates of malaria transmission than extractive reserves, mining zones, and areas with roads, reports a paper published this week in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. The findings add to a growing body of data suggesting that conservation efforts contribute to human welfare. Rhett Butler -10.461996 -64.512468 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14938 2015-06-10T16:01:00Z 2015-06-10T16:13:05Z Satellite images provide new view of uncontacted Amazonian communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0610-freedberg-remote-sensing-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A laundry list of dangers threaten Amazonia’s few remaining uncontacted indigenous communities. Colonists and industry workers often grab tribal land for mining, logging, drug trafficking, or hydrocarbon extraction, which damage the groups’ environment and bring them into conflict with armed settlers. Careless encroachment by outsiders can also bring diseases to which uncontacted groups have no immunity. Brittany Stewart tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14861 2015-05-27T15:59:00Z 2015-06-18T01:51:16Z 'Green' hydropower dam fuels charges of gross human rights violations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0527_SDasgupta_SantaRita1_Thumbnail.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A hydropower project planned on Guatemala's Icbolay River has resulted in major human rights abuses, advocacy groups are charging. The 24-megawatt Santa Rita dam is backed by the World Bank and several European banks, as well as the Guatemalan government. In spite of the alleged abuses, the dam's owner has been granted approval to earn carbon offset credits for the electricity the dam would generate that could be traded under the European Union's Emission Trading System. Rebecca Kessler 15.541103 -90.389886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14847 2015-05-22T18:59:00Z 2015-06-18T01:52:29Z Mining and Energy Contracts under Investigation as Corruption Scandals Rock Guatemala <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0522-SCuffe-Protest1.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Guatemalan cabinet ministers for the environment, the interior, and energy and mines stepped down May 21 amid corruption scandals and massive protests. Investigations into alleged irregularities in mining, energy, and other environmental project contracts and permits have been thrust back into the spotlight. Mining and energy projects in the country have faced intense community resistance, which has often become the target of crackdowns by state and corporate security forces. Rebecca Kessler 14.743122 -90.478828 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14844 2015-05-22T15:49:00Z 2015-06-18T01:48:34Z Red tape or repression? NGOs fight for a place in the new Bolivia they helped Evo Morales create <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0522_ae_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For much of Bolivian history, environmental and human rights NGOs joined indigenous communities and the poor in an uphill battle against the entrenched old guard. Under the country's first indigenous president, these organizations face unexpected challenges. Tiffany Roufs -16.547635 -68.033713 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14825 2015-05-19T14:01:00Z 2015-06-18T01:52:54Z Nickel Mine, Lead Bullets: Maya Q'eqchi' seek justice in Guatemala and Canada <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0508_sc_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This week, indigenous victims of violence related to Guatemala's Fenix mine travel to Canada to speak outside the shareholder meeting of the mine's former owner, HudBay. Legal proceedings related to the violence are moving forward in Guatemala and Canada. Rebecca Kessler 15.518952 -89.381934 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14659 2015-04-20T22:42:00Z 2015-06-16T22:32:46Z Woman defeats mine, saves wilderness, wins $175,000 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0420-thumb-2015_MarilynBaptiste_011.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When a huge open-pit mine threatened a pristine lake and surrounding forest in British Columbia, Canada, Marilyn Baptiste jumped into action, spearheading efforts to collect environmental impact data and even physically turning away construction crews. Today, Baptiste was honored for her work when she was presented the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony in San Francisco. Morgan Erickson-Davis 51.460438 -123.625628 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14657 2015-04-20T19:31:00Z 2015-06-18T02:11:54Z Killings of environmental activists jumped by 20 percent last year <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0415.murders.activists.gwreport.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The assassination, murder, and extrajudicial killing of environmental activists rose by 20 percent last year, according to a new grim report by Global Witness. The organization documented 116 killings in 2014 across 17 countries with the highest number in Brazil, which saw 29 environmental and land defenders killed. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14641 2015-04-15T14:50:00Z 2015-04-17T13:26:11Z Featured video: 'A river in dispute' documentary explores how a planned dam in the Amazon is affecting traditional communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0415_Mdk_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Under the threat of losing their lands to a hydroelectric power plant project strategic to the Brazilian government, communities along the Tapajós River, one of the most pristine in Brazil, prepare to defend what is theirs. A video documentary tells their story. Rebecca Kessler -4.180831 -55.934658 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14615 2015-04-09T22:34:00Z 2015-04-09T22:35:12Z Study finds abandoned pasture is 'a huge resource that is not being harnessed' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0409-thumb-Chimborazo_sheep.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As tropical forests around the world are cleared for human development, scientists and conservationists are trying to find ways to both stem their loss and reclaim areas already deforested. In a recent study, researchers investigated restoration of abandoned agricultural land in Ecuador, finding that planting trees and even re-establishing pasture may help limit conversion of more forest to farmland. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.106545 -78.252244 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14597 2015-04-06T22:40:00Z 2015-04-06T22:48:41Z Palm oil companies, NGOs endorse new deforestation-limiting toolkit <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_0727.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forests not only house many of the world's species, but also much of its carbon. Now, a toolkit has been developed by a group of companies and organizations with the aim of helping other companies and NGOs identify High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. The toolkit was endorsed last week by major NGOs and plantation companies in Singapore. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.788594 110.702850 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14593 2015-04-06T14:48:00Z 2015-04-06T16:21:00Z Kaiduan dam in Borneo meets fierce opposition <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0403-MountKinabalu-thumbnail.