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Tapping into local resources to curb malnutrition

When I was a child, my mother used to tell me over and over: “Eat a carrot, it’s good for your sight.”

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Can Indigenous and Wildlife Conservationists Work Together?

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2015 (IPS) - Indigenous and wildlife conservationists have common goals and common adversaries, but seem to be struggling to find common ground in the fight for sustainable forests.

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How Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change

Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change

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Indigenous Food Systems Should Be on the Development Menu

ROME, Feb 23 2015 (IPS) - Overcoming hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century no longer means simply increasing the quantity of available food but also the quality.

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Indigenous Peoples – Architects of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

ROME, Feb 17 2015 (IPS) - “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” – an ancient Indian saying that encapsulates the essence of sustainability as seen by the world’s indigenous people.

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Ancient traditions protect the environment in East Timor

Indepedent since 2002, East Timor is one of the world’s newest nations. But when it comes to protecting the environment, it has a unique and ancient tradition to draw upon – the practice of tara bandu.

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Corporate encroachment reduces indigenous lands, biodiversity - U.N. - TRFN

ROME, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aboriginal people around the world faced growing displacement over the last decade as property values rose and large companies pushed onto traditional territories to extract resources, a U.N. specialist on indigenous peoples' rights said.

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Aboriginal Businesses Stimulate Positive Change in Australia

MOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland.

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Environmental wisdom: keeping indigenous stories alive

"Long ago, when animals were gente…" 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.

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Indigenous People Explore Many Shades Of REDD

15 January 2015 | On a daily basis, logging trucks rumble up an offshoot of Brazil's Highway 364, laden with muddy trunks illegally harvested from the Zoró Indigenous Territory, at the southern edge of the Amazon Rainforest, along the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.

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Aboriginal Knowledge Could Unlock Climate Solutions

CAIRNS, Queensland, Dec 17 2014 (IPS) - As a child growing up in Far North Queensland, William Clark Enoch would know the crabs were biting when certain trees blossomed, but now, at age 51, he is noticing visible changes in his environment such as frequent storms, soil erosion, salinity in fresh ...

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Peru: UN experts warn indigenous peoples’ rights at risk if polluted land re-licensed

15 December 2014 – Two United Nations human rights experts warned today against the proposed re-licensing of heavily polluted land in the Department of Loreto region of Peru, saying the move would perpetuate and exacerbate serious violations of human rights of indigenous peoples, including their ...

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Two dimensions of knowledge mingle at COP 20

One of the issues that has kept coming up in the corridors, conferences and meetings during the first days of the COP 20 climate summit has to do with the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and the need to incorporate it into climate change procedures and negotiations.

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COP20: Peru must give indigenous people means to combat climate change

Climate talks in Lima can save the Amazon rainforest by recognising rights of its best protectors

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Native Villagers in Honduras Bet on Food Security – and Win

VICTORIA, Honduras , Dec 3 2014 (IPS) - The town’s dynamic mayor, Sandro Martínez, assumed the commitment of turning the Honduran municipality of Victoria into a model of food and nutritional security and environmental protection by means of municipal public policies based on broad social and co ...

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Paraguay: UN expert concerned over indigenous peoples’ rights to land, resources

1 December 2014 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples identified a number of ongoing challenges remaining in Paraguay as she ended an eight-day official visit to the country on Friday.

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Peru’s indigenous preserve biodiversity in Andes Potato Park

As climate negotiators gather for two weeks of talks in Lima, Peru, indigenous communities living in an Andes Potato Park dedicated to preserving biodiversity warn that global warming is forcing them to change centuries-old agricultural practices.

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Developing land without approval of local people 'a human rights issue of grave concern,' says new report

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.

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Panama’s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests

PANAMA CITY, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity.

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An impossible balancing act? Forests benefit from isolation, but at cost to local communities

The indigenous people of the Amazon live in areas that house many of the Amazon’s diverse species.

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Indigenous people and the crisis over land and resources

Do indigenous groups need saving from poverty? And why do they come into conflict with conservationists seeking to protect their land?

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Drug traffickers in Honduras displace indigenous people and destroy forests

Transnational drug trafficking organizations in Honduras – such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas – are displacing indigenous tribal groups and destroying critical forests and wildlife habitats.

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Mexico’s Cocopah People Refuse to Disappear

EL MAYOR, Mexico , Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - In their language, Cocopah means “river people”. For over 500 years the members of this Amerindian group have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora and the U.S. state of Arizona.

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Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes

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 (Komnas HAM) to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Com ...

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Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 2014 (IPS) - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India’s eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country’s most ancient tribes, hav ...

