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West Papuans Turn to Africa for Support in Freedom Bid

Saturday, April 30, 2016

CANBERRA, Australia, Apr 30 (IPS) - For more than half a century, the indigenous people of West Papua, located on the western side of the island of New Guinea, who are related to the Melanesians of the southwest Pacific Islands, have waged a resistance to governance by Indonesia and a relentless campaign for self-determination.

Forced Closure of Bedouin Settlements

Friday, April 22, 2016

UMM AL-HERAN, Southern Israel, Apr 22 (IPS) - Despite ostensibly freezing the Prawer Plan -- a proposed bill to 'regulate Bedouin settlement in the Negev'-- in 2013, Israel continues to push for forced closure of unrecognised Bedouin villages in this southern region. The village of Umm al-Heran, near the Bedouin township of Hura, is amongst those slated for demolition.

Ethiopia’s Smoldering Oromo

Monday, April 11, 2016

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Apr 11 (IPS) - The Ethiopian government's most serious domestic political crisis in more than a decade began over a scruffy football field appropriated by local officials for development.

Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development?

Monday, March 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 (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 conference on the Empowerment of Indigenous Women.

Corruption Threat to Pacific Island Forests

Monday, March 21, 2016

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, driven primarily by excessive commercial logging, most of which is illegal, is a perpetual threat.

Tribute to a Slain Environment Activist

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Mar 15 (IPS) - Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, was in her early 20s when she co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Cophin), a group that campaigned for the rights of indigenous communities in the South American nation.

Public Primary Boarding Schools in Pastoral Communities

Monday, March 07, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 07 (IPS) - Jonathan Tipapa is a nine year-old boy whose daily journey to and from school exposes him to many dangers that have seen him come close to dropping out of school -- like many of his friends who can be seen running after cows even on school days. He attends Enkutoto primary school in the expansive Narok South Constituency in the Rift Valley region, approximately 70 miles from the capital Nairobi.

Tanzania Farmers, Pastoralists Launch Forum to Resolve Water Conflicts

Thursday, March 03, 2016

PAWAGA, Tanzania, Mar 03 (IPS) - At a remote village of Itunundu in Iringa, farmers and pastoralists recently met to discuss the best way to share land resources while charting out a strategy to prevent unnecessary fights among themselves. No one in the village ever imagined that this meeting would ever take place as the two groups had for long considered themselves enemies: they often clashed for water and pastures to feed their animals thus causing deaths and loss of property.

Latin America’s Indigenous Peoples Find an Ally in the Pope

Monday, February 15, 2016

, Feb 15 (IPS) - "We want Pope Francis' message to come true…We want the rights of indigenous people to be supported, respected and strengthened," Yuam Pravia, a representative of the Misquito native people, said in this city in southern Mexico.

Agroecology in Africa: Mitigation the Old New Way

Monday, January 11, 2016

OAKLAND, California, Jan 11 (IPS) - Millions of African farmers don't need to adapt to climate change. They have done that already.

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