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Inuit And Environmental Groups Overcome Distrust To Work Together In Arctic

The relationship between Indigenous organizations and environmental NGOs used to be one of conflict and suspicion. But now these groups are working together to protect species, environments, culture and a common future.

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Nine ways to support the rights of indigenous people

What are the practical steps to push for recognising the rights of indigenous people around the world? Our expert panel shares their thoughts

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Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development?

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - “We, indigenous women want to be considered as part of the solution for sustainable development, because we have capabilities and knowledge, ” said Tarcila Rivera, a Quechua journalist and activist for the rights of indigenous people in Peru, at a press confer ...

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Canada seeks traditional aboriginal knowledge on climate change

Canadian government awards contracts to research the traditional knowledge of First Nations elders and communities.

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Arctic deal a path for full Inuit participation in the northern economy

The Arctic partnership announced Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama in Washington affords Canada the opportunity to show real leadership on climate-change initiatives and build a northern economy that secures Inuit participation.

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WWF accused of facilitating human rights abuses of tribal people in Cameroon

WWF, the world’s largest conservation organisation, has been accused by leading tribal defence group Survival International of inadvertently facilitating serious human rights abuses against pygmy groups living in Cameroonian rainforests.

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Aboriginal leaders are warning of the mental health cost of climate change in the North

First Nations and Inuit communities in the North are coping with growing despair over climate change, a problem observers are connecting to mental health and social problems.

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Indigenous Communities Enhance Rainforest Biodiversity

methods of farm cultivation of indigenous communities support biodiversity are fuelling calls from conservationists not to relocate them outside Malaysia’s thinning patches of rainforests.

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Regional Report of the Partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the UN-REDD Programme

Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important.

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A meal without an agenda

The Garos, resplendent in feathered headdresses and bright beads, would have stood out in any other crowd. Over here they fit in perfectly. A dozen representatives from this North Eastern tribe enter in a solemn line, and sit in the row right ahead of me. I diligently try squinting at the stage ...

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Experts: Paris Agreement falls short on indigenous rights

When world leaders announced a historic climate deal in Paris after years of negotiations, many participants and observers touted it as a triumph marking thebeginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.

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New bill in Finland threatens Sami peoples' right to traditional lands, livelihoods, UN expert warns

17 December 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert expressed deep concern today at the lack of consultation and the reduced protections to the Sami indigenous people in the current draft law on the Finnish Forest and Parks Service (Metsähallitus) to regulate the management of State owned lands.

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Online map seeks to boost indigenous land rights

[WASHINGTON DC] An interactive online map that shows which lands are held by indigenous people and local communities was launched this month.

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Indigenous people need support to reinforce resilience against climate change – UNESCO

27 November 2015 – Building resilience “is deeply rooted in [the] lifestyles and social solidarity” of the more than 400 million indigenous people – from the Samis of northern Europe, Berbers in Morocco to Vanuatu communities in the Pacific – who are feeling the adverse effects of climate change ...

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Bewildering Biodiversity – A Success Story of Food Security for Indigenous Peoples in India

CHIDAMBARAM TALUQ, CUDDALORE DISTRICT, India, Nov 20 2015 (IPS) - The 2013 National Food Security Act of the Government of India seeks, according to its preamble, to “provide for food and nutritional security by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people”.

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Indigenous People take steps to have a voice in COP21

NEW YORK — Aspirations for a new global climate agreement in Paris next month hinge on commitments made by national governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, Indigenous Peoples—who own, occupy or manage up to 65 percent of the Earth’s land surface—have been largely excluded from t ...

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Indigenous people ignored in climate plans, seek voice at UN talks

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The role of the world's more than 370 million indigenous peoples in fighting climate change has been largely ignored in national plans to curb planet-warming emissions issued ahead of upcoming U.N. climate talks, researchers and activists said on We ...

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To tackle climate change cheaply, first secure indigenous forest rights

Handing forests over to the people who live in them will help keep sea levels from continuing to rise, and it’s a course of action that more than pays for itself, new research shows.

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'We’re reinvigorating traditional knowledge’: Indigenous rangers in remote Australia

A new report hails the best Indigenous initiatives run by government and recommends their expansion

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Northern Tanzania Maasai Land Loss Threatens Indigenous Knowledge

NAIROBI, Kenya – After a five year gruelling court battle, the indigenous Maasai community in Northern Tanzania has lost the right to its traditional land after the High Court handed it to a US-based tourism company in a court ruling on 27 October.

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Medicinal Plants Popular and Unprotected in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Oct 28 2015 (IPS) - “This plant heals 150 ailments, like diabetes, high blood pressure and gastritis. It’s prepared as an infusion or blended with water, and you take it every day,” says Clemente Calixto, a traditional indigenous healer in Mexico, holding up a green leafy branch.

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India’s first Indigenous Terra Madre

Right now, the world is en route to Meghalaya. Indigenous tribes from 52 countries are preparing to travel to Shillong, where they will be hosted by 41 villages. The event is being reviewed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gathering of indigenous peoples in the world. But tha ...

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Indigenous peoples must benefit from science

The sun has been pale for months here in Sumatra and the skies are grey all day — choked with pollution from the massive fires that rage across the Indonesian island.