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Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 2014 (IPS) - Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle – this time against death th ...

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An untapped resource: new study finds local people may trump scientists at biodiversity surveys

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 published recentl ...

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On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'

9 August 2014 – Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”

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Indigenous constitutional recognition would 'be a spear to the heart of racists'

Recognising Indigenous people in the constitution will put a “spear through the hearts of racists in Australia” but the process will not be fast tracked, the government’s Indigenous affairs minister has said.

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Indigenous Leaders in Costa Rica Tell Ban Ki-moon Their Problems

SAN JOSE, Aug 1 2014 (IPS) - Indigenous people in Costa Rica, hemmed in by violent attacks from farmers and ranchers who invade their land and burn down their homes, have found a new ally: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who met with 36 native leaders during a recent visit to this ...

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Indigenous people in Brazil contacted for the first time — with bananas

Indigenous affaires department with grabs from a video showing a group of isolated Amazonian indians getting in contact for the first time with Ashaninka natives on the banks of the Envira River, Acre state, Brazil, in the border with Peru

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To cut carbon emissions, give communities rights to forest land - report

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Giving forest communities secure rights to their land is an effective but underused way to limit carbon emissions from deforestation, a report showed on Thursday.

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True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming

For the report, issued jointly by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), its authors surveyed almost all relevant literature published within the last 10 years, and supplemented it with their own deforestation and emissions analyses.

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Land rights in Latin America: where are the voices of indigenous women?

Latin America NGO director Omaira Bolaños explains the barriers to getting women's voices heard in climate change talks

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Local communities ‘sidelined’ in development research

Development research remains far too academic and disconnected, with a “minuscule fraction” ever reaching local communities in a useable form, experts say.

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UN report on aboriginals warns of crisis in Canada

A United Nations envoy says there’s a crisis in Canada when it comes to how aboriginal people in this country are treated, noting that the relationship between the federal government and indigenous peoples is even more strained than a decade ago.

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Chile’s Bachelet promises to return land to indigenous people

President Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday announced a plan to buy and return disputed ancestral lands to Chile’s indigenous communities as part of a strategy to better incorporate them into the country’s political process and economic development.

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Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest

In 2008, images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil created ripples.

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As We Destroy the Environment, We Also Lose Languages

Since the 1970s, linguistic diversity has been declining as fast as biodiversity — at about a 30 percent decline. That’s according to a new report a by researchers Jonathan Loh at the Zoological Society of London and David Harmon at the George Wright Society, which highlights the link between th ...

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Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable use under United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop brings representative of Governments,Indigenous leaders and local communities leaders from 12 countries to learn together and formed community of like-minded people.

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As forests are cleared and species vanish, there's one other loss: a world of languages

A new report shows a direct link between disappearing habitats and the loss of languages. One in four of the world's 7,000 spoken tongues is now at risk of falling silent for ever as the threat to cultural biodiversity grows.

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Indigenous peoples hold sustainable solutions to environmental crises

I first met Victoria Tauli-Corpuz 11 years ago in Rome. An indigenous Filipina activist, Vicky was attending a meeting on indigenous peoples' rights at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations rural development agency where I work.

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In Peru's Amazon, cash to indigenous communities aims to protect forests

NUEVO ARICA, Peru (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sweating under a blazing sun, workers pass papayas hand over hand from a dugout canoe up the steep bank of the Huallaga River.

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First Nation knowhow to help save our landscapes

The deep knowledge of First Nation (Aboriginal) people is being called on as part of a nationwide effort to stem the tide of extinction and decline that is engulfing the Australian landscape and its wildlife.

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Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

WASHINGTON, Apr 9 2014 (IPS) - Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.

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Sixty Languages at Risk of Extinction in Mexico—Can They Be Kept Alive?

Of the 143 native languages in Mexico, 60 are at risk of being silenced forever, linguists say.

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WIPO Members Working On Evolving Draft Of Potential TK Treaty

World Intellectual Property Organization member states today are trying to agree on the draft text of a potential international instrument to protect traditional knowledge from misappropriation.

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Indigenous communities demand forest rights, blame land grabs for failure to curb deforestation

Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities.

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Indigenous Peoples Present Their Perspectives On Traditional Knowledge At WIPO

Representatives of indigenous peoples opened a key meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organization with a discussion of the definition of traditional knowledge (TK), the presence of TK in the public domain, and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights under the United Nations Declaration o ...

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Indigenous people witness climate change in the Congo Rainforest

Indigenous communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are observing climate change even though they have no knowledge of the science, according to a unique collaboration between the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and local communities.

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