Brazil’s Temer threatens constitutional indigenous land rights.
President Temer, influenced by the rural lobby in congress whose votes he needs to not be tried by the Supreme Court on corruption charges, has okayed new criteria meant to delegitimize indigenous land boundary claims, legal experts say.- One rule rejects any indigenous demarcation of land where Indians were not physically present on a traditional territory in 1988, which would disqualify many legitimate claims. - Another allows government to undertake “strategic” public works, such as dams and roads, without indigenous consent, violating the International Labor Organization’s 169 Convention, signed by Brazil.- The administration also introduced a bill likely to be passed by congress that reclassifies 349,000 hectares (1,347 square miles) of Jamanxim National Forest in the Amazon, gutting protections, allowing economic activities — logging, ranching, farming and mining — and legitimizing land grabs there.
Aug 02, 2017
People and wildlife now threatened by rapid destruction of central America's forests.
A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in Central America has found that cattle ranching and other anthropogenic activities represent a major threat to the region's remaining rainforests.
Jul 29, 2017
Of human-wildlife interactions.
Human-wildlife conflict management still remains a grey area for conservation practitioners.
Jul 07, 2017
Biodiversity protection versus Indigenous Peoples’ rights to food access in La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, Costa Rica
How do protected areas affect indigenous peoples’ rights to access traditional food?
Oct 27, 2016
Kenya's Ogiek people forced from homes amid 'colonial approach to conservation'
Indigenous hunter-gatherers are being violently evicted from what they claim are their ancestral lands as unrest takes hold over land rights in Kenya’s forests
Aug 18, 2016
Endangered: A Bird and a Tribe
The fate of a mysterious hummingbird — and that of the indigenous population that shares its territory — hangs by a thread.
"I would not find easy answers, but rather lessons both unexpected and essential in the complex ethics of conservation."
Jul 21, 2016
The Alarming Truth Behind Deforestation
Shining the light on the rainforest floor to reveal the growing problem of deforestation.
It’s no secret that the total global rainforest area is decreasing drastically, particularly in Central America and there are multiple factors contributing to this changing landscape including large and small scale architecture, logging and cattle ranching.
May 11, 2016
Indigenous communities enhance biodiversity
Research findings that traditional methods of farm cultivation of indigenous communities support biodiversity are fuelling calls from conservationists not to relocate them outside Malaysia’s thinning patches of rainforests.
Feb 14, 2016