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.
18 February, 2013 - A small delegation of indigenous peoples and local communities attended the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), held last month in Bonn, Germany.
Gujarat Biodiversity Board (GBB) has embarked on a massive project to prepare "people's biodiversity registers" (PBR) containing comprehensive information about folk knowledge of local biological resources, their medicinal and other uses or any other traditional knowledge associated with them.
Over the course of four years, a team of elite Australian researchers journeyed through the remote landscapes of Northern Australia to tap a vanishing resource: the wealth of knowledge carried by the indigenous inhabitants.
Now in his late 80s, farmer Wayan Gologan of Laplapan village in Gianyar still climbs coconut palms to harvest the coconut oil his village is famous for.
The Philippines is one of the richest countries in terms of cultural diversity. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples reports that we have 110 indigenous communities while the Summer Institute of Linguistics counts more than 170 ethno-linguistic groups in the country.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, James Anaya, was invited to speak at the opening of the World Intellectual Property Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) yesterday.
KORAPUT, India, Feb 1 2013 (IPS) - Last monsoon season, 65-year-old Sunadhar Ramaparia, a member of the Bhumia tribe in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, mixed indigenous crops like ‘para’ paddy, foxtail millet and oil seeds in his upland plot.
In the 1980's and 1990's more timber was removed from the rainforests Borneo than from all of Africa and South America combined.
There has been a tidal wave of severe criticism of the South African Government’s proposed legislation to provide for protection for traditional knowledge in domestic South African law (see for example the articles posted on the (IPSTELL blog) indicated by the keywords “traditional knowledge”.
LIMA, Dec 12 2012 (IPS) - At the end of every month, with the skill of an environmental engineer, Wilson Sandi prepares a work plan that will be used by Achuar indigenous people, like him, to document the scars left by 40 years of oil drilling in the Peruvian Amazon region of Loreto.
Indigenous knowledge and science often seem poles apart, but meshing them can curb disaster risk, reports Smriti Mallapaty.
A new report, “Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya”, published by the Institute for Culture and Ecology, African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation, reveals however that many of Africa’s Sacred Natural Sites and communities are under threat from mining, tourism an ...
The Government of India has released a set of draft guidelines to be followed in the patenting of traditional knowledge and biological material. Comments are due by 22 November.
NEW DELHI — For centuries, Indian housewives have used homemade remedies based on cow's milk to cure constipation -- but in 2009 Swiss giant Nestle applied for a patent to protect a similar product of its own.
[LONDON] Smallholder farmers should use their indigenous knowledge of trees to boost incomes and drive social development, according to a new book by Roger Leakey, vice chairman of the International Tree Foundation and renowned tree biologist.
There was a report in the Indian newspaper The Financial Express on 11 August 2012 that should be of great interest to anyone who's involved in patents in South Africa
PARIS, Sep 12 2012 (IPS) - Jean-Pierre Georges Foucault is a former scientist who is used to dealing with fact and evidence. But when a friend became ill and had excruciating pain, he accompanied her to a traditional healer who, with the placing of his hands, managed to effect a reduction in the ...
Community-based conservation is poised to take a starring role in the effort to meet global biodiversity targets.
Recognizing the rights of forest people to manage their land is critical to reducing deforestation rates and safeguarding global forests, argues a new report published by Rainforest Foundation Norway.
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.
THE INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREA program has been remarkably successful at helping traditional owners contribute to Australia's National Reserve System.
Herders of the Tibetan ethnic group are leading the charge in protecting grasslands and biodiversity in their communities, thanks to support from the government and environmental groups.
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.