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Indigenous peoples mobilize to assert role in alleviating climate change; new policy brief

Indigenous Peoples, local communities, environmental activists, and women's groups from 25 different countries today kicked off a week of protests, meetings, and events to demand respect for community land rights.

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Land titling for indigenous communities leads to forest protection, peer-reviewed study finds

New research provides yet more evidence that granting indigenous and other local communities formal title to their traditional lands can be a boon to efforts to conserve forests.

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How to protect Peru's rainforest? Indigenous land titles, researchers say

RIO DE JANEIRO, APRIL 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Providing formal land ownership titles to indigenous communities is one of the most effective ways to preserve endangered rainforest in Peru's Amazon, said a study published on Monday.

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Indigenous people best custodians of threatened forests, studies show

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Granting formal land rights to indigenous people living in the world's tropical forests is among the most effective, but underused, ways to stop illegal deforestation that fuels violence, poverty and global warming, according to new research.

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South Africa’s San people issue ethics code to scientists

The indigenous people — known for their click languages — are the first in Africa to draft guidelines for researchers.

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The Indigenous ‘People of Wildlife’ Know How to Protect Nature

ROME, Mar 10 2017 (IPS) - In the northern part of Mount Kenya, there is an indigenous community — the Il Lakipiak Maasai (“People of Wildlife”) — which owns and operates the only community-owned rhino sanctuary in the country.

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An indigenous group reforests its corner of coastal New Guinea

Located on the Siretsy river delta in Papua’s Asmat district is the picturesque hamlet of Yepem, the 655 residents of this coastal enclave on the shore of the Arafura Sea continue to eat traditional foods and practice cultural arts despite the rest of Asia’s gallop into the 21st century.

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Indonesian president hands over management of forests to indigenous people

In a fresh start in customary forest recognition by the State, President Joko Widodo bestows the right to manage customary forests on nine indigenous communities

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Kenya Works With Communities On Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge Protection

NAIROBI, Kenya — Excessive degradation and over-exploitation of plant biodiversity in Kenya has led to depletion of some species and narrowed their genetic base.

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Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Percent of World’s Biodiversity

They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their traditi ...

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Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Per Cent of World’s Biodiversity

ROME, Feb 9 2017 (IPS) - They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world.

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Encyclopedia highlights traditional animal foods of Indigenous Peoples

A pioneering encyclopedia of more than 500 animal species that form the traditional diet of First Nations has just been published by the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE).

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For indigenous communities, fish is more than food

Indigenous peoples’ relationships with the sea play an important role in maintaining their identities

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For indigenous communities, fish mean much more than food

Along the arid coastline of northwestern Mexico, indigenous Seri communities, who first resisted Spanish rule and then Mexican extermination efforts, eventually gained formal titles over a small part of their ancestral coastal and marine territories.

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“Serious Retreats” In Indigenous Rights Protection, Says UN Rapporteur

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 2017 (IPS) - As the 10-year anniversary for the Declaration on Indigenous Rights approaches, UN indigenous rights activists came together to assess the many challenges that still remain on the ground.

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Conservation practices may leave African indigenous populations behind

Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, Ph.D. candidate in geography, Penn State.

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Africa's oldest indigenous peoples is facing a land crisis

The pygmies, widely known as Bambuti, are being pushed out of their native land to which they could assert no legal title

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Unifying Indigenous Karen to Preserve Sacred Forests and Cultural Heritage

On a misty morning in late November 2016, 77 community representatives from Karenni State as well as from all seven Karen districts gathered in the Karen village of Paw La Pu in Mutraw District, following a week-long trek from the Salween River.

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Indigenous seafood consumption 15 times higher per capita than national averages

Coastal Indigenous people eat, on average, 15 times more seafood per person than non-Indigenous people in the same country, finds a Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published today in PLOS ONE.

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Traditional knowledge can stem climate change impact

The knowledge of street-smart folk who live in the mountains, combined with research, can work together to develop effective responses to climate change and its impact on ecosystems and livelihoods, experts say.

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Hipsters’ insatiable appetite for superfoods is starving India’s ancient indigenous people

Every morning, Baisa, a forest-dwelling Karbi woman, gets up at 4am to forage for fresh, wild edible plants and insects from the forest. At the market in Diphu (Assam), Baisa is able to sell some of the surplus wild vegetables for about Rs100.

