tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/tribal%20groups1 tribal groups news from mongabay.com 2014-08-27T19:23:12Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13719 2014-08-27T18:52:00Z 2014-08-27T19:23:12Z 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/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/13412 2014-06-19T13:10:00Z 2014-06-19T13:25:25Z Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0619.uncontactedribe.govbrasil.closeup.72099.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2008, images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil created ripples. With bodies painted in bright colors, members of the tribe aimed their arrows at a Brazilian government plane flying overhead, occupants of which were attempting to photograph the tribe to prove their existence. Now, a new study has found another way to survey such tribes safely and remotely&#8212;using satellite images. Jeremy Hance -5.525416 -72.670248 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13326 2014-06-02T16:40:00Z 2014-06-02T16:54:29Z After throwing out referendum, Ecuador approves oil drilling in Yasuni's embattled heart By 2016, oil drilling will begin in what scientists believe is the most biodiverse place on the planet: remote Yasuni National Park. Late last month, Ecuador announced it had approved permits for oil drilling in Yasuni's Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputinin (ITT) block, an untouched swathe of primary rainforest covering around 100,000 hectares or about 10 percent of the park. Jeremy Hance -1.088304 -75.487242 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13232 2014-05-15T20:29:00Z 2014-05-15T20:44:56Z 53 indigenous activists on trial for police-protester massacre in Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1639.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the summer of 2009, on a highway in Peru known as Devil's Curve: everything went wrong. For months, indigenous groups had protested new laws by then President Alan Garcia opening up the Amazon to deregulated logging, fossil fuels, and other extractive industries as a part of free trade agreements with the U.S. Jeremy Hance -12.050560 -77.039993 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13150 2014-04-29T15:58:00Z 2014-04-29T19:01:13Z Papua New Guinea pledges to cancel massive land grabs by timber companies Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, released a statement last week saying that hugely controversial land leases under the country's Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs) will be cancelled if they are found to be run for extracting timber. Jeremy Hance -4.076401 141.427226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13145 2014-04-28T18:39:00Z 2014-04-28T19:02:46Z Loggers plan to clear 20 percent of tropical island paradise <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0428.woodlark.tree.Forest.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Seven years ago, a palm oil company set its eyes on Woodlark Island&#8212;a small rainforest island nearly 200 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea&#8212;but was rebuked by the local populace. But locals and conservationists who spoke to mongabay.com at the time felt that wouldn't be the end of it: they were right. Recently, a company, Karridale Limited, has landed machinery on the island. Jeremy Hance -9.145404 152.812027 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13116 2014-04-22T15:30:00Z 2014-04-22T15:40:30Z Illegal logging makes up 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's timber industry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_5011.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities. Jeremy Hance -6.843058 145.777812 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13103 2014-04-21T16:28:00Z 2014-04-23T19:17:34Z Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/colombia_0864.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The barbecued leg of a spider monkey might not be your idea of a sumptuous dinner, but to the Matsés or one of the fifteen tribes in voluntary isolation in Peru, it is the result of a successful hunt and a proud moment for the hunter's family. However, a spider monkey tends to have only a single infant once every 30 months, which necessarily limits the number of adult monkeys available to subsistence hunters. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13086 2014-04-16T16:20:00Z 2014-04-16T16:38:58Z Ecuador will have referendum on fate of Yasuni after activists collect over 700,000 signatures In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. Jeremy Hance -1.438883 -76.068026 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13023 2014-04-02T19:46:00Z 2014-04-02T19:55:09Z Featured video: celebrities speak out for Yasuni A group of celebrities, including recent Academy Award winner Jared Leto, <i>Law and Order</i>'s Benjamin Bratt, and <i>Kill Bill</i>'s Daryl Hannah, have lent their voices to a new Public Service Announcement to raise signatures to protect Ecuador's Yasuni National Park from oil drilling. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13017 2014-04-01T18:04:00Z 2014-04-10T13:20:01Z Ten years after Lost Africa: a retrospective on indigenous issues <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0401.e_hmr_02_MR.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ten years ago, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson photographed and wrote, a tribute to the expansive imagination of Africa's vast landscape, incredible people, and astonishing animals. As Marie and Cyril tell us below in this interview, now is the time to listen, consider, and conserve our ecology and our cultural relationships with the ecology that supports us each day. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12959 2014-03-20T19:27:00Z 2014-03-21T13:42:24Z Oil or rainforest: new website highlights the plight of Yasuni National Park A new multimedia feature story by Brazilian environmental news group, ((o))eco, highlights the ongoing debate over Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, arguably the most biodiverse place on the planet. Jeremy Hance -1.425451 -75.992689 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12950 2014-03-19T17:28:00Z 2014-03-19T17:31:10Z Featured video: indigenous tribe faces loggers, ranchers, and murder in bid to save their forests A new short film, entitled <i>La Trocha</i>, highlights the plight of the Wounaan people in Panama, who are fighting for legal rights to their forests even as loggers and ranchers carve it up. The conflict turned violent in 2012 when local chief, Aquilo Puchicama, was shot dead by loggers. Jeremy Hance 8.041062 -81.577309 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12917 2014-03-12T16:24:00Z 2014-03-12T18:28:23Z New web tool aims to help indigenous groups protect forests and navigate REDD+ A new online tool, dubbed ForestDefender, aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights in regard to forests. The database, developed by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), brings together vast amounts of legal information&#8212;both national and international&#8212;on over 50 countries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12762 2014-02-11T20:33:00Z 2014-02-20T19:01:55Z Helping the Amazon's 'Jaguar People' protect their culture and traditional wisdom <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/matses150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tribes in the Amazon are increasingly exposed to the outside world by choice or circumstance. The fallout of outside contact has rarely been anything less than catastrophic, resulting in untold extinction of hundreds of tribes over the centuries. For ones that survived the devastation of introduced disease and conquest, the process of acculturation transformed once proud cultures into fragmented remnants, their self-sufficiency and social cohesion stripped away, left to struggle in a new world marked by poverty and external dependence Rhett Butler -9.524914 -73.478279 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12596 2014-01-06T13:35:00Z 2014-02-20T19:13:53Z Brazil begins evicting illegal settlers from hugely-imperiled indigenous reserve Months after closing sawmills on the fringes of an indigenous reserve for the hugely-imperiled Awá people, the Brazil government has now moved into the reserve itself to evict illegal settlers in the eastern Amazon. According to the NGO Survival International, Brazil has sent in the military and other government agents to deal with massive illegal settlements on Awá land for logging or cattle. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12528 2013-12-16T22:30:00Z 2014-01-19T03:05:14Z Scientists make one of the biggest animal discoveries of the century - a new tapir <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1216.newtapir.SUNP0052.