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Amazon Indigenous REDD+: an innovative approach to conserve Colombian forests?

An authority that represents indigenous organizations of the nine Amazonian countries proposes a conservation initiative in which cultural traditions and ancestral knowledge form the basis for development.

The Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA) initiative led in Colombia by the indigenous organization OPIAC is being implemented in the departments of Amazonas and Guainia, territories made up of 169 indigenous reservations of 56 different villages, not counting the populations that are in voluntary isolation. In 2012, the reservation of the Upper Basin of the Inírida River (CMARI), inside the Puinawai Nature Reserve, was chosen as the location of the first pilot implementation project of RIA in Colombia, which had its official presentation at COP18, the 18th meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference. For indigenous communities in the Amazon, it is important that their ancestral traditions are recognized as the basis for the implementation of RIA and used as a mechanism to safeguard Amazonian biodiversity.

More… Jan 06, 2017

Top Guatemalan beauty spot mired in indigenous rights conflict.

Dispute over major tourist attraction and conservation area is tearing local communities apart.

More… Dec 18, 2016

Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea.

Representatives of native peoples all over the world are taking part in a meