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Environmental Funding Bypasses Indigenous Communities

Saturday, September 20, 2014

BALI, Indonesia, Sep 20 (IPS) - When she talks about the forests in her native Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, Maridiana Deren's facial expression changes. The calm, almost shy person is transformed into an emotionally charged woman, her fists clench and she stares wide-eyed at whoever is listening to her.

New Fund to Build on “Unprecedented Convergence” Around Land Rights

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - Starting next year, a new grant-making initiative will aim to fill what organisers say has been a longstanding gap in international coordination and funding around the recognition of community land rights.

Panama Turns to Biofortification of Crops to Build Food Security

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PANAMA CITY, Sep 16 (IPS) - Panama is the first Latin American country to have adopted a national strategy to combat what is known as hidden hunger, with a plan aimed at eliminating micronutrient deficiencies among the most vulnerable segments of the population by means of biofortification of food crops.

A Flood of Energy Projects Clash with Mexican Communities

Monday, September 15, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Sep 15 (IPS) - Since January, villagers and townspeople near the Los Pescados river in southeast Mexico have been blocking the construction of a dam, part of a multi-purpose project to supply potable water to Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz.

Majority of Consumer Products May Be Tainted by Illegal Deforestation

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 11 (IPS) - At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets.

Mexico’s Cocopah People Refuse to Disappear

Monday, September 08, 2014

EL MAYOR, Mexico, Sep 08 (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.

Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Thursday, September 04, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 04 (IPS) - The world's 370 million indigenous people, who say they were marginalised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), want to play a key role in the U.N.'s post-2015 development agenda, which will be finalised next year.

Mexico’s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules

Thursday, August 28, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Aug 28 (IPS) - Four wind farm projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, operated or financed by European investors, could violate Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rules, say activists.

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 (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, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.

Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats

Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (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 threats received by him and his family.

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