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Activists are calling on the government of Sabah, Malaysia, to reconsider the proposed Kaiduan dam, saying it has not considered other solutions to Sabah's looming water crisis and has failed to consult with the indigenous people who will be displaced if the project proceeds. Rebecca Kessler 6.174876 116.138874 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14558 2015-03-30T18:16:00Z 2015-03-30T18:30:40Z 9 months after Amazonian oil pipeline spill, effects and fears linger <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0330cuninco150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Peru's state-run oil company pulled out of this small Kukama Indian village in mid-December after cleaning up an oil pipeline spill, residents thought life could slowly return to normal. But more than three months later, wisps of oil floating down the Cuninico River—along with a larger spill in the neighboring community of San Pedro—are a reminder that the problems are not over. Rhett Butler -4.801399 -75.216092 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14508 2015-03-18T22:52:00Z 2015-06-23T04:21:59Z Indonesia's small islands being rapidly damaged by industrial activities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0318Kendawangan150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Intense exploitation of Indonesia's natural resources is taking a special toll on the country's small islands, with many subject to an outpouring of mining concessions that cover huge swaths of their tiny areas, often to the chagrin of local populations. Philip Jacobson -2.728779 110.100523 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14507 2015-03-18T16:15:00Z 2015-03-19T16:59:30Z Discovery of 'Lost City' spurs conservation pledge <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/colombia/150/co06-1366.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Earlier this month, National Geographic made big news: the discovery of what it called a 'lost city' below the thick jungles of Honduras. While the coverage has led to scientists crying sensationalism, it also resulted this week in a commitment of protection by the Honduras President, Juan Orlando Hernández, for a long-neglected portion of the country. Jeremy Hance 15.744008 -84.675660 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14506 2015-03-18T14:24:00Z 2015-03-19T15:22:03Z Indonesia's indigenous people still suffer human rights violations, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5079.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia's indigenous population has suffered a long history of human rights violations says a report to be released by the country's National Commission on Human Rights in May. Rhett Butler -3.317506 128.502269 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14492 2015-03-13T16:58:00Z 2015-03-13T21:38:08Z Indigenous leaders present plan to gov't for Suriname's largest official protected area <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0313-thumb-2-suriname.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous leaders from southern Suriname took the first steps toward creating the South American country’s largest recognized protected area with a declaration to parliament on March 5. Morgan Erickson-Davis 3.744582 -55.454840 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14454 2015-03-05T14:52:00Z 2015-03-05T14:59:50Z Bushmeat's dual role: threatened species face off against nutrition and culture <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0224_bushmeat_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation, habitat destruction, climate change, and other man-made forces are threatening species around the world. But, often overlooked, overhunting is a rising peril to many animals. On the other hand, bushmeat hunting also helps provide vital protein in rural tropical regions and is an important cultural rite for many indigenous tribes. Thus, there is a dual challenge of maintaining food security for forest-dependent populations and ensuring wildlife conservation. Tiffany Roufs 3.497437 -70.465758 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14449 2015-03-03T17:23:00Z 2015-05-16T19:55:47Z Colombia proposes protected corridor across South America <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/animals/150/herps_cnh_0307.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains. Santos plans to propose the protected environmental corridor during the UN climate talks in Paris later this year as a means to combat global warming. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.069027 -71.417806 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14430 2015-02-25T21:32:00Z 2015-03-25T18:04:54Z Cambodia deports activist leader...then suspends controversial dam On Monday, Cambodia deported well-known environmental activist, Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, back to his native Spain. Co-founder of the Cambodian NGO, Mother Nature, Gonzalez-Davidson played a vital role in blocking efforts to build the Cheay Areng Dam. But a day after deporting the activist, Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, said the country would postpone the dam until 2018. Jeremy Hance 11.367026 103.385691 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14424 2015-02-25T16:41:00Z 2015-03-02T16:37:30Z Partnering for conservation benefits Tacana people, Bolivian park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1218_Tacana-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Kneeling in a small clearing amid tropical trees, Baldemar Mazaro skillfully arranges a circle of sticks and a noose of cord in the community of San Miguel de Bala. He hands a branch to a tourist and asks her to prod the sticks as if the branch were the nose of an animal snuffling around, looking for food. Tiffany Roufs -14.189266 -68.334025 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14417 2015-02-24T16:00:00Z 2015-02-25T15:17:59Z Locals lead scientists to new population of near-extinct reptile <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0223.thumb.A-mro-villagers-with-a-King-Cobra-for-lunch_Photo_Chirag--Roy.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>By the early Twentieth Century, the world had pretty much given up on the Arakan forest turtle, named after the hills where it was found in 1875 in western Myanmar. Now, this Lazarus reptile &#8212;which has been dubbed one of the 25 most threatened turtles on the planet &#8212;has more good news: researchers have documented an entirely new population where no one Jeremy Hance 21.483210 92.525138 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14403 2015-02-20T17:15:00Z 2015-02-20T17:21:33Z Study finds local technicians effective at forest monitoring <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0220-Guyana_463.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An important part of REDD is accurate measurement of carbon stocks. In Guyana, members of native Amerindian communities have been recruited for data collection by Project Fauna, a joint initiative by researchers from different institutions and local indigenous leaders. Morgan Erickson-Davis 3.447673 -59.260630 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14402 2015-02-20T12:35:00Z 2015-02-20T18:13:42Z Dams or indigenous land: the battle over the Munduruku frontier <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1217_exclusive_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Munduruku indigenous tribe have begun to mark out the limits of their land, in an action that could halt the giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the apple of the Brazilian government's eye. Although sacred, this land will be flooded if the dam goes ahead. 