Second largest wilderness in South America threatened by farming, ranching and drugs trade
On May 22, 2013, the Federal Court from the State of Acre in Brazil (which is North of Brazil) handed down an important decision involving alleged access to genetic resources and traditional knowledge.
Despite its rich natural biodiversity, the country is failing to tap the true potential of traditional and herbal medicine, experts have said.Studies have shown 9,600 out of 30,000 species of indigenous plants had medicinal properties.
Researchers and policymakers have a lot to learn in designing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies from smallholder farmers in the Amazon, says Miguel Pinedo-Vásquez, scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Director of International Programs at ...
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - The powerful tractors and other farm machinery that landowners recently used to block roads at a dozen points from north to south in Brazil illustrated the economic clout of big agriculture, which rose up against the demarcation of indigenous reserves.
Inuit knowledge and culture have played major roles in the design and function of the $142 million High Arctic Research Station planned for Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
[NEW YORK] Representatives of some of the world's indigenous people have raised concerns that the global development agenda — including the UN's Millennium Development Goals and their planned successors — is being implemented without their full consent and participation.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Beverly Rose-Forbes, says protecting the country’s traditional resources is of paramount importance, particularly in relation to misuse by third parties.
This city in northern Australia brought them together to share their experiences this week.
DARWIN, Australia , May 28 2013 (IPS) - “Are you a park ranger?” IPS asked. “No, I am one of the owners of the territory,” Ángel Durán responded in a firm voice. The Bolivian indigenous leader is in this northern Australian city along with 1,200 other native delegates from over 50 countries for ...
An international forum in Darwin has been told that traditional land management practices are helping to combat the effects of climate change
DARWIN, Australia, 27 may 2013 (IPS) - “¿Usted es guardabosque?”, preguntó IPS. “No, yo soy dueño del territorio”, respondió con seguridad Ángel Durán, un líder indígena de Bolivia que llegó a esta norteña ciudad australiana junto a otros 1.200 delegados de pueblos originarios procedentes de más ...
La conférence inaugurale de The World Indigenous Network (WIN), (le réseau des indigènes du monde) a été officiellement ouverte hier dimanche, et se tiendra jusqu'au 31 mai à Darwin, en Australie. Elle regroupe 1200 délégués des autochtones de 50 pays.
The Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) and civil society communities have issued a joint declaration that urges the government to settle disputes concerning the rights of indigenous people, which has been mandated by the Constitutional Court.
Reindeer farmers from Sweden, Colombian women's groups and Australian Aborigines are finding out what they have in common at a landmark conference of indigenous people in Darwin.
The North West Provincial Government has acknowledged that its communities have rich indigenous knowledge systems which must be protected, preserved, promoted and transferred to the future generations.
The inaugural World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference has formally been opened in the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, Australia.
Following his recent visit to Namibia, members of the African caucus to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) met with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Dr James Anaya, to brief him on the issues affecting the San, Khoi, Batwa and Babuti indigenous peo ...
With one indigenous language dying out every two weeks, with indigenous livelihoods under threat and with indigenous children being routinely excluded from school, the Africa Caucus of indigenous peoples has appealed to UN member states to take concrete steps to promote and protect the rights of ...
Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today.
On each expedition on The Healing Journey, Jon Waterhouse uses canoes to travel along rivers, recording traditional knowledge from local people, and detailed scientific readings of water conditions and quality using cutting-edge technology. This summer, he’s working with indigenous leaders in So ...
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, May 21 2013 (IPS) - Indigenous communities in remote areas of Brazil have begun to recognise that they have the right to not be hungry, and are learning that food security means much more than simply having food on the table.
Around 2,300 indigenous participants are expected to discuss culture, education and health during the 12th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will include a special focus on youth, indigenous groups in Africa and the importance of strengthening ties with in ...
Kibaha district authorities may not know exactly how much of their remaining indigenous forests are being illegally harvested but they see the size of bare land that was otherwise covered by trees increasing at an alarming rate. They have decided to deal with the situation.