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WIPO Members Update Draft Text on Protecting Traditional Knowledge

Members of the UN’s intellectual property agency reportedly made some headway last week in updating a draft text relating to the protection of traditional knowledge, though many items remain unresolved.

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Indigenous People Hold The Key To Caribou Survival

When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements.

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Indigenous people eat 15 times more seafood than non-indigenous people

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Per capita seafood consumption among indigenous people living on or near the coast is 15 times greater than per person seafood consumption among non-indigenous people in the same country.

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Why land rights for indigenous peoples could be the answer to climate change

Preventing deforestation is central to curbing carbon emissions – and a case study on the Amazon shows the most cost-effective way of doing it

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If you want to tackle carbon emissions let indigenous people control their land

In my native Colombia, the cloud forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta have been described as holding the most important concentration of threatened wildlife on Earth. These forests are also the ancestral home of the Koguis, an indigenous group now numbering around 10,000 individuals.

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At COP22, UNESCO showcases indigenous knowledge to fight climate change

The UNESCO Pavilion at the 2016 UN Conference on Climate Change (COP22) opened its doors today with a series of discussions on the solutions that indigenous knowledge can offer to tackle climate change, and how to best support particularly vulnerable local and indigenous communities. Over 400 mi ...

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Meet the Indigenous rangers keeping our country healthy

It's only 8am, but inside the Troop Carrier it's already beginning to swelter. The soak holes and scrub flickering past the window have been parched dry by the searing heat. We're a few hundred kilometres south of Broome, near the Bidyadanga community, and Karajarri Senior Ranger Jess Bangu is t ...

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Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds

Leaving forests in communal hands cuts carbon emissions from deforestation, helps communities and offers long-term economic benefits: ‘Everyone wins’

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Indigenous Land Rights Bring Economic, not just Environmental Benefits

Oct 17 2016 (IPS) - Secure indigenous land rights not only bring environmental benefits, they can also foster economic development, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute.

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Kenyans urged to embrace traditional organic foods

Enthusiasts of indigenous foods and environmental-friendly agriculture over the weekend converged in Nakuru to showcase traditional and organic food.

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Taboos and ancient traditions help one community protect Kenya's forests

LAIKIPIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deep within the Mukogodo forest in central Kenya, a community of traditional hunter gatherers are working with the government to help expand forests and crack down on illegal logging and poaching using ancient conservation techniques.

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Indigenous People Demand Shared Benefits from Forest Conservation

GUADALAJARA, Mexico , Aug 31 2016 (IPS) - “Why don’t the authorities put themselves in our shoes?” asked Cándido Mezúa, an indigenous man from Panama, with respect to native peoples’ participation in conservation policies and the sharing of benefits from the protection of forests.

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Humans often degrade environment, but native peoples enhanced it

WATERLOO, Ontario, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- For the last 13,000 years, the native peoples of British Columbia improved the land upon which they depended. The land's trajectory stands in stark contrast to much of the rest of the world, where environmental degradation is the norm.

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Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘Critical’ to Combat Climate Change

ROME, Jul 25 2016 (IPS) - No longer it is about restoring the legitimate rights of over 370 indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide, many of them living in dire situation, but now about their central, critical role in combating climate change.

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Fast-track Development Threatens to Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 2016 (IPS) - Fast-tracked development often means that indigenous people and their territories get run over and their rights are not taken into consideration, Roberto Borrero, from the International Indian Treaty Council and Indigenous Peoples Major Group, said here Friday.

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Canada plans to lean on Indigenous knowledge to combat climate change

NIAGARA FALLS – For far too long governments ignored the warnings from elders.

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Arara Indians in Brazilian Amazon finally given right to their land

In a decree published this April, the Brazilian government of President Dilma Rousseff awarded a large area of land to the last remnants of the Arara Indians whose cultural and physical survival was threatened in the 1970s when the military government then ruling Brazil built a highway through t ...

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Inside Views: Interview- Indigenous Concern Over Growing Focus On IP In WIPO TK Talks

Indigenous peoples have been the victims of repeated acts of biopiracy while the international community has failed to act to prevent it, indigenous representatives said in an interview this week.

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Finding Lessons on Culture and Conservation at the End of the Road in Kauai

In the remote, tropical paradise called Ha‘ena, the community is reasserting Native Hawaiian stewardship of the land and sea

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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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