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In what will likely be considered one of the biggest (literally) zoological discoveries of the Twenty-First Century, scientists today announced they have discovered a new species of tapir in Brazil and Colombia. The new mammal, hidden from science but known to local indigenous tribes, is actually one of the biggest animals on the continent, although it's still the smallest living tapir. Described in the Journal of Mammology, the scientists have named the new tapir Tapirus kabomani after the name for 'tapir' in the local Paumari language: Arabo kabomani. Jeremy Hance -4.609278 -69.810333 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12500 2013-12-10T16:38:00Z 2013-12-10T17:06:59Z Ecuador's government shuts down indigenous rights organization over oil battle Last Wednesday, the government of Ecuador shutdown the indigenous rights NGO, Fundación Pachamama, in Quito over the group's opposition to oil drilling in indigenous areas. More than a dozen government officials showed up at Pachamama's office with a resolution by the Ministry of Environment that officially dissolved the organization, the first such moved by the government which in June passed an Executive Decree that tightened governmental oversight of the country's NGOs. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12362 2013-11-12T16:25:00Z 2013-11-12T16:42:13Z Murum dam blockaders may be suffering human rights violations warns NGOs A coalition of nearly 30 organizations has sent a letter to top authorities in Sarawak and Malaysia warning them of possible human right violations against a group of indigenous Penan who are blocking roads to the construction site for Murum Dam. Over 100 indigenous people have been blocking a road for over a month as they demand more compensation and land after being forced to move from their traditional lands to make way for the 900 megawatt dam. Jeremy Hance 2.135659 111.27697 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12182 2013-10-10T13:19:00Z 2014-02-22T02:04:15Z Tapirs, drug-trafficking, and eco-police: practicing conservation amidst chaos in Nicaragua <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/jordan.PICT0021.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nicaragua is a nation still suffering from deep poverty, a free-flowing drug trade, and festering war-wounds after decades of internecine fighting. However, like any country that has been largely defined by its conflicts, Nicaragua possesses surprises that overturn conventional wisdom. Not the least of which is that the Central American country is still home to big, stunning species, including jaguars, giant anteaters, pumas, and the nation's heaviest animal, the Baird's tapir (<i>Tapirus bairdii</i>). Still, not surprisingly given the nation's instability, most conservationists have avoided Nicaragua. But tapir-expert Christopher Jordan, who has worked in the country for over four years, says he wouldn't have it any other way. Jeremy Hance 13.982629 -83.465123 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12148 2013-09-30T14:24:00Z 2013-10-02T18:58:40Z Samburu's lions: how the big cats could make a comeback in Kenya <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/ewaso.DSC_0584.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2009 conservationists estimated that less than 2,000 lions survive in Kenya, a drop of 26 percent in just seven years. In addition, the East Africa country continues to hemorrhage lions: around a hundred a year. Poaching, poisoning, and large-scale habitat loss has put lions on the defensive across Africa, but even countries once thought lion strongholds--like Kenya--have seen populations harried to devastation and in some cases local extinction. Shivani Bhalla, a fourth-generation Kenyan, is working to turnaround this trend in Samburu National Reserve. Jeremy Hance 0.615244 37.532769 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12071 2013-09-12T19:50:00Z 2013-09-12T19:54:51Z Indigenous people of Honduras granted one million hectares of rainforest One-hundred and fifty years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never fully respected--the government of Honduras has officially handed over nearly a million hectares (970,000 hectares) of tropical forest along the Caribbean Coast to the indigenous people. The Miskito are found along the eastern coast of both Honduras and Nicaragua and number around 200,000. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12050 2013-09-10T23:51:00Z 2013-09-11T05:09:03Z Japanese firms buying illegal timber from Malaysia’s endangered rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0910sarawak-man150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Japanese companies are failing to keep illegally logged timber from entering their supply chains, international human rights and environmental watchdog Global Witness said in a report released today. The report links several major Japanese firms to logging companies that are destroying tropical rainforests in Malaysian Borneo through illegal and destructive logging practices in Sarawak province. Rhett Butler 2.775708 113.798704 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12036 2013-09-10T13:57:00Z 2013-09-11T12:34:54Z Protecting predators in the wildest landscape you've never heard of <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0910.DSC_3198lion2bw-.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Serengeti, the Congo, the Okavango Delta: many of Africa's great wildernesses are household names, however on a continent that never fails to surprise remain vast wild lands practically unknown to the global public. One of these is the Ruaha landscape: covering 51,800 square kilometers (20,000 square miles) of southern Tanzania's woodlands and savannah, Ruaha contains the largest population of elephants in East Africa, over 500 bird species, and a wealth of iconic top predators, including cheetah, hyena, wild dogs, leopard, and&#8212;the jewel in its crown&#8212;10 percent of the world's lions. But that's not all, one of Africa's least-known and secretive tribal groups, the Barabaig, also calls Ruaha home. Jeremy Hance -7.490133 35.01646 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11962 2013-08-26T18:47:00Z 2013-08-26T19:01:38Z Isolated Amazonian tribe makes another appearance in Peru (video) Over 100 members of a voluntarily isolated tribe emerged from the jungles of Peru in a rare appearance on the Las Piedras River across from the a Yine Indian community in late June. Belonging to the Mascho-Piro Indians, members of the "uncontacted" tribe are occasionally seen on riverbanks during the dry season, but appearances in such numbers and so close to a local community was unprecedented. Jeremy Hance -12.246747 -69.2799 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11961 2013-08-26T16:41:00Z 2013-08-26T17:01:55Z Yasuni could still be spared oil drilling <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/ecuador/Yasuni.150/Yasuni_149.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Ecuadorean President, Rafael Correa, announced on August 15th that he was abandoning an innovative program to spare three blocs of Yasuni National Park from oil drilling, it seemed like the world had tossed away its most biodiverse ecosystem. However, environmental groups and activists quickly responded that there may be another way to keep oil companies out of Yasuni's Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) blocs: a national referendum. Jeremy Hance -1.183693 -75.605621 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11954 2013-08-23T13:29:00Z 2013-08-23T16:25:17Z Overpopulation and grazing imperils nomadic lifestyle and wildlife in Ladakh <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0822-nomads150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the unforgivingly cold, arid and harsh high-altitude regions of Central Asia, nomadic herders have survived for several centuries. Guided by a keen understanding of the environment they live in, they move constantly with their livestock, following trails of fresh pastures and ‘settling down’ only briefly. Surrendering their destiny to the whims of nature, these free spirited wanderers seem unshakeable. Tiffany Roufs 34.016242 78.02124 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11799 2013-07-22T14:12:00Z 2013-08-12T23:21:49Z Weak laws governing Malaysia's indigenous people complicate conservation efforts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0722.orangasli.P1000684.