'We are not leaving,' says the village chief. Tiffany Roufs -2.378412 -54.927569 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14397 2015-02-19T15:03:00Z 2015-02-20T18:13:54Z Exclusive: Funai confirms that land threatened by dam projects belongs to indigenous tribe <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1217_tribe_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Brazilian government opposes granting traditional land to the Munduruku people since it would jeopardize seven proposed hydroelectric dams on the Tapajós River. For this reason, a year-old report by Funai that supports the Munduruku claim has not been officially published, but a copy of this report was obtained by the Brazilian publication Publica. Tiffany Roufs -2.378412 -54.927569 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14393 2015-02-18T14:15:00Z 2015-02-18T14:48:17Z Brazilian indigenous populations grow quickly after first contact devastation Indigenous communities in South America have long experienced devastating impacts from contact with Western society. In the Sixteenth Century, European colonists brought slavery, war, and violence, but disease proved the most devastating. In all, European contact destroyed over 95 percent of the native population. Jeremy Hance -9.891064 -70.165365 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14389 2015-02-17T21:27:00Z 2015-02-27T19:42:17Z Indigenous communities in Paraguay threatened by deforestation despite having land rights <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0217-1-thumb-ayoreo-woman.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>According to a report by Survival International, the existence of the isolated Ayoreo Totobiegosode people is critically threatened by cattle ranching firms that are destroying their last forest refuge. The report asserts Paraguayan law gives native people the rights to their traditional land. Yet, most of the land in Paraguay is privatized, making these laws in reality difficult to achieve. Morgan Erickson-Davis -20.074062, -59.029457 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14383 2015-02-16T17:22:00Z 2015-02-26T19:41:53Z Arctic upheaval: new book outlines challenges at the top of the world <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0215.arctic.9781610914406_FutureArctic-Struzik.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For most of us, the Arctic is not at the front of our minds. We view it as cold, stark, and, most importantly, distant. Yet, even in an age of vast ecological upheaval, one could argue that no biome in the world is changing so rapidly or so irrevocably. Two hundred plus years of burning fossil fuels has warmed up the top of our planet more quickly than anywhere else. Jeremy Hance 81.303675 -82.900239 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14377 2015-02-13T17:54:00Z 2015-02-13T17:59:31Z How do parks affect the poor? Jury’s still out, some experts say <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0210_parkspoor_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Peru’s vast northeastern region, where roads are scarce and forests abundant, crackdowns on the illegal plundering of timber, fish, and wildlife are sporadic and expensive. To fill the gap, the Peruvian National Park Service and non-profit conservation organizations encourage community groups to patrol their lakes and forests and control fishing and hunting. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14370 2015-02-11T17:11:00Z 2015-06-10T15:45:16Z Innovating Brazil nuts: a business with roots in the rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222_Castana-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientist and entrepreneur turn to Brazil nuts to protect Peru's threatened forests. Sofía Rubio was eight years old when she decided she wanted to be a biologist. 'I would skip school to go to the woods with my father or mother,' who did research in what is now the Tambopata National Reserve in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon, she says. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14351 2015-02-05T17:00:00Z 2015-02-05T17:09:28Z Video: innovative tourism helps protect forests in Amazonian Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/tambopata/Tambopata_1028_4256.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new short documentary highlights the innovative, locally-grown tourist ventures sprouting up in the buffer zone around Peru's Tambopata National Reserve. Not only do these tourist adventures--some specializing in rehabilitating wildlife, others in finding out how locals live, and some even in jungle yoga--help provide jobs and income in a region dominated by extractive industries, but they are also help to keep forests standing. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14349 2015-02-05T13:25:00Z 2015-02-05T13:29:23Z World Bank's forest carbon program falls short on indigenous peoples' rights, argues report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5249.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Countries poised to receive World Bank funds for achieving reductions in deforestation have insufficient safeguards for ensuring that local communities don't lose out in the rush to score money from the forest carbon market, argues a new report published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14346 2015-02-05T00:42:00Z 2015-02-05T00:44:58Z Mapping local communities' efforts to protect forests in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0203indonesiacommunitymap150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Local and indigenous communities play an important role managing and protecting forests. Research published in 2014 by World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative concluded that community-managed forests experienced an average deforestation rate that is eleven times lower than land outside their borders. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14342 2015-02-04T17:54:00Z 2015-02-04T17:58:50Z Communities create timber company to protect Sumatran forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0204-thumb-bibit-akasia.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>To reduce logging pressures on the surrounding forest, several villages in the Lampung province of Sumatra have been conducting an experiment in community managed timber plantations on public lands. For the last 10 years, instead of logging the forest, members of the local timber cooperative have planted thousands of seedlings such as white teak and acacia in and among the surrounding villages. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.222246 104.326170 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14341 2015-02-04T17:50:00Z 2015-02-06T15:10:31Z The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/ecuador/Yasuni.150/Yasuni_303.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hungry for oil revenue, governments and fossil fuel companies are moving even further into one of the world's last great wildernesses, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The total area set aside for oil and gas in the Western Amazon has grown by 150,000 square kilometers since 2008, now totaling more than 730,000 square kilometers&#8212;an area the size of Chile. Jeremy Hance -14.057138 -68.658039 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14336 2015-02-03T18:59:00Z 2015-02-03T19:05:34Z Sulawesi communities build big, unique houses by sustainably managing forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0203-thumb-Toraja9.