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Indigenous groups want changes to plan for Amazon biodiversity corridor

Tribal leaders welcome Colombia's plan but say it leaves out key part of forest management — the people who live there

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Countries Seek Ways To Restore Work On Traditional Knowledge Protection At WIPO

The fate of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee dedicated to finding solutions to protect traditional knowledge, generic resources, and folklore is being actively discussed informally at the organisation’s general assembly.

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‘Catastrophic failure': World’s indigenous communities lack rights to 75% of their land

Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are members of indigenous communities, many of whom depend on the land around them to survive.

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Five million hectares around Uluru declared an Indigenous protected area

Government funding will allow the Anangu people to protect sacred sites, native plants and animals around the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park

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Tripura's traditional practitioners take steps to conserve herbal biodiversity to revive Ayurveda

Kanchanpur (North Tripura): Ayurveda, which literally means the science of life, is an ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine.

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

How can we get the most out of our farmland without harming the planet? I traveled to rural Mexico to learn from indigenous farmers.

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Could indigenous knowledge systems combat climate change?

As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, the indigenous populations across the world have, for generations, already been noting these changes in a landscape they know intimately.

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African Group Proposes Permanent Traditional Knowledge Committee At WIPO

In a couple of weeks, the World Intellectual Property Organization will hold its annual General Assembly.

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Unconquered Kayapó warriors fighting for their Amazon land

The Kayapó people of the Amazon are excellent guardians of the forest but big business interests and a change to Brazil's constitution could threaten the ecosystem they have managed to preserve until now.

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Odisha tribals lose food source as teak plantations deluge their ‘forest farms’

BURLUBARU, KANDHAMAL: Kanigalaru Majhi's food stocks are running out.

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Land, resource rights key to Sami people’s self-determination, says UN expert

31 August 2015 – Securing rights over their land and natural resources is fundamental to the Sami people’s self-determination and a prerequisite for them to be able to continue to exist as a distinct people, an independent United Nations human rights expert said after a visit to the Nordic region.

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Caution on classifying traditional knowledge under IPR

As the government has initiated the process of vetting a draft Bill on the protection and management of traditional knowledge (TK), experts caution against creating monopoly rights on TK and classifying it under intellectual property rights.

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UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous Rights, Cultures in World Heritage Rules

Remember the Alamo? UNESCO just did, by including the fabled Texas mission in its latest designated places of "outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity."

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WIPO Director Gurry Highlights Value Of Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge and creativity is a valuable source of inspiration for all, but is largely accessible and might benefit from being better protected, the head of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization said this month.

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At event to mark International Day, Ban urges better healthcare for world’s indigenous peoples

10 August 2015 – Indigenous peoples must not be left out of the global community’s unfolding sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he marked the 2015 edition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a focus on their ...

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UN chief urges greater efforts to improve health and well-being of indigenous peoples

9 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples, who face a wide range of challenges from inadequate sanitation and housing to high rates of diabetes, drug and a ...

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Forest communities, indigenous people key to sustainable forests

If you want your country to be green, you need to invest in local communities," said Krirk Meemungkit, a forest farm "small-holder" from Thailand.

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To sustain its forests, Asia needs to invest in local people

Asia has a unique opportunity to fight climate change and lift many more people out of poverty if it invests more in the communities living in its forests, experts said.

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Firms and indigenous people can be partners

A few weeks ago I visited South Africa to document the story of a company making modern health products from a medicinal plant used for thousands of years by the indigenous San people

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Traditional medicine for modern times: Facts and figures

For millennia, people have healed with herbal or animal-derived remedies, using knowledge handed down through generations.

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WIPO: Databases To Protect GRs, TK, Useful But Some Controversy

In the quest to find solutions to protect traditional knowledge and genetic resources from misappropriation, some countries have resorted to private databases to be used by patent examiners.

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Inauguran en Guatemala un taller internacional sobre indígenas y biodiversidad

Guatemala, 8 jun (EFE).- Una serie de talleres sobre pueblos indígenas y biodiversidad fueron inaugurados hoy en el oeste de Guatemala, con la participación de representantes de unos 50 países.

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Traditional Knowledge Helps Understand Nature in Every Sense

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Anthropologist, Keola Awong, discusses the importance of approaching this week’s BioBlitz in the protected space using every sense, as well as a deep understanding and appreciation of the ancient sanctity of the place.

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What role do indigenous people and forests have in a sustainable future?

In April 2015, over a quarter of a million people flocked to the National Mall in Washington for the Global Citizen Earth Day concert. They urged leaders to take action to protect our planet and its people from the devastating effects of climate change.

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Living the Indigenous Way, from the Jungles to the Mountains

UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 8 2015 (IPS) - In the course of human history many tens of thousands of communities have survived and thrived for hundreds, even thousands, of years.

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Namibia: Indigenous Knowledge Is Imperative

There is a great need to protect traditional knowledge in order to curb the exploitation of holders of indigenous knowledge, particularly the elderly.

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Moving Indigenous Land Rights from Paper to Reality

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2015 (IPS) - Frustrated with decades of marginalisation, and of seeing their rights respected only on paper, Indigenous peoples are calling for major recognition from the international community.

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