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The balance between biodiversity conservation, land acquisition, natural resource utilization and indigenous peoples is often wrought with conflict. Legislation governing the use of natural resources should ideally protect biodiversity and address the needs of indigenous peoples, but in many places, falls short of these ambitions. In a recent study published in Biodiversity Conservation, researchers examined the weaknesses in select natural resource laws that affect the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia, and compared these laws with data on a specific group of indigenous people’s use of natural resources, collected through questionnaires. In addition to suggesting potential solutions to address legislative weaknesses, the researchers make a strong case for why natural resource legislation is a matter of concern for conservationists. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11788 2013-07-18T19:37:00Z 2013-07-20T00:32:32Z Brazil's military takes on illegal loggers to protect nearly-extinct tribe Brazil has launched a military campaign to evict illegal loggers working from the fringes of an indigenous reserve home to the Awá people, reports Survival International. Inhabiting the Amazon rainforest in northeastern Brazil, only around 450 Awá, also known as Guajá, survive today, and around a quarter of these have chosen voluntary isolation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11768 2013-07-15T13:47:00Z 2013-07-15T14:04:28Z Featured video: Indonesian community uses mapping to fight palm oil takeover Communities across Indonesia are facing the questions: palm oil or no? A new short documentary <i>Mapping our Future</i> explores the issue through one community's efforts in West Kalimantan to map our their ancestral lands as they attempt to take control of their future. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11551 2013-06-05T22:41:00Z 2013-06-05T23:30:36Z Saving the Tenkile: an expedition to protect one of the most endangered animals you've never heard of <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0605.1367759602.tenkile.png.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The tenkile, or the Scott’s tree kangaroo (<i>Dendrolagus scottae</i>) could be a cross between a koala bear and a puppy. With it’s fuzzy dark fur, long tail and snout, and tiny ears, it’s difficult to imagine a more adorable animal. It’s also difficult to imagine that the tenkile is one of the most endangered species on Earth: only an estimated 300 remain. According to the Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA), the tenkile’s trouble stems from a sharp increase of human settlements in the Torricelli mountain range. Once relatively isolated, the tenkile now struggles to avoid hunters and towns while still having sufficient range to live in. Jeremy Hance -3.006813 141.901073 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11497 2013-05-28T19:03:00Z 2013-05-28T20:37:39Z Indigenous sacred sites now qualify as protected areas in Colombia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0528kogi150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The first indigenous sacred site set aside under a new category of protected area in Colombia has been established in the northeastern part of the South American country. The development is significant because it could spur other indigenous sacred sites in Colombia to be granted protected status. Rhett Butler 11.271388 -73.322804 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11467 2013-05-22T17:02:00Z 2013-05-22T17:25:41Z Indigenous groups protest hydropower congress as controversy hits meeting in Malaysia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0522.saveriverprotests.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The opening of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress in the Malaysian state of Sarawak was marred today by indigenous protests and controversy after a local indigenous leader was barred from attending a pre-conference workshop. Over 300 people from local indigenous people protested the ongoing construction of around a dozen mega-dams in the state that threaten to flood traditional lands, force villages to move, and upend lives in the state. The Sarawak hydropower plans are some of the most controversial in the world&#8212;making the choice of Kuching, Sarawak for the IHA meeting an arguably ironic one&#8212;with critics contending that the dams are have been mired in political corruption, including kickbacks and bribes. IHA brings together dam builders, banks, and various related organizations worldwide every two years. Jeremy Hance 1.54202 110.320358 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11453 2013-05-20T12:27:00Z 2013-05-20T12:44:12Z Peru delays oil drilling in the Amazon to consult with indigenous peoples Peru has delayed auctioning off 27 oil blocs in the Amazon in order to conduct legally-required consultations with indigenous groups in the region, reports the Guardian. Perupetro S.A., Peru's state oil and gas company, has announced it will auction 9 blocs off the Pacific coast, but will hold auctioning off the controversial oil blocs in the Amazon rainforest at least until later this year. Jeremy Hance -10.466206 -71.326905 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11443 2013-05-16T14:08:00Z 2013-05-19T03:58:31Z NGO: conflict of interests behind Peruvian highway proposal in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0516.map.highway.peru.globalwitness.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As Peru's legislature debates the merits of building the Purús highway through the Amazon rainforest, a new report by Global Witness alleges that the project has been aggressively pushed by those with a financial stake in opening up the remote area to logging and mining. Roads built in the Amazon lead to spikes in deforestation, mining, poaching and other extractive activities as remote areas become suddenly accessible. The road in question would cut through parts of the Peruvian Amazon rich in biodiversity and home to indigenous tribes who have chosen to live in "voluntary isolation." Jeremy Hance -9.688752 -70.695877 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11378 2013-05-06T16:26:00Z 2013-05-06T16:37:59Z Central America's largest forest under siege by colonists In the last four years, invading land speculators and peasants have destroyed 150,000 hectares (370,000 acres) of rainforest in Nicaragua's Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, according to the Mayangna and Miskito indigenous peoples who call this forest home. Although Nicaragua recognized the land rights of the indigenous people in 2007, the tribes say the government has not done near-enough to keep illegal settlers out despite recent eviction efforts. Jeremy Hance 14.227113 -84.994583 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11327 2013-04-30T21:46:00Z 2013-04-30T22:07:57Z Indigenous tribes say effects of climate change already felt in Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0430wren-shaman-1-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tribal groups in Earth's largest rainforest are already being affected by shifts wrought by climate change, reports a paper published last week in the British journal <i>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.</i> The paper, which is based on a collection of interviews conducted with indigenous leaders in the Brazilian Amazon, says that native populations are reporting shifts in precipitation patterns, humidity, river levels, temperature, and fire and agricultural cycles. These shifts, measured against celestial timing used by indigenous groups, are affecting traditional ways of life that date back thousands of years. Rhett Butler -11.275387 -53.283691 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11303 2013-04-25T17:54:00Z 2013-04-25T18:06:59Z Amazon: the world's greatest rainforest or internet giant? When you see the word "Amazon", what's the first thing that springs to mind&#8212;the world's biggest forest, the longest river or the largest internet retailer&#8212;and which do you consider most important? These questions have risen to the fore in an arcane, but hugely important, debate about how to redraw the boundaries of the internet. Brazil and Peru have lodged objections to a bid made by the US e-commerce giant for a prime new piece of cyberspace: ".amazon". Jeremy Hance -1.801461 -70.303345 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11288 2013-04-23T13:10:00Z 2013-04-23T13:13:18Z Featured video: Earth Day message from indigenous tribes in the Peruvian Amazon A new video by Alianza Arkana includes an Earth Day message from the indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon who are facing the existential threats of logging and fossil fuel development on their traditional lands. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11253 2013-04-17T15:05:00Z 2013-04-17T15:42:04Z Judge halts military-backed dam assessment in Brazil's Amazon A federal court in Brazil has suspended the use of military and police personnel during technical research on the controversial São Luíz do Tapajós Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. The military and police were brought in to stamp down protests from indigenous people living along the Tapajós River, but the judge decreed that impacted indigenous groups must give free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) before any furter studies can be done on the proposed dam. However, the decision is expected to be appealed. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11177 2013-04-08T12:35:00Z 2013-04-08T12:45:45Z Indigenous group: Brazil using military to force Amazon dams <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_1873.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An Amazonian community has threatened to "go to war" with the Brazilian government after what they say is a military incursion into their land by dam builders. The Munduruku indigenous group in Para state say they have been betrayed by the authorities, who are pushing ahead with plans to build a cascade of hydropower plants on the Tapajós river without their permission. Jeremy Hance -3.381824 -55.230103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11164 2013-04-04T14:32:00Z 2013-04-04T20:33:36Z An insidious threat to tropical forests: over-hunting endangers tree species in Asia and Africa <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/sabah_3131.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A fruit falls to the floor in a rainforest. It waits. And waits. Inside the fruit is a seed, and like most seeds in tropical forests, this one needs an animal&#8212;a good-sized animal&#8212;to move it to a new place where it can germinate and grow. But it may be waiting in vain. Hunting and poaching has decimated many mammal and bird populations across the tropics, and according to two new studies the loss of these important seed-disperser are imperiling the very nature of rainforests. Jeremy Hance 4.199107 114.041848 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11156 2013-04-03T14:38:00Z 2013-04-03T14:54:01Z Infamous elephant poacher turns cannibal in the Congo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/deadokapi.okapi.unesco.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Early on a Sunday morning last summer, the villagers of Epulu awoke to the sounds of shots and screaming. In the eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that can often mean another round of violence and ethnic murder is under way. In this case, however, something even more horrific was afoot. Jeremy Hance 1.402462 28.572299 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11121 2013-03-26T21:51:00Z 2013-03-26T22:06:43Z After decades of turning a blind eye, Peru declares state of emergency due to oil contamination in Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_0495.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Peruvian government has declared an environmental state of emergency after finding elevated levels of lead, barium, and chromium in the Pastaza River in the Amazon jungle, reports the Associated Press. Indigenous peoples in the area have been complaining for decades of widespread contamination from oil drilling, but this is the first time the Peruvian government has acknowledged their concerns. Currently 84 percent of the Peruvian Amazon is covered by potential oil blocs, leading to conflict with indigenous people and environmental degradation. Jeremy Hance -2.575769 -76.663313 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11118 2013-03-26T15:55:00Z 2013-03-26T16:06:02Z NGO says Malaysian regulators should shut down two Sarawak companies after damning video The fallout from a video by Global Witness exposing widespread corruption in Sarawak continues, as the Bruno Manser Fund, a European NGO, has called on the Companies Commission of Malaysia to "dereigster" land corporations highlighted in the video. The video purports to connect the head of Sarawak, Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, to illegal land deals on indigenous territory. Jeremy Hance 1.510445 110.346222 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11099 2013-03-25T17:34:00Z 2013-03-25T17:44:09Z Indigenous protester killed by masked assailants in Panama over UN-condemned dam <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0325.boulders.panamadam.DSCF1153.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A Ngäbe indigenous Panamanian, Onesimo Rodriguez, opposing the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam project was killed last Friday evening by four masked men. His body was then thrown into a nearby stream where it was discovered the following day. Onesimo Rodriguez was attacked with a companion in Las Nubes, after they had attended a demonstration in Cerro Punta, Bugaba, against the dam. His companion, whose identity is being withheld for security reasons, received serious injuries but managed to escape and is having his injuries tended to by the local indigenous community. Jeremy Hance 8.248612 -81.668859 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11084 2013-03-20T14:45:00Z 2013-03-20T16:55:42Z Video uncovers top level corruption in Sarawak over indigenous forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0310-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tax evasion, kick-backs, bribery, and corruption all make appearances in a shocking new undercover video by Global Witness that shows how top individuals in the Sarawak government may be robbing the state of revenue for their own personal gain. Anti-corruption groups have believed that corruption has been rife in the Malaysian state of Sarawak for decades, but Global Witness says their investigation offers undeniable proof. Jeremy Hance 1.510445 110.346222 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11064 2013-03-19T13:24:00Z 2013-03-20T17:10:45Z Panama's indigenous people drop REDD+ The National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) has announced it is withdrawing from the United Nation's REDD+ program following a series of disagreements. The exit of COONAPIP from the negotiating table with UN officials and the Panamanian government will likely be a blow to the legitimacy of REDD+ in the central American country. REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, is a program to reduce emissions by safeguarding forests. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11040 2013-03-14T20:06:00Z 2013-04-03T13:25:53Z Into the unknown mountains of Cambodia: rare birds, rice wine, and talk of tigers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0314.virachey.2013-01-23-17.23.49.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ringed with forested mountains forming the borders with Laos and Vietnam, the northeast corner of Cambodia has been an intriguing blank spot among my extensive travels through the country. Nestled up against this frontier is Virachey National Park, created in 1993. I began searching for a way to explore this area a couple of years ago, hoping to connect with conservation NGOs to get me into the park; no one seemed to know much about it. I learned that the area had been written off by these groups due to massive land concessions given to logging and rubber concerns. The World Bank abandoned its 8-year effort to create a management scheme for Virachey after the concessions were granted in 2007. A moratorium on the concessions is temporarily in place, but illegal logging incursions into the park continue. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11031 2013-03-12T15:38:00Z 2013-03-13T15:32:50Z Photographers threatening the already-abused slender loris <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0312.Captured-Slender-Loris-Image-taken-as-per-the-local-inputs.-(c)-Arun-Kanagavel.