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Layuk Sarungallo sits in front of a large Tongkonan, the traditional house of the Toraja people characterized by sweeping roofs that resemble a boat or a buffalo horn arching toward the sky. The locals still use traditional construction methods, maintaining their houses with wood, bamboo and reeds. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.772964 119.965208 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14333 2015-02-03T17:03:00Z 2015-02-03T18:45:34Z Rapid development threatening traditional farms, forests in West Papua <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0203-thumb-arfak-ma6.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Through a system of community protected areas and family agricultural rotation, the indigenous people of Demaisi in West Papua have maintained their way of life and the health of the forest for as long as anyone can remember. But now this system is under threat as government-fostered development moves into the region. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.170768 133.887696 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14330 2015-02-02T20:13:00Z 2015-02-02T20:22:26Z Mercury fish: gold mining puts downstream communities at risk in Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1413.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Artisanal, often illegal gold-mining, has swept across portions of the Peruvian Amazon over last decade, driven in part by a rising price in gold. The unregulated industry has resulted in widespread deforestation leading to an environmental disaster. Now a new study finds that mercury pollution has moved rapidly downstream and could be impacting communities at least 560 kilometers away. Jeremy Hance -13.095034 -70.395907 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14326 2015-01-30T17:48:00Z 2015-02-02T19:57:27Z After 10 years vying for protection, Kalimantan community granted legal rights to community forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0130-thumb-Jernih-Setulang-2.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Perseverance, respect for their ancestors, and a knowledge that the clearing of the forest will result in environmental disaster for them have all helped the community remain solidified in their resistance. Instead of selling out, they created a Tana' Ulen, or community forest. Morgan Erickson-Davis 3.424825 116.429937 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14322 2015-01-29T18:21:00Z 2015-01-29T18:22:08Z Sumatran community takes charge to protect its forest, attracts REDD+ attention <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0129-thumb-7-IMG_4029.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Television inspired Syafrizal to act. As he watched report after report of land conflicts exploding in Sumatra and Kalimantan, he realized nobody was safe, and his village might be next. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.685380 100.378791 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14321 2015-01-29T17:53:00Z 2015-02-11T18:22:54Z Community tourism fills niche around Tambopata National Reserve <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222_Tourism-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Víctor Zambrano retired from the military and returned to his family’s old homestead outside the fast-growing jungle town of Puerto Maldonado in Peru, he got an unpleasant surprise. Strangers had moved in and cleared the trees to raise cattle. As Zambrano tells it, he ran up the Peruvian flag, chased the invaders off, and set to work planting 19,000 native tree seedlings. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14304 2015-01-26T15:17:00Z 2015-01-30T16:17:07Z Video: camera trap catches jaguar hunting peccaries Catching a jaguar on a remote camera trap in the Amazon is a rare, happy sight. But catching a jaguar attempting to ambush a herd of peccaries is quite simply astonishing. Jeremy Hance -3.228753 -73.187293 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14302 2015-01-23T17:58:00Z 2015-01-23T17:59:56Z Sumatran community grows crops, aids conservation through ‘village forests’ <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0123-thumb-Buah-kopi-1.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The rolling green hills covered in rice paddies and coffee plantations give Semende in the Muara Enim regency of South Sumatra a welcome and hospitable feeling. However, behind the peaceful pastoral veil, is a history of rampant forest encroachment and land conflict in the Barisan mountains. Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.513941 103.084103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14297 2015-01-22T16:57:00Z 2015-01-22T17:37:59Z Indigenous territories play dual role as homelands and protected areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/manu/Manu_1023_2369a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous communities claim—and scientific evidence increasingly shows—that indigenous forested territories are as well protected as, or better protected than, government-designated parks. In areas under pressure from roads or development projects, deforestation rates are sometimes even lower in indigenous territories than in official protected areas. Tiffany Roufs -12.647074 -69.417415 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14290 2015-01-21T18:36:00Z 2015-01-21T19:11:48Z Sumatran village protects environment through agroforestry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0121-thumb-Bekerja-di-sawah.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The forest behind Indudur village clings to the steep hillside. The topography itself is enough to protect it from most common threats of development. However, the area is under attack by a more pernicious force: a lack of interest by the younger generation in earning their living here. The difficulty of life compels many to migrate out, leaving the village dominated by older people. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.463398 100.552537 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14289 2015-01-21T17:58:00Z 2015-01-21T19:39:33Z Environmental wisdom: keeping indigenous stories alive <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/graphics/0116_lakes_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Enchanted lakes and magic hills: how traditional stories support conservation and abundance. 'Long ago, when animals were <i>gente</i>...' Those words, uttered countless times by indigenous Amazonian storytellers, blur the boundary between humans and other creatures in the forests and rivers, revealing a different view of the way human and non-human worlds intertwine. Tiffany Roufs -4.495995 -73.588057 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14286 2015-01-21T16:45:00Z 2015-01-22T20:52:27Z A model forest? Regional park balances local needs and conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1218_Ampiyacu-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Regional conservation area safeguards subsistence and spirituality in the Peruvian Amazon. For Alfredo Rojas, the history of the remote villages along the Ampiyacu River is one of enslavement. Growing up here, Rojas listened to his parents tell stories of the rubber barons who beat and killed the Indians who failed to meet their latex quota. Tiffany Roufs -2.954219 -72.431055 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14270 2015-01-16T17:50:00Z 2015-01-20T17:40:01Z Sulawesi village seeks protection for sacred forest threatened by development <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0116-thumb-Cerekang5.