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How indigenous people in the Amazon are coping with the coronavirus pandemic

A 15-year-old boy from a remote region of the Brazilian Amazon, near the border with Venezuela, died of COVID-19 on April 9. A member of the 35,000-strong Yanomami people, the boy was the first known death among Brazil's indigenous communities in the current pandemic. There are now growing fears ...

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Disappearance of animal species takes mental, cultural and material toll on humans

For thousands of years, indigenous hunting societies have subsisted on specific animals for their survival. How have these hunter-gatherers been affected when these animals migrate or go extinct?

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Africa: Amid Coronavirus, Let's Not Forget About Indigenous People

Indigenous communities play a critical role in preventing the emergence of diseases and must be involved in the response to the pandemic.. For the first time in living memory, the industrialized world understands what it is to be entirely susceptible to disease, as vulnerable as indigenous peop ...

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OPINION: For Indigenous Peoples, isolation is our version of social distancing

For the first time in living memory, the industrialized world understands what it is to be entirely susceptible to disease, as vulnerable as Indigenous Peoples once were to diseases brought by outsiders who colonized our lands. As vulnerable as many Indigenous Peoples still are to the COVID 19 p ...

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Earth Day: Meet the original eco warriors protecting the planet

Indigenous people account for less than 5% of the world's population - but they support or protect 80% of the planet's biodiversity. They are often the most vulnerable to climate change, but have developed systems built on thousands of years of land management, sustainability, and climate adapti ...

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South American indigenous peoples close territories in response to COVID-19

The first case of a member of an indigenous community in Peru testing positive for Coronavirus was recorded late last month. The person in question, Aurelio Chino, is an indigenous leader who got sick after he traveled to the Netherlands to present a complaint against the oil company Pluspetrol.

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Covid-19: Why is it so important to protect indigenous territories?

The colonization of America was one of the most significant chapters in the recent history of human civilization. Although the wars of conquest and the process of exploitation of indigenous populations are well known, little is said about the impact that the epidemiological factor had on it, and ...

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Indigenous knowledge could reveal ways to weather climate change on islands

Some islands have such low elevation, that mere inches of sea-level rise will flood them, but higher, larger islands will also be affected by changes in climate and an understanding of ancient practices in times of climate change might help populations survive, according to researchers.

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Why communities must be at the heart of conserving wildlife, plants and ecosystems

A little more than a year ago, the Haida Nation released the Land-Sea-People plan to manage Gwaii Haanas, off the coast of northern British Columbia, “from mountaintop to seafloor as a single, interconnected ecosystem.”

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Indigenous people are most vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus in Latin America

The health situation of indigenous peoples due to infectious-contagious diseases is already serious due to its high prevalence and the very poor health service. The coronavirus would further aggravate this situation,” Peruvian anthropologist Beatriz Huertas, who specialises in indigenous peoples ...

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Indigenous Leaders Issue Plea for COVID Pandemic Protection

Indigenous leaders from across South America on Monday issued a desperate plea for protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that the virus poses an “existential threat” to their communities.

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COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years

COVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who gathered on March 13, in New York City, for a panel on Indigenous rights, deforestation and related health endemics.

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Indigenous Communities Around the World Protecting Biodiversity

Slow Food believes that defending biodiversity also means defending cultural diversity. The rights of indigenous peoples to control their land, to grow food and breed livestock, to hunt, fish and gather according to their own needs and decisions is fundamental in order to protect their livelihoo ...

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Could the Coronavirus Pandemic have been Avoided if the World Listened to Indigenous Leaders?

Mina Setra remembers the story clearly. As a Dayak Pompakng indigenous person from Indonesia, when visitors from the city who came into her community; brought bottled water with them because they were worried about the water not being suitable for drinking.

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The forest is everything': indigenous tribes in India battle to save their home from Adani – in pictures

Australian photographer Brian Cassey visits Hasdeo Arand, one of the largest contiguous stretches of dense forest in central India. The area is rich in biodiversity, containing many threatened species including elephants, leopards and sloth bears. A rash of newly approved mines could further des ...

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Request for Submissions to the Global Report of Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge on Climate Change 2020

Indigenous issues in high mountain areas is a primary raison d’etre for GlabierHub and has been since the site began in 2015. GlacierHub strives to communicate the essentiality of indigenous knowledge to climate crisis solutions and sustainable practices related to glacier communities. With that ...