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Caught in a beam of torchlight, the eyes of the slender loris reflect back a striking glow. In an effort to better understand these shy, nocturnal primates, a team of researchers set out to the Western Ghats of India. The resulting paper: <i>Moolah, Misfortune or Spinsterhood? The Plight of the Slender Loris (Loris lydekkerianus) in Southern India</i> was published in the <i>Journal of Threatened Taxa</i> in January of 2013. Forest walks and interviews with the Kani people, who live in close proximity to the lorises, supported evidence of a surprising new threat to the lorises: photographers. Jeremy Hance 12.972442 75.541077 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10923 2013-02-23T00:18:00Z 2013-02-23T22:42:18Z Long lost tribe spotted in the Colombian Amazon The March 2013 issue of <i>Smithsonian</i> magazine features an account of the flight that confirmed the presence of an isolated indigenous tribe in a remote part of the Colombian Amazon. Rhett Butler 1.032659 -71.954956 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10900 2013-02-20T23:34:00Z 2013-02-23T22:55:22Z Featured video: Saving the Amazon through maps In a new video ethnobotanist, Mark Plotkin, talks about recent&#8212;and historical&#8212;efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest through map-making and technology. Today scientists like Plotkin are teaching indigenous people how to digitally map their territory to win land rights over the forest they've used for centuries. Jeremy Hance 1.337464 -72.831116 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10778 2013-01-29T16:01:00Z 2013-01-29T16:06:15Z Miners win ruling over indigenous groups in Guyana A judge in Guyana's high court has ruled that indigenous groups do not have the right to expel legal miners from their land. The judge, Diana Insanally, found that if the miners in question held a government-approved license than the local community had no right to dispute the mining. The ruling has sparked protests by indigenous groups and is expected to be appealed. Jeremy Hance 6.466637 -60.333356 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10557 2012-12-11T07:32:00Z 2013-02-24T03:29:41Z Uncontacted tribes still exist, but extinction threat looms <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1210wallanceinterview150.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world is more interconnected than ever. Globally, there are six billion cell phone subscribers and 900 million Facebook users. Nearly 32 million people follow Lady Gaga on Twitter. Given this content it may seem hard to believe that there remain people who have never had contact with the outside world. Yet such people do exist today. Most of them live in the most remote parts of the world's wildest forests. One of this year's best paperback books takes a close look at one uncontacted group &#8212; the <i>Arrow People</i> of the Brazilian Amazon. Written by veteran journalist Scott Wallace, <i>The Unconquered</i> is a gripping first-person account of a journey to learn more about this little-known tribe. Rhett Butler -7.346123 -69.746704 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10456 2012-11-27T17:41:00Z 2012-11-27T17:49:36Z Featured video: how locals depend on Kalimantan's vanishing forests A new video explores local indigenous views of the forests of Kalimantan or Indonesian Borneo. Having depended on the rainforest ecosystems for centuries, indigenous groups now find themselves under pressure to exploit forest for logging, coal mining, or industrial plantations. While biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and other ecosystem services are at stake, the forests are also deeply intertwined with the culture and way-of-life for indigenous group. Jeremy Hance 1.735574 115.311584 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10455 2012-11-27T16:47:00Z 2012-11-27T16:58:18Z Legislation leaves future of world's largest temperate rainforest up in the air <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/20110625RedBluff-4660.tongassinterview.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although unlikely to pass anytime in the near term, recurring legislation that would hand over 80,000 acres of the Tongass Rainforest to a Native-owned logging corporation has put local communities on guard in Southeast Alaska. "The legislation privatizes a public resource. It takes land that belongs to all of us, and that all of us have a say in the use and management of, and it gives that land to a private for-profit corporation," Andrew Thoms, Executive Director of the Sitka Conservation Society, told mongabay.com in a recent interview. Jeremy Hance 59.481358 -139.296112 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10412 2012-11-15T19:02:00Z 2012-11-15T19:09:52Z Penan suspend dam blockade, give government one month to respond to demands Members of the Penan tribe have suspended their month long blockade of the Murum dam in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, reports Survival International. However, according to the indigenous group the fight is not over: the departing Penan said the Sarawak government had one month to respond to demands for sufficient compensation for the dam's impact or face another blockade. Over 300 Penan people participated in the blockade, which stopped traffic leading to the construction site. Jeremy Hance 2.646292 114.366167 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10268 2012-10-15T12:45:00Z 2012-10-15T13:12:35Z UNESCO disturbed by gas plans for Peru’s Manu National Park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/manu_0517.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Major concerns about the danger posed by gas exploration in a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Amazon rainforest has prompted UNESCO to promise to lobby the Peruvian government. Manu National Park’s biological diversity exceeds "that of any other place on Earth," according to UNESCO's website, and is inhabited by indigenous people living in "voluntary isolation" who could be decimated if they come into contact with gas workers. Jeremy Hance -12.01783 -71.713486 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10251 2012-10-09T19:35:00Z 2012-10-09T19:52:54Z Indigenous groups re-occupy Belo Monte dam in the Amazon Construction on Brazil's megadam, Belo Monte, has been halted again as around 150 demonstrators, most of them from nearby indigenous tribes, have occupied the main construction site at Pimental. Over a hundred indigenous people joined local fishermen who had been protesting the dam for 24 days straight. Indigenous people and local fishermen say the dam will devastate the Xingu River, upending their way of life. Jeremy Hance -3.184394 -52.210694 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10236 2012-10-08T12:57:00Z 2012-10-08T18:22:51Z Indigenous blockade expands against massive dam in Sarawak <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/%5Benanblockade.sign.DSC_0162-(640x428).150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous people have expanded their blockade against the Murum dam in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, taking over an additional road to prevent construction materials from reaching the dam site. Beginning on September 26th with 200 Penan people, the blockade has boomed to well over 300. Groups now occupy not just the main route to the dam site, but an alternative route that the dam's contractor, the China-located Three Gorges Project Corporation, had begun to use. Jeremy Hance 2.646292 114.366167 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10213 2012-09-27T15:10:00Z 2013-02-05T15:06:48Z World Bank agrees to fund project related to controversial Gibe III dam Originally refusing to provide funding to Ethiopia's controversial Gibe III hydroelectric dam, the World Bank has now announced plans to fund the power lines that will carry generated electricity away from it. In their official statement they report that the lines will "connect Ethiopia’s electrical grid with Kenya’s, create power-sharing between the two countries, reduce energy costs, promote sustainable and renewable power generation [and] better protect the region’s environment...eventually benefiting 212 million people in five countries." Jeremy Hance 6.847052 37.301323 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10173 2012-09-18T17:15:00Z 2012-09-18T20:46:45Z Scientists name new snake species to criticize mine plans in Panama (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Sibon.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While scientists increasingly name new species after celebrities in order to gain much-needed attention for the world's vanishing biodiversity, researchers describing a new snake species from Panama have taken a different route. Dubbing the new serpent, Sibon noalamina ('no to the mine!' in Spanish), the scientists are hoping the multicolored snake's unusual name will draw attention to mining and deforestation issues in Panama's remote Tabasará mountains. Jeremy Hance 8.054471 -81.647758 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10165 2012-09-17T18:43:00Z 2012-09-18T02:30:43Z Bushmeat consumption differs between communities in Tanzania Bushmeat consumption depends on the make-up of individual communities, according to a new study in the open access journal Tropical Conservation Science. By interviewing indigenous groups and refugees living near two protected areas in western Tanzania, researchers found that consumption rates differed significantly, likely based on costliness and access. Jeremy Hance -6.892344 31.19133 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10079 2012-08-30T17:32:00Z 2012-09-04T19:33:07Z Indigenous groups in Panama wait for UN REDD to meet promises <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/panama/150/panama_0184.