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Home to some 400 fishermen, Manurung village appears unremarkable at first glance: quiet houses along a winding river lined with boats. However, behind the village lies something remarkable: a tract of old-growth forest nearly untouched by human exploitation. Pensimoni Hill stands as a rare outpost of towering trees rising above freshwater springs that provide clean water and life for the villages below. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.598748 121.206665 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14268 2015-01-15T23:07:00Z 2015-01-16T03:17:18Z Amazon tribe attacks oilfield in Ecuador Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured, reports <i>Andina</i> and <i>El Comercio</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14264 2015-01-15T16:54:00Z 2015-01-20T17:40:37Z Farmers help restore degraded forests in Sulawesi <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0115-2thumb-kalukku02.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Irda tends to his two-hectare timber plantation in Pamulukkang Forest at the base of Tanete Kindo Mountain in West Sulawesi. Unlike some other farmers in Indonesia, he does so without fear of harassment by forest rangers or police. Since 2008, he has been involved in the Community Plantation Forest (HTR) program—an initiative by the Indonesian government to restore degraded lands by encouraging locals to plant and manage commercially sustainable forests. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.174771 119.432373 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14257 2015-01-13T18:41:00Z 2015-01-20T17:41:14Z Forest management by Sulawesi community attracts international attention <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0113-thumb-Ini-adalah-Lobo-rumah-adat-di-Ngata-Toro.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Ngata Toro community in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi worked with the government to remap their lands and negotiate access to the forest. In the year 2000, officials from the national park signed an agreement with Ngata Toro recognizing the existence of indigenous forests, and granting them permission to maintain the forest as they had previously. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.400789 120.171890 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14247 2015-01-09T17:55:00Z 2015-01-20T17:41:42Z Sulawesi community regains access to forest on which it depends <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0109-thumb-Pemukiman-Masyarakat-yang-dikelilingi-Hutan-Desa.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> Recognizing the ecological sensitivity of an area in Central Sulawesi, the Indonesian government established two expansive protected areas in the region. Although these protective measures may be forward-thinking in terms of environmental protection, they had the unfortunate side effect of corralling the residents of the village of Namo on a tiny patch of land, forbidding them from the utilizing the forest resources that once sustained them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.370414 119.959717 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14243 2015-01-08T18:04:00Z 2015-01-20T17:42:08Z Kalimantan community maps forest to thwart timber companies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0108-thumb-b2-lahan-yang-baru-dibuka-oleh-wearga-desa-tetangga.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The small village of Tumbang Bahanei is inhabited by 139 indigenous families that tend to 2,859 hectares of customary forest, 132 hectares of rice fields, 5,841 hectares of rubber forest, and 43 hectares of forest designated for indigenous tourism. In total, this amounts to just over 8,880 hectares. The residents know these numbers precisely, because they have been diligently mapping every corner of their territory in a desperate attempt to prevent it from being snatched up by timber companies. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.065649 113.492505 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14235 2015-01-07T22:01:00Z 2015-01-20T17:42:38Z Sulawesi community vies to maintain rights to forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0107-thumb-Karampuang3.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Around 3,000 people from 833 households live in Tompo Bulu's seven sub-villages. Traditional culture and ritual run thick in this area. The residents of Karampuang believe the area is where the cultures from eastern and western Indonesia first met. Local myth holds that the first leader of the area descended from the sky with a mandate that the locals must maintain their traditional way of life. Morgan Erickson-Davis -4.412137 119.805910 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14233 2015-01-07T18:15:00Z 2015-01-20T17:43:06Z Palm oil threatens community forest in Central Kalimantan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0107-delang-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Delang district is different than many parts of Central Kalimantan. Namely, on the drive in from Nangabulik, you won't see large-scale oil palm plantations, and the forest appears to be well maintained. This is because the locals are keenly aware of the importance of their land at the headwaters of the Lamandau River. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.653947 111.141559 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14226 2015-01-06T22:17:00Z 2015-01-20T17:43:38Z Traditional farming technique preserves soil, forest in Kalimantan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106-thumb-Desa-Patebang-1.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The road winds five kilometers through a thick canopy of trees before ending abruptly at a stream and a small, stout wooden cabin in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Amid, the cabin's owner, proudly explains that he constructed it from local hardwoods—high value trees still readily available in the surrounding hills. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.079942 110.417842 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14222 2015-01-06T18:13:00Z 2015-01-20T17:44:11Z Coffee farmers help protect Flores forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106-thumb-bajawa-kebun-kopi.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Located on the slopes of Inerie Mountain on the island of Flores in Indonesia, farmers in Bajawa and Golewa districts have practiced sustainable agroforestry for generations, producing coffee for export to the U.S. and Europe known as Arabica Flores Bajawa (AFB). Although not as well-known as other specialty coffees in Indonesia, its popularity is increasing, and Ngada regency now produces more than 300 tons of AFB per harvest. Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.890073 121.116466 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14189 2014-12-23T16:55:00Z 2014-12-23T17:07:24Z Conservation conflicting with local ways of life in Mexican reserve <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223_hunting_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although conservation has good intentions, it can give rise to conflicts when the interests of conservationists put local peoples’ livelihoods at stake. A recent study has uncovered an unhappy symbiosis between Mayan subsistence hunters and authorities in Yucatán, Mexico. A lack of understanding and communication about hunting regulations are forcing Mayan hunter societies to alter their traditional ways of living. Tiffany Roufs 20.469914 -90.458852 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14152 2014-12-12T21:51:00Z 2014-12-12T22:30:05Z Conservation and the rights of indigenous communities Many conservationists have long supported local communities and indigenous peoples seeking recognition of their rights to land and natural resources. In addition to being the right thing to do, supporting these local initiatives in land and seascapes across the globe helps strengthen the constituency for conserving healthy wildlife populations, habitats, and natural ecosystems. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14147 2014-12-12T17:57:00Z 2014-12-12T18:25:19Z Indigenous communities 'among the very few best protectors' of Peruvian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1212-thumb-herps_cnh_0269.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report examines the effects of timber harvesting, gold mining, agriculture, and oil and natural gas drilling that have been on the rise recently in the Peruvian Amazon, and states that ensuring indigenous land rights is a key tool in the fight to protect it. Morgan Erickson-Davis -4.191016 -73.965620 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14144 2014-12-11T17:10:00Z 2014-12-11T21:33:52Z New film highlights local resistance to Nicaragua's canal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1211.grancanal._DSC0638.150jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This fall, filmmakers Tom Miller and Nuin-Tara Key with Pretty Good Productions found themselves in Nicaragua where they heard about a stunning project: the Gran Canal. Approved last year, the canal is meant to compete with the Panama Canal to the south. Built by a Chinese company, it will cut through 278 kilometers, destroying forests and driving through the largest freshwater body in Central America. Jeremy Hance 12.163097 -83.692639 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14135 2014-12-10T06:38:00Z 2014-12-10T06:51:34Z Deforestation puts cultural survival of forest-dependent peoples at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1210-peru-massacre150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest-dependent peoples face grave threats from deforestation and other depredations, warns a new report that urges greater recognition of traditional land use and support of community-led initiatives to fight forest loss. The report, published Monday during climate talks in Lima, is based on research by dozens of indigenous and forest communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14128 2014-12-08T17:06:00Z 2015-06-18T02:12:51Z Indigenous leader murdered before he could attend Climate Summit <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1207.Hombre_Shuar.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Days before José Isidro Tendetza Antún was supposed to travel to the UN Climate Summit in Lima to publicly file a complaint against a massive mining operation, he went missing. Now, the Guardian reports that the body of the Shuar indigenous leader has been found, bound and buried in an unmarked grave on the banks of the Zamora River. Jeremy Hance -3.576019 -78.485306 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14122 2014-12-05T17:51:00Z 2015-02-06T15:11:26Z How an indigenous community in Ecuador stood up to big oil - and won <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1205-thumb-Gualinga.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Sarayaku, a Kichwa indigenous people numbering 1,200 from the Ecuadorian Amazon, won a historic court case in 2012. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the government of Ecuador must publicly apologize, consult with, and recompense the Sarayaku for allowing oil exploration by Argentine Compañia General de Combustibles on their territory without prior consultation Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.867031 -78.073814 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14115 2014-12-04T21:26:00Z 2014-12-30T22:26:03Z Giant stone face unveiled in the Amazon rainforest (video) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1204.stoneface.1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new short film documents the journey of an indigenous tribe hiking deep into their territory in the Peruvian Amazon to encounter a mysterious stone countenance that was allegedly carved by ancient peoples. According to Handcrafted Films, which produced the documentary entitled The Reunion, this was the first time the Rostro Harakbut has been filmed. Jeremy Hance -12.820287 -71.013726 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14110 2014-12-04T16:11:00Z 2014-12-11T16:37:27Z Is the Gran Canal really a 'big Christmas present' for Nicaraguans? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0827.800px-Volcanic_Island.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>"A big Christmas present"&#8212;that is how Paul Oquist, an advisor to Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, described the country's plan to build a mega-canal across the nation. Preliminary construction on the canal is set to begin December 24th, despite major concerns over environmental destruction, forced removal of thousands of people, and a lack of transparency. Jeremy Hance 11.973290 -83.883255 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14077 2014-11-26T23:06:00Z 2014-12-01T17:36:27Z What we can learn from uncontacted rainforest tribes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1126-mark-plotkin-ted150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you have ever wondered about the connection between hallucinogenic frogs, uncontacted peoples, conservation, and climate change &#8212; and who hasn't? &#8212; check out this TED talk from ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin. An ethnobotanist by training, Plotkin serves as President of the Amazon Conservation Team. Plotkin took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Mongabay. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14052 2014-11-20T19:14:00Z 2014-12-08T17:42:49Z Developing land without approval of local people 'a human rights issue of grave concern,' says new report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/willoq/Willoq_1018_0712.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Throughout the tropics, staggering amounts of land have been designated for natural resource extraction—as much as 40 percent of Peru, 30 percent of Indonesia and 35 percent of Liberia. However, much of this land is already in use; it is being inhabited by local communities and indigenous peoples. And while it is possible to live on and extract resources from the same land, when local communities are not consulted in this exchange, conflict may erupt. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.655851 109.998371 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14041 2014-11-18T22:39:00Z 2015-06-18T02:13:10Z A tale of 2 Perus: Climate Summit host, 57 murdered environmentalists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1118.800px-Asha%CC%81ninka.