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COVID-19 emerged due to forest destruction: indigenous leaders

The destruction of forests that encourages climate change also encourages the emergence of diseases like the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), indigenous leaders, who recently met in New York, said. Loss of habitat has brought wild animals into closer contact with humans and domesticated ani ...

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Green Violence: ‘Eco-Guards’ Are Abusing Indigenous Groups in Africa

In recent years, conservation groups such as WWF have been embroiled in controversy as the poorly trained “eco-guards” these organizations have funded in Africa have been accused of abusing indigenous people in their ancestral territories in national parks and preserves. Last week, a draft repor ...

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With most biodiversity lying on indigenous land, their leadership is crucial'

‘In traditional times there were no borders like now — no states and territories, no native title borders and different groups drawing lines. This project removes those borders so that we can work together to keep country and people healthy.”

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The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers

The tropical savannas of northern Australia are among the most fire-prone regions in the world. On average, they account for 70% of the area affected by fire each year in Australia.

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Indigenous Innovations Provide Blueprint for Climate-Resilient Design

A new book, Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, highlights centuries-old technologies that provide a powerful toolkit for sustainable architecture and design in the modern age.

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Brazilian tribespeople grow cacao to help their forests

Gold or or chocolate? Some indigenous tribes in the Amazon have made their choice and their environment is likely to benefit as a result.

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Forests that heal: Medicinal plants as an ecosystem service

Five trillion US dollars. That’s how much the overall international trade in medicinal plants and their products alone is expected to amount to by the year 2050. Estimates, as far as medicinal plants go, are many.

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Protecting indigenous cultures is crucial for saving the world’s biodiversity

Species are being lost at about a thousand times the natural rate of extinction. This is faster than at any other period in human history. Ecosystems — the vital systems on which all life depends — are being degraded across the globe.

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Indigenous Lands Ace Biodiversity Measurements

Scientists, conservation organizations and governments looking to stem the tide of extinction regularly center of attention efforts on safe spaces comparable to nationwide parks and flora and fauna preserves. However with as many as 1,000,000 species in danger, this technique will not be suffici ...

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Indigenous-led community efforts redefine forest management in Kenya

An organization in Kenya is making a big impact through its support for forest-related projects initiated by local communities, according to the UN-REDD Programme.

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Bolivia: contribution of indigenous people to fighting climate change is hanging by a thread

Earth’s forests oxygenate the atmosphere and store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO₂). But research suggests that the health of these vast ecosystems in large part depends on the work of indigenous people.

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How Native Tribes Are Taking the Lead on Planning for Climate Change

With their deep ties to the land and reliance on fishing, hunting, and gathering, indigenous tribes are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Now, native communities across North America are stepping up to adopt climate action plans to protect their way of life.

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For the First Time the Indigenous People of the Americas Meet in Mexico

It will be the first international meeting of indigenous peoples of the American continent. The central theme of the event will be the role of indigenous women and youth in the protection of traditional food systems.

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Trust our expertise or face catastrophe, Amazon peoples warn on environment

Ecosystems will continue to collapse around the world unless humanity listens to the expertise of indigenous communities on how to live alongside nature, a prominent Amazon leader has warned.

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Old Growth Forests Are Vital to Indigenous Cultures. We Need to Protect What’s Left

The B.C. government is reviewing its policies to manage the province’s old growth forests and seeking public input.This should be the opportunity for the government to start righting the mistakes of the past.

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Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes

The villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden hut housing the health post and into the thick forest, pointing out the seedlings they planted along the way.

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18 Organizations Protecting Biodiversity in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico

The “Four Corners” states of the American Southwest — Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico — are places rich in natural and cultural biodiversity. From deserts to mountains to lakes and rivers, the region is home to more than 400 species of birds and the greatest diversity of mammal species i ...

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«Le rôle des communautés autochtones est crucial pour préserver la biodiversité et le climat»

Plus d’un tiers de ce qu’il reste dans le monde de forêts intactes se situe sur les terres des populations autochtones, lesquelles les protègent efficacement, constate une étude publiée début janvier. Entretien avec son auteur principal, John E. Fa, professeur à la Manchester Metropolitan Univer ...