MANAGUA, May 15 2013 (IPS) - Mayangna indigenous communities in northern Nicaragua are caught up in a life-and-death battle to defend their ancestral territory in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve from the destruction wrought by invading settlers and illegal logging.
In an unusual bid to stop a series of dams that will flood their rainforest home, a group of tribesmen in Borneo are urging King Harald V of Norway to call one of his subjects home
While diplomats are trying to find consensus on an international instrument to protect traditional knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Organization, some countries are establishing systems to protect their traditional knowledge domestically.
The Australian Government shall at the end of May host the first-ever World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference in the city of Darwin.
The main goal has been achieved for World Intellectual Property Organization delegates who started last week with the task of improving a document to become an international instrument protecting traditional knowledge. Consensus has not been met on core issues, but a cleaner text has emerged, re ...
The participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization has become compromised as the voluntary fund allowing the organisation to invite indigenous peoples representatives is running dry.
After an intense day of drafting led by member country experts in small groups in closed rooms, the World Intellectual Property Organization secretariat released a new set of draft articles of what could become an international instrument aimed at protecting traditional knowledge.
World Intellectual Property Organization delegates are meeting once again this week to try to advance a text that could become an international instrument to protect traditional knowledge. Substantial work needs to be done on the draft text, and developing countries generally favour a legal bind ...
Campaigners say the Brazilian government is failing to protect one of the world's most endangered tribes.
Amazing traditional knowledge about the use of various herbs and plants for medicinal purposes helped our elders keep the doctor away.
The controversial Belo Monte Dam, which is under construction on the Xingu River in the Brazilian state of Pará, is roughly twenty percent completed. Belo Monte will displace over 20,000 people, gravely endanger the survival of indigenous peoples and local communities and cause irreparable envir ...
Traditional leaders still hold important roles in today’s modernized world — they are a vital part of a functioning society.
India has called for a binding treaty to protect traditional knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Organisation so that action can be taken by countries against infringement of such rights by others
Brazilian photographer Salgado’s new exhibition Genesis aims to highlight “the animal species that have resisted domestication” and the “remote tribes whose ‘primitive’ way of life is largely untouched”. Salgado hopes that by highlighting this “uncontaminated world” it will be preserved and, whe ...
AN Ayta dressed in his tribal attire hurriedly climbed a tree, casually aimed his bow and arrow to a target, and released the arrow with deadly accuracy.
In the richness of Jeju's various natural resources, none compare to the vast array of plant species – many with known medicinal uses.
While generating interest among food lovers, it has triggered nostalgia among many others who have over the years witnessed the gradual decline in the consumption of such items and their consequent disappearance from the markets and houses particularly those of the Badagas – the largest indigeno ...
Earlier this winter, seventy new medicinal plants were sown in the garden of Naulakha Bagh in Kiratpur Sahib, Punjab, along the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.
Ghana’s Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr. H. S. Daannaa, has indicated that research into indigenous practices of any people, is key to sustainable development of their community and thus advocatedscientific knowhowof indigenous methods, to enableany form of development to be ...
At a recent conference jointly organised by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID, Geneva) and the Museum of Art and History of Geneva, academics tackled the question of the preservation of culture – in its natural and cultural dimension – against the risks of gl ...
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 5 2013 (IPS) - A new weapon in the arsenal against climate change is tapping local knowledge to bridge the policy gap and let communities make their own informed decisions about how to manage livelihoods, natural resources, culture and heritage.
All things must pass,’ sang George Harrison. With time, suns turn into ice, civilizations into dust, and species go extinct. And so ‘black dwarfs,’ ‘biodiversity loss,’ not to forget ‘Armageddon,’ have all become part of our daily alphabet.
During his heydays, Dayanandan, a fisherman from Vypeen, spent many nights gazing at the starry sky for indications of fish shoals.
SUBANG JAYA: The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is in the final stages of drafting a law that will financially benefit indigenous communities living in forests, said Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas.
THE Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (Wimsa), in partnership with the Southern Africa San Education Forum (SASEF), joins Unesco today to celebrate International Mother Language Day under the theme 'Mother Language Day: What does it mean to the San Child'.
World over the people are embracing languages that bring them economic prosperity.