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On September 1st, indigenous activist, Edwin Chota, and three other indigenous leaders were gunned down and their bodies thrown into rivers. Chota, an internationally-known leader of the Asháninka in Peru, had warned several times that his life was on the line for his vocal stance against the destruction of his peoples' forests, yet the Peruvian government did nothing to protect him&#8212;or others. Jeremy Hance -14.153426 -69.134704 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14040 2014-11-18T19:26:00Z 2014-12-08T17:36:18Z Disappearing oasis: northeastern India losing forests as people move in <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1118-thumb-rhino-assam-lip-kee.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Northeastern India is part of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, one of the megadiverse areas of the world. The region boasts more than 60 percent forest cover, compared to the 15 percent for India as a whole. However, not all is pristine when one visits areas designated as forest on the map. Morgan Erickson-Davis 26.444599 90.739560 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14025 2014-11-16T18:05:00Z 2015-01-20T03:30:11Z An end to unjust conservation? (commentary) In September 2014, events took place in three different parts of the world, which together highlight the multifaceted relationship between human rights and conservation. First, in New York, the UN General Assembly adopted the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13987 2014-11-06T18:51:00Z 2014-11-09T16:52:49Z Indigenous uprising earned tribe territories, but greatest challenges lie ahead <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1007_panama_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1925, Nele Kantule led a revolution that would make Guna Yala an independent and sovereign indigenous territory within Panama. Since then, the Guna have maintained a way of life that has allowed them to preserve their natural resources and mainland forest to an exceptional degree. But today, like many indigenous groups around the world, the Guna face some of their greatest challenges yet: the impacts of climate change, encroaching outside influences, and a younger generation that many elders feel is drifting from its roots. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13983 2014-11-06T02:51:00Z 2014-11-12T03:23:37Z Brazilian tribes demarcate territory in bid to block dams <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1105brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous communities in Brazil have taken the unusual step of demarcating their own land &#8212; without the approval of the Brazilian government &#8212; in a bid to block two dams they say threaten their territory and traditional livelihoods, report International Rivers and Amazon Watch, advocacy groups that are fighting the projects. Last week the Munduruku people annexed the 178,000-hectare Sawré Muybu territory after authorities failed to recognize their claims. Rhett Butler -5.216776 -56.9245 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13968 2014-10-31T19:10:00Z 2014-11-07T16:26:48Z Between the Forest and the Sea: The Yarsuisuit Collective - Part II <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1031_01_guerra_kuna_yala150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In this multimedia piece by SRI fellow Bear Guerra, we follow Andrés de León and the Yarsuisuit collective, a group of men who grow and harvest food sustainably in the Guna mainland forest. They also run a store on the island of Ustupu that helps support their families, serving as a model for the wider community. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13957 2014-10-29T19:57:00Z 2015-01-20T03:29:49Z Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary) A few weeks ago, a remote aboriginal community in western Australia made headlines when it completed the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) containing over 4.2 million hectares of desert and grassland. The Kiwirrkurra IPA, as the area is known, is billed as the largest protected expanse of arid land on Earth. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13947 2014-10-27T18:19:00Z 2014-11-07T16:26:06Z Between the forest and the sea: life and climate change in Guna Yala - Part I <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0904_04_guerra_kuna_yala150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The island-dwelling Guna people of Panama are one of the most sovereign indigenous communities in the world, but now severe weather and sea level rise are causing regular flooding on many of the islands, and will likely force the Guna to have to abandon their island homes for the mainland. This multimedia piece offers an introduction to everyday life and customs in Guna Yala and touches upon the uncertain future the Guna are now facing thanks to the impacts of climate change. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13944 2014-10-27T12:46:00Z 2014-10-27T12:55:10Z Scientific association calls on Nicaragua to scrap its Gran Canal ATBC&#8212;the world's largest association of tropical biologists and conservationists&#8212;has advised Nicaragua to halt its ambitious plan to build a massive canal across the country. The ATBC warns that the Chinese-backed canal, also known as the Gran Canal, will have devastating impacts on Nicaragua's water security, its forests and wildlife, and local people. Jeremy Hance 11.456933 -85.501372 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13928 2014-10-21T17:05:00Z 2014-11-06T17:55:34Z Top scientists raise concerns over commercial logging on Woodlark Island <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0428.woodlark.beach.IMG_0163.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A number of the world's top conservation scientists have raised concerns about plans for commercial logging on Woodlark Island, a hugely biodiverse rainforest island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The scientists, with the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers (ALERT), warn that commercial logging on the island could imperil the island's stunning local species and its indigenous people. Jeremy Hance -9.1579 152.779 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13884 2014-10-07T17:14:00Z 2015-01-20T03:29:21Z An impossible balancing act? Forests benefit from isolation, but at cost to local communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923_anna_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The indigenous people of the Amazon live in areas that house many of the Amazon’s diverse species. The Rupununi region of Guyana is one such area, with approximately 20,000 Makushi and Wapishana people living in isolation. According to a recent study published in Environmental Modelling & Software, a simulation model revealed a link between growing indigenous populations and gradual local resource depletion. Tiffany Roufs 3.930703 -59.092860 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13832 2014-09-24T20:56:00Z 2014-11-06T17:52:52Z Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/manu_0728.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>From the Andes to the Amazon, Peru houses some of the world's most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside world. And even as scientists have identified tens-of-thousands of species that make their homes from the leaf litter to the canopy. Jeremy Hance -13.256860 -68.993973 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13811 2014-09-22T13:36:00Z 2014-09-23T00:10:27Z Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/plullulaeopti.