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Indigenous lands hold 36% or more of remaining intact forest landscapes

More than one-third of the world’s remaining pristine forests, known as intact forest landscapes, exist within land that’s either managed or owned by indigenous peoples, a new study has found.

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Bushfires Are 'Obliterating the Cultural Memory' of Australia's Aboriginal People

The deadly, ongoing bushfires in Australia have been burning for months. Around Christmas, however, the glittering orange flames grew closer to the community of East Gippsland in eastern Victoria, home to more than 46,000 people. Alice Pepper, an indigenous community organizer with the Gunaikurn ...

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The right to be cold

Finland is the home of rich fishing cultures that are dependent on proper snow and ice conditions. The coastal Swedes, Finns and the Indigenous Sámi People have all developed cultures and food systems that, since the Ice Age 10,000 years ago, have relied on their knowledge of ice.

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On the largest freshwater island in the world, Lake Huron’s Native Americans warn of the fragility of water

In their native tongue, the Anishinaabe people have many words for water. There’s nibi, the water you drink. There’s gimewan, the water that falls from the sky. There’s nibiiwsh, the water that wells up in your eyes. There’s biinjinoowaanaabo, the water that breaks before a baby is born.

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Colombian Scientist Wins Award For Lifelong Lizard Studies

Last December, an important representation in the Colombian population has been announced, what with the announcement of biologist Jhan Salazar as the winner of the Young Afro-Colombian 2019.

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For a Sustainable Food System, Look to Seeds

“Our seeds are more than just food for us. Yes, they are nutrition. But they’re also… spirituality,” says Electa Hare-RedCorn, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and a Yankton descendant. “Each seed has a story and each seed has a prayer.”

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We need to save the tamaraw before it is too late

Old Fausto exhaled from his worn clay pipe, the sweet scent of wild tobacco enveloping the hut."It was sickness that drove us down from the mountains. Measles we got from Tagalog visitors. Half our village of 200 died. The survivors moved here to be closer to civilization. Now we constantly need ...

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Indigenous Peoples Key To Saving Threatened Forests

More than a third of the world’s vanishing pristine forests are managed by indigenous peoples under threat from development and deforestation, scientists said Tuesday, calling for greater protection.

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Indigenous Knowledge Has A Role In Global Climate Discourse

Indigenous knowledge of indigenous peoples (IPs) can make an important contribution to climate change policies and on climate action even if they are only less than a fifth of the world’s population. They occupy 22 percent of the globe, have existed thousands of years longer tnan any mainstre ...

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Indigenous Groups Team Up to Protect Latin America's Forests

In the name of Latin America's forest, Central American countries have united as part of a regional climate action plan released at U.N. climate talks in Madrid this week, according to an article by Reuters.

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Western science and cultural knowledge meet to conserve biodiversity

A new research project led by Curtin University will unite modern Western science with historical and cultural knowledge from local Indigenous Elders to conserve the biodiversity of the Dryandra Woodlands near Narrogin, Western Australia.

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Local traditional knowledge can be as accurate as scientific transect monitoring

New research from a cross-organisational consortium in the Amazon has found indigenous knowledge to be as accurate as scientific transect monitoring.

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Indigenous groups at COP push for ‘emergency’ protections

Indigenous groups are working to ensure references to human and Indigenous rights are included in Article 6 at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 25 in Madrid this week. Article 6 is the last article left to be negotiated from the Paris Accord, and it’s complex and contentious. It defines how c ...

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Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with social media app Siku

A social media app geared towards the outdoor lives of Inuit launched Wednesday with features that tie traditional knowledge to smartphone technology.

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Indigenous Knowledge, a Lesson for a Sustainable Food Future

Local knowledge systems rooted in traditional practices and culture passed down generations provide sustainable solutions to food and nutritional insecurity on the back of climate change, a conference heard this week.

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Mātauranga Māori 'needed' to help fight the world's biodiversity crisis

The world is in the grip of a biodiversity crisis, but the issue is often lost in the loud clamour over climate change. The warming planet is just one of a number of human-made factors including habitat change, invasive species, over-exploitation and pollution pushing the planet to the brink of ...

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