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  1. Q&A: What of the Carbon Neutral Countries?

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    PARAMARIBO, Feb 14 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Desmond Brown interviews DR. ARMSTRONG ALEXIS, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative for Suriname.

    As High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) nations meet in Suriname at a major conference, it is obvious that the decision made by these countries to preserve their forests has been a difficult but good one.

  2. Rapa Nui’s Stone Statues and Marine Resources Face Threats from Climate Change

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    HANGA ROA, Chile, Feb 14 (IPS) - Social activists and local authorities in Rapa Nui or Easter Island are calling for urgent action to address rising sea temperatures, declining rainfall, and rising tides that threaten their fishing resources and their Moais, the mysterious volcanic stone monoliths.

  3. Are Sustainable Development Goals Reaching Indigenous Peoples?

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    ORLANDO, Florida, Feb 12 (IPS) - Peter J. Jacques is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA.

    Life and death for whole communities hang in the balance of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include eliminating poverty, conserving forests, and addressing climate change in a resolution adopted unanimously by the United Nations in 2015.

  4. The Right to Life, Liberty, and Land

    Thursday, February 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 07 (IPS) - Sustainable land management is becoming more important than ever as rates of emissions, deforestation, and water scarcity continue to increase. But what if you don't have rights to the land? While the impact of agriculture on land is well known, the relationship between land degradation and land tenure seems to be less understood.

  5. Mexican Village Wants to Turn Thermoelectric Plant into Solar Panel Factory

    Friday, February 01, 2019

    YECAPIXTLA, Mexico, Feb 01 (IPS) - Social organisations in the central Mexican municipality of Yecapixtla managed to halt the construction of a large thermoelectric plant in the town and are now designing a project to convert the installation into a solar panel factory, which would bring the area socioeconomic and environmental dividends.

  6. Argentina's Indigenous People Fight for Land Rights

    Saturday, January 12, 2019

    TARTAGAL, Argentina, Jan 12 (IPS) - Nancy López lives in a house made of clay, wood and corrugated metal sheets, on private land dedicated to agriculture. She is part of an indigenous community of 12 families in northern Argentina that, like almost all such communities, has no title to the land it occupies and lives under the constant threat of eviction.

  7. Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 10 (IPS) - "We have already been decimated and subjected, and we have been victims of the integrationist policy of governments and the national state," said indigenous leaders, as they rejected the new Brazilian government's proposals and measures focusing on indigenous peoples.

  8. Local Communities Question Benefits of Mayan Train in Southern Mexico

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico, Dec 17 (IPS) - "If thousands of people flock to this town, how will we be able to service them? I'm afraid of that growth," ZendyEuán, spokeswoman for a community organisation,said in reference to the Mayan Train (TM) project, a railway network that will run through five states in southern Mexico.

  9. “No One Listened to Us!” The Ixiles of Guatemala

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    Stockholm/Rome, Dec 17 (IPS) - According to the Mexican Interior Ministry more than 7,000 Central American migrants have during the last month arrived at the US-Mexico border. Despite warnings by officials that they will face arrests, prosecution and deportation if they enter US territory, migrants state they intend to do so anyway, since they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence. This is not new, in 1995 I visited Ixil and Ixcan, two Guatemalan areas mainly inhabited by Ixiles. My task was to analyse the impact of a regional development programme aimed at supporting post-conflict indigenous communities. United Nations has estimated that between 1960 and 1996 more than 245,000 people (mostly civilians) had been killed, or "disappeared" during Guatemalan internal conflicts, the vast majority of the killings were attributed to the army, or paramilitary groups.

  10. Indigenous Leaders are Calling for New Global Agreement to Protect Amazon

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 27 (IPS) - Leaders of Amazon's indigenous groups are calling for a new global agreement to protect and restore at least half of the world's natural habitats.

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