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Woodlark Island is a rare place on the planet today. This small island off the coast Papua New Guinea is still covered in rich tropical forest, an ecosystem shared for thousands of years between tribal peoples and a plethora of species, including at least 42 found no-where else. Yet, like many such wildernesses, Woodlark Island is now facing major changes: not the least of them is a plan to log half of the island. Jeremy Hance -9.038617 152.610839 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13802 2014-09-19T05:16:00Z 2014-09-19T05:42:12Z Brazil cancels Tapajos dam auction due to indigenous concerns Brazilian authorities have suspended the auction of the centerpiece of the massive Tapajos hydroelectric complex, reports Agencia Brasil. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13799 2014-09-18T19:26:00Z 2014-11-06T17:07:32Z Legislation protecting Indonesia's indigenous communities is not good enough, says advocacy group <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0918-fronds-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Approaching final legalization, an advocacy group for Indonesia’s indigenous communities has asked to postpone passing a bill granting protections to indigenous people, stating some demands still need to be addressed. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.471485 100.315548 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13794 2014-09-18T15:35:00Z 2014-11-10T20:11:01Z The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/colombia_1160.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world's forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) finds that same amount of money could have secured the legal rights of indigenous and local people to 450 million hectares of forest, an area 40 percent larger than India. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13793 2014-09-17T19:46:00Z 2015-06-18T02:13:29Z 'The green Amazon is red with indigenous blood': authorities pull bodies from river that may have belonged to slain leaders Peruvian authorities have pulled more human remains from a remote river in the Amazon, which may belong to one of the four murdered Ashaninka natives killed on September 1st. It is believed the four Ashaninka men, including renowned leader Edwin Chota Valera, were assassinated for speaking up against illegal logging on their traditional lands. Jeremy Hance -10.433375 -71.573146 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13755 2014-09-08T21:03:00Z 2014-09-09T16:25:14Z 4 Ashaninka tribesmen killed by loggers in Peru One of those killed was Edwin Chota, the leader of the Alto Tamaya-Saweto indigenous community who won fame for fighting illegal loggers. As such, Chota was a top target for assassination, according to a conservationist familiar with the situation. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13737 2014-09-04T16:45:00Z 2014-09-08T16:42:57Z REDD+ versus indigenous people? Why a tribe in Panama rejected pay for their carbon-rich forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0904_04_guerra_kuna_yala150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There isn’t a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD+. Standing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD+ is the worldwide UN-backed climate change mitigation scheme that relies on carbon trading within forest landscapes to fund forest conservation programs. And yet, since 2008, the Kuna people have been hearing lots about it and referring to it often in their private conversations. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13719 2014-08-27T18:52:00Z 2014-11-06T17:48:27Z The Gran Canal: will Nicaragua's big bet create prosperity or environmental ruin? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0827.800px-Volcanic_Island.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A hundred years ago, the Panama Canal reshaped global geography. Now a new project, spearheaded by a media-shy Chinese millionaire, wants to build a 278-kilometer canal through Nicaragua. While the government argues the mega-project will change the country's dire economic outlook overnight, critics contend it will cause undue environmental damage, upend numerous communities, and do little to help local people. Jeremy Hance 11.392321 -85.465667 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13717 2014-08-26T20:18:00Z 2014-12-30T22:34:37Z How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/sabah_1454.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests&#8212;also known as old-growth forests&#8212;are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it. Jeremy Hance 5.159093 116.924597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13709 2014-08-22T21:56:00Z 2014-08-22T22:07:08Z Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_0709.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president. Rhett Butler -0.899125 119.834549 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13653 2014-08-12T16:13:00Z 2015-01-20T03:28:55Z An untapped resource: new study finds local people may trump scientists at biodiversity surveys <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0812-harpy-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Figuring out what species live in a given area is important to the determination of its conservation importance. Traditionally, these biodiversity assessments have been done directly by scientists via surveys, which can be very time-intensive and expensive. However, a new study found that interviewing people in local communities who are familiar with the species of their regions could be just as effective – and much cheaper. Morgan Erickson-Davis 14.141315 -85.023882 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13645 2014-08-11T14:30:00Z 2014-08-12T13:18:37Z Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0811.children.4-Future.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever: in fact a recent study found that the island has lost 30 percent of its total forest cover since 1973. In the face of this large-scale environmental destruction, a new study finds that Indonesian Borneo's children have a pessimistic view of their future. Jeremy Hance -0.910536 114.307703 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13618 2014-07-31T19:44:00Z 2014-07-31T19:46:19Z Brazil releases video showing first contact with rainforest tribe The Brazilian government has released footage showing 'first contact' with an isolated group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13576 2014-07-23T19:14:00Z 2014-07-29T19:41:54Z Peru slashes environmental protections to attract more mining and fossil fuel investment <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_0166.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In an effort to kickstart investment in mining and fossil fuels, Peru has passed a controversial law that overturns many of its environmental protections and essentially defangs its Ministry of Environment. The new law has environmentalists not only concerned about its impact on the country but also that the measures will undermine progress at the up-coming UN Climate Summit in December. Jeremy Hance -13.018651 -70.498686 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13491 2014-07-03T19:54:00Z 2014-07-09T13:53:21Z A fine line: new program predicts when human impact becomes too much <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0703-indi-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists at Stanford University recently unveiled a new modeling program that can predict the response of the environment to the land-use changes of human communities. Using their model, they found that natural resources can support humanity – up to a certain point. Morgan Erickson-Davis 4.348802 102.839584