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A dispute over the implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) in Panama has pitted the United Nations (UN) against the nation's diverse and large indigenous groups. Represented by the National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP), indigenous groups charge that the UN has failed to meet several pledges related to kick-starting REDD+ with their support, including delaying a $1.79 million payment to the group to begin REDD+-related activities. The on-going dispute highlights the perils and complexities of implementing REDD+, especially concerns that the program might disenfranchise indigenous groups who have long been the stewards of their forest territories. Jeremy Hance 9.001061 -79.533577 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10078 2012-08-30T16:37:00Z 2012-09-11T01:24:01Z Survivors say gold miners in helicopter massacred village of 80 in Venezuelan Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1470.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Up to 80 people have been massacred by gold miners in the remote Venezuelan Amazon, according to reports received by the indigenous-rights group, Survival International. According to Reuters, the reports have prompted the Venezuelan government to investigate the alleged murders of the Yanomami isolated community. According to three indigenous survivors, sometime in July a helicopter and what-are-believed to be illegal goldminers massacred the Yanomami community of Irotatheri. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10033 2012-08-20T13:10:00Z 2012-12-02T22:29:37Z Elephant ancestors and Africa's Bigfoot: new initiative works to preserve a continent's wildest tales <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/aws.Sammy-interviewing-80-yr-old-woman.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Paula Kahumbu, the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect and a 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is on a mission to reconnect young Africans with the natural world through storytelling. In a new initiative dubbed Africa's Wildest Stories, Kahumbu and others are recording the wit and wisdom of African elders in Kenya as they share their love of nature and the way in which Africans, for millennia, have co-existed with their environment and its astounding wildlife. Jeremy Hance -1.289411 36.831551 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10005 2012-08-14T15:28:00Z 2012-08-15T21:41:43Z Evidence of 'isolated' indigenous people found in Peru where priest is pushing highway Evidence of indigenous people living in "voluntary isolation" in a remote part of the Amazon has been found where an Italian Catholic priest is campaigning for Peru’s government to build a highway. The discovery is controversial because the priest has questioned the existence of the isolated people, sometimes referred to as uncontacted, who live without regular contact with anyone else. Jeremy Hance -9.766243 -70.71629 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9945 2012-07-31T16:21:00Z 2012-08-16T13:57:25Z Human rights court favors indigenous tribe over Ecuadorian government in oil battle The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has found in favor of a Kichwa community's right to consultation prior to industrial projects on their land in a ruling that could have implications for many indigenous peoples across the Americas. The court found that the government of Ecuador violated the indigenous people's rights by allowing the Argentine oil company, Compania General de Combustibles (CGC), on their land without proper consultation. Jeremy Hance -1.521428 -75.509949 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9920 2012-07-26T20:36:00Z 2012-07-27T01:48:49Z Brazil decree opens tribal lands to mining, dams in 'national interest' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0726kaya150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A directive signed Monday by Brazil’s Solicitor-General could hamper the efforts of indigenous tribes to win government recognition of their traditional lands, reports Survival International, a human rights group focused on native peoples. The directive 'opens up all indigenous areas to mineral, dams, roads, military bases and other developments of 'national interest' without the need to consult with or address concerns of indigenous peoples', according to an expert familiar with the directive. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9917 2012-07-26T15:58:00Z 2012-08-16T14:10:29Z Indigenous tribes hold 3 engineers hostage over Belo Monte dam Three engineers are being held hostage by the Juruna and Arara indigenous tribes as tensions rise over the on-going construction of the Belo Monte dam in Brazil, reports the Indigenous rights NGO Amazon Watch. The company building the dam, Norte Energia, has confirmed that three of its employees were being held against their will. Tribal groups in the region say the massive dam will upend their way of life, and that construction is already making travel along the Xingu river difficult. Jeremy Hance -3.184394 -52.210694 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9873 2012-07-23T10:03:00Z 2012-07-30T17:24:50Z Smartphones promoted as a tool for indigenous forest protection Smartphones beeping in the woods may be a welcome presence that augurs the increased ability of indigenous communities to be stewards of their own biodiverse forests. Representatives of these communities and their supporters have advocated that international conservation policies like Reduced Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) be increasingly managed by the communities themselves. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9861 2012-07-18T17:06:00Z 2012-07-18T17:23:35Z Brazil cripples illegal gold mining operations in indigenous territory Brazilian police have arrested 26 people and confiscated gold and aircraft in a coordinated effort to tackle illegal gold-mining in the Yanomami Indigenous Reserve, reports the BBC. Along with illegal miners the year-long investigation also arrested complicit airplane pilots, engineers, and business people in a bid to undercut the trade's funders and infrastructure. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9828 2012-07-12T14:28:00Z 2012-07-12T14:45:00Z Indigenous tribes end occupation of Belo Monte After occupying the construction site of the massive Belo Monte dam for 21 days, some 300 indigenous people have left and gone home. The representatives from nine Amazonian tribes abandoned their occupation after two days of meeting with the dam's builder, the Norte Energia consortium. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9809 2012-07-11T15:44:00Z 2012-07-11T19:03:46Z Vietnam buys stakes in controversial oil blocks threatening Peru's most vulnerable indigenous people <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/block67.peru.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Vietnam's state oil and gas company, PetroVietnam Exploration and Production (PVEP), has announced its intention to acquire a major stake in controversial oil operations in the remote Peruvian Amazon. This area, known as Lot 67, is one of the most biodiverse in the world and home to indigenous people living without regular contact with outsiders, sometimes dubbed 'isolated' or 'uncontacted', who could be decimated by contact with oil company workers because they are highly vulnerable to disease. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9807 2012-07-10T18:30:00Z 2013-02-24T02:16:19Z Building indigenous resilience in the face of land-grabbing, deforestation in Malaysian Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0710lede150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the 1980s images of loincloth-clad tribesmen blockading blocking logging roads in Malaysian Borneo shocked the world. But while their protests captured the spotlight momentarily, Borneo's forests continued to be destroyed at rapid rates, undermining traditional communities that are dependent on these ecosystems for food, shelter, medicine, clean water, and spiritual inspiration. Nomadic tribes are now but a memory in Borneo, but other tribal groups continue to fight for their forests by seeking legal recognition of their lands and blocking destructive projects, including oil palm plantations, logging operations, and large-scale hydroelectric projects. Helping them is The Borneo Project, a Berkeley-based non-profit that works in partnership with indigenous communities and the small non-profits that support them. Rhett Butler 3.199477 113.477783 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9779 2012-07-05T17:09:00Z 2012-07-06T04:05:40Z Experts dispute recent study that claims little impact by pre-Columbian tribes in Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/tambopata/Tambopata_1026_3660.