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#105022
2015-08-28

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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#104954
2015-08-21

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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#104956
2015-08-21

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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#104830
2015-08-11

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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#104816
2015-08-10

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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#104798
2015-08-07

Protecting Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Conserving Biodiversity

On August 9 the world will commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year the focus is on health and wellbeing.

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#104545
2015-07-14

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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#104546
2015-07-14

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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#104482
2015-07-06

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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#104436
2015-06-30

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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#104428
2015-06-29

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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#104217
2015-06-09

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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#103851
2015-05-15

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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#103782
2015-05-11

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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#103767
2015-05-08

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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#103663
2015-04-29

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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#103652
2015-04-28

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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#103596
2015-04-23

Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrus

Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammal

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#103587
2015-04-22

Tribal peoples have a crucial role to play in global conservation

Tribal peoples are generally the best conservationists; they have managed their lands sustainably for many generations. Forcibly removing tribal peoples from their land usually results in environmental damage. Such removals are a violation of human rights and should be opposed by conservationists.

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#103515
2015-04-17

Elders in Metro Vancouver schools help foster 'empathy and compassion

Holding up her eagle feather, Roberta Price opens the conversation at Manoah Steves Elementary School in Richmond, B.C., with the ceremony of introduction. This is what she does to mark the beginning of her cultural teachings.

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#103464
2015-04-14

Indigenous Africans Struggle With Traditions, Modern Life

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies.

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#103386
2015-04-08

WIPO Seminar Displays National Efforts To Protect TK, Folklore

A recent seminar convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization shed light on national and regional legislations protecting traditional knowledge, folklore and genetic resources, and provided examples of misappropriation.

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#103082
2015-03-10

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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#103036
2015-03-05

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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#102952
2015-02-26

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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#102891
2015-02-23

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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#102825
2015-02-18

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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#102820
2015-02-17

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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#102791
2015-02-13

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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#102502
2015-01-26

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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#102478
2015-01-22

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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#102423
2015-01-16

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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#102259
2014-12-17

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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#102237
2014-12-16

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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#102180
2014-12-09

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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#102153
2014-12-05

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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#102099
2014-12-03

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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#102084
2014-12-02

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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#102085
2014-12-02

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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#101947
2014-11-21

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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#101587
2014-10-22

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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#101313
2014-10-08

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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#101038
2014-09-23

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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#100839
2014-09-10

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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#100810
2014-09-09

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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#100584
2014-08-25

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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#100519
2014-08-19

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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#100486
2014-08-15

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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#100446
2014-08-13

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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#100413
2014-08-11

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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