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study last month in the journal Science argued that pre-Columbian peoples had little impact on the western and central Amazon, going against a recently composed picture of the early Amazon inhabited by large, sophisticated populations influencing both the forest and its biodiversity. The new study, based on hundreds of soil samples, theorizes that indigenous populations in much of the Amazon were tiny and always on the move, largely sticking to rivers and practicing marginal agriculture. However, the study raised eyebrows as soon as it was released, including those of notable researchers who openly criticized its methods and pointed out omissions in the paper, such as no mention of hundreds of geoglyphs, manmade earthen structures, found in the region. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9772 2012-07-03T17:46:00Z 2012-07-10T00:26:31Z Indigenous tribes occupy Belo Monte dam for over 10 days As of Tuesday, the occupation of Belo Monte dam by indigenous tribes entered its 13th day. Indigenous people, who have fought the planned Brazilian dam for decades, argue that the massive hydroelectric project on the Xingu River will devastate their way of life. According to a statement from the tribes, 17 indigenous villages from 13 ethnic groups are now represented at the occupation, which has successfully scuttled some work on the dam. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9694 2012-06-19T17:13:00Z 2012-06-19T17:30:29Z Sarawak tribe calls on German company to walk away from controversial dam Indigenous people from the Malaysian state of Sarawak have sent a letter to the German company, Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG, demanding that the consulting group halt all activities related to the hugely-controversial Baram dam, reports the NGO Bruno Manser Fund. Critics of the dam and it parent project known as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative, say the hydroelectric dam will displace 20,000 people and flood 40,000 hectares of primary rainforest. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9693 2012-06-19T15:59:00Z 2012-06-19T16:11:30Z Over 700 people killed defending forest and land rights in past ten years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0528-murders-in-brazil-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On May 24th, 2011, forest activist José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva, were gunned down in an ambush in the Brazilian state of Pará. A longtime activist, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva had made a name for himself for openly criticizing illegal logging in the state which is rife with deforestation. The killers even cut off the ears of the da Silvas, a common practice of assassins in Brazil to prove to their employers that they had committed the deed. Less than a year before he was murdered, da Silva warned in a TEDx Talk, "I could get a bullet in my head at any moment...because I denounce the loggers and charcoal producers." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9596 2012-05-31T14:37:00Z 2012-05-31T15:07:34Z Indigenous rights rising in tropical forests, but big gaps remain <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_0487.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the last twenty years, rights for indigenous forest dwellers have expanded significantly, according to a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Covering nearly thirty tropical forest countries, the report finds that indigenous people now hold rights to 31 percent of the forest land in these countries, rising from 21 percent in 1992. However, landmark land rights for indigenous people remain imperiled by lack of enforcement, land-grabbing, government ambivalence, and industrial development. The report comes less than a month before the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development, a meeting of global leaders that marks two decades since the Rio Earth Summit. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9595 2012-05-31T03:16:00Z 2012-06-02T14:03:08Z Broadcaster for Radio Free Sarawak goes missing in Malaysia Peter John Jaban, a broadcaster on Radio Free Sarawak better known by his on-air pseudonym Papa Orang Utan, was arrested on Thursday Kota Kinabalu International airport, while attempting to board a plane to Miri, Sarawak, reports <i>The Sarawak Report</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9551 2012-05-23T11:31:00Z 2012-05-23T11:39:28Z Indigenous group paid $0.65/ha for forest worth $5,000/ha in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_5022.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A palm oil company has paid indigenous Moi landowners in Indonesian Papua a paltry $0.65 per hectare for land that will be worth $5,000 a hectare once cultivated, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Indonesian NGO, Telepak. The report outlines similar disadvantageous deals in timber with the same companies breaking their promises of bringing education and infrastructure. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9530 2012-05-17T14:20:00Z 2012-05-17T22:50:56Z Tribe partners to protect Argentina's most endangered forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/wlt.atlantic.girl.RS12754_IMG_1821.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last month, three Guarani communities, the local Argentine government of Misiones, and the UK-based NGO World Land Trust forged an agreement to create a nature reserve connecting three protected areas in the fractured, and almost extinct, Atlantic Forest. Dubbed the Emerald Green Corridor, the reserve protects 3,764 hectares (9,301 acres) in Argentina; although relatively small, the land connects three protected other protected areas creating a combined conservation area (41,000 hectares) around the size of Barbados in the greater Yaboti Biosphere Reserve. In Argentina only 1 percent of the historical Atlantic Forest survives. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9517 2012-05-14T20:17:00Z 2012-05-15T12:58:26Z U.S. car manufacturers linked to Amazon destruction, slave labor <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/gp.cars.GP042LJ.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>According to a new report by Greenpeace, top U.S. car companies such as Ford, General Motors, and Nissan are sourcing pig iron that has resulted in the destruction of Amazon rainforests, slave labor, and land conflict with indigenous tribes. Spending two years documenting the pig iron trade between northeastern Brazil and the U.S., Greenpeace has discovered that rainforests are cut and burned to power blast furnaces that produce pig iron, which is then shipped to the U.S. for steel production. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9494 2012-05-10T20:35:00Z 2013-07-20T05:39:18Z Can loggers be conservationists? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0884.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last year researchers took the first ever publicly-released video of an African golden cat (Profelis aurata) in a Gabon rainforest. This beautiful, but elusive, feline was filmed sitting docilely for the camera and chasing a bat. The least-known of Africa's wild cat species, the African golden cat has been difficult to study because it makes its home deep in the Congo rainforest. However, researchers didn't capture the cat on video in an untrammeled, pristine forest, but in a well-managed logging concession by Precious Woods Inc., where scientist's cameras also photographed gorillas, elephants, leopards, and duikers. Jeremy Hance -1.040211 29.673386 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9475 2012-05-03T17:19:00Z 2012-12-02T22:30:15Z Exploring Asia's lost world <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/mccann.waterdragon.P1070954.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Abandoned by NGOs and the World Bank, carved out for rubber plantations and mining by the Cambodian government, spiraling into a chaos of poaching and illegal logging, and full of endangered species and never-explored places, Virachey National Park may be the world's greatest park that has been written off by the international community. But a new book by explorer and PhD student, Greg McCann, hopes to change that. Entitled Called Away by a Mountain Spirit: Journey to the Green Corridor, the book highlights expeditions by McCann into parts of Virachey that have rarely been seen by outsiders and have never been explored scientifically, including rare grasslands that once housed herds of Asian elephants, guar, and Sambar deer, before poachers drove them into hiding, and faraway mountains with rumors of tigers and mainland Javan rhinos. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9439 2012-04-25T22:55:00Z 2012-04-26T11:41:26Z Oil company Perenco endangering 'uncontacted' indigenous people, says Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/davidhill.perenco.sign.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The company hoping to exploit the oil deposits slated to transform Peru’s economy has been declared to be endangering the lives of indigenous people living in "voluntary isolation" by the country’s indigenous affairs department (INDEPA). Perenco, an Anglo-French company with headquarters in London and Paris, is currently seeking approval from Peru’s Energy Ministry (MEM) to develop its operations in the Loreto region in the north of the country. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9425 2012-04-22T14:46:00Z 2012-04-23T20:56:47Z Featured video: How to save the Amazon The past ten years have seen unprecedented progress in fighting deforestation in the Amazon. Indigenous rights, payments for ecosystem services, government enforcement, satellite imagery, and a spirit of cooperation amongst old foes has resulted in a decline of 80 percent in Brazil's deforestation rates. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9424 2012-04-22T01:16:00Z 2012-04-22T18:13:56Z For Earth Day, 17 celebrated scientists on how to make a better world <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/800px-MODIS_Map.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Seventeen top scientists and four acclaimed conservation organizations have called for radical action to create a better world for this and future generations. Compiled by 21 past winners of the prestigious Blue Planet Prize, a new paper recommends solutions for some of the world's most pressing problems including climate change, poverty, and mass extinction. The paper, entitled Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act, was recently presented at the UN Environment Program governing council meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9420 2012-04-19T16:29:00Z 2013-02-24T01:48:37Z Photos: Uncontacted Amazon tribes documented for first time in Colombia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0419-uncontacted_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Aerial surveys of a remote area of rainforest along the Colombia-Brazil border have produced the first photographic evidence of uncontacted tribes, according to a conservation group that works to safeguard indigenous territories and culture. The photos, released by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), show five long houses or <i>malokas</i> thought to belong to two indigenous groups, the Yuri or Carabayo and Passé, some of the last isolated tribes in the Colombian Amazon. The images provide confirmation that uncontacted communities still exist within the Rio Puré National Park, which protects a million hectares (2.47 million acres) of mostly pristine rainforest between the Caquetá and Putumayo River basins along the Brazilian border. Rhett Butler -1.87009 -69.859314 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9419 2012-04-19T16:27:00Z 2012-04-25T22:56:38Z Indigenous groups oppose priest pushing for road through uncontacted tribes' land A grassroots indigenous organization in Peru is calling for the removal of an Italian Catholic priest from the remote Amazon in response to his lobbying to build a highway through the country’s biggest national park. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9411 2012-04-18T19:21:00Z 2012-04-18T20:48:40Z Pictures: Destruction of the Amazon's Xingu River begins for Belo Monte Dam <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0418belomonte150a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Xingu River will never be the same. Construction of Belo Monte Dam has begun in the Brazilian Amazon, as shown by these photos taken by Greenpeace, some of the first images of the hugely controversial project. Indigenous groups have opposed the dam vigorously for decades, fearing that it will upend their way of life. Environmentalists warn that the impacts of the dam&#8212;deforestation, methane emissions, and an irreparable changes to the Xingu River's ecosystem&#8212;far outweigh any benefits. The dam, which would be the world's third largest, is expected to displace 16,000 people according to the government, though some NGOs put the number at 40,000. The dam will flood over 40,000 hectares of pristine rainforest, an area nearly seven times the size of Manhattan. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9399 2012-04-16T20:46:00Z 2012-04-16T20:51:53Z David vs. Goliath: Goldman Environmental Prize winners highlight development projects gone awry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/2012Group_ouro.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A controversial dam, a massive mine, poisonous pesticides, a devastating road, and criminal polluters: many of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize winners point to the dangers of poorly-planned, and ultimately destructive, development initiatives. The annual prize, which has been dubbed the Green Nobel Prize is awarded to six grassroots environmental heroes from around the world and includes a financial award of $150,000 for each winner. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9398 2012-04-16T15:06:00Z 2012-04-16T15:09:46Z Police hired by loggers in Papua New Guinea lock locals in shipping containers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Pomio-pic_3.bulldozer.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Locals protesting the destruction of their forest in Papua New Guinea for two palm oil plantations say police have been sent in for a second time to crack-down on their activities, even as a Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigates the legality of the concession. Traditional landowners in Pomio District on the island East New Britain say police bankrolled by Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) have terrorized the population, including locking people in shipping containers for three consecutive nights. The palm oil concessions belongs to a company known as Gilford Limited, which locals say is a front group for RH. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9391 2012-04-12T19:17:00Z 2012-04-12T19:45:08Z Amazon tribe becomes first to get OK to sell REDD credits for rainforest conservation An Amazon tribe has become the first indigenous group in the world's largest rainforest to win certification of a forest carbon conservation project, potentially setting a precedent for other forest-dependent groups to seek compensation for safeguarding their native forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9384 2012-04-10T18:37:00Z 2012-04-10T19:00:16Z U.S. gobbling illegal wood from Peru's Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/EIAreportPeru-20111027-02419.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The next time you buy wood, you may want to make sure it's not from Peru. According to an in-depth new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the illegal logging trade is booming in the Peruvian Amazon and much of the wood is being exported to the U.S. Following the labyrinthian trail of illegal logging from the devastated forests of the Peruvian Amazon to the warehouses of the U.S., the EIA identified over 112 shipments of illegally logged cedar and big-leaf mahogany between January 2008 and May 2010. In fact, the group found that over a third (35 percent) of all the shipments of cedar and mahogany from Peru to the U.S. were from illegal sources, a percentage that is likely conservative. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9344 2012-04-02T15:35:00Z 2012-04-02T16:13:50Z Judge suspends Brazilian dam that would flood sacred waterfalls A federal judge has suspended the construction of a 1,820 megawatt dam on the Teles Pires River in the Amazon. The judge found that indigenous communities were not properly consulted about the dam, which would flood a sacred site, known as the Seven Waterfalls, as well as imperil the livelihoods of indigenous fishermen. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9322 2012-03-28T12:47:00Z 2012-03-28T12:49:51Z Brazil's indigenous affairs ministry: $32B carbon deal not valid An apparent carbon deal between an Irish carbon trading company and an indigenous tribe that sparked outrage in Brazil is "invalid" according to the president of FUNAI, Brazil's indigenous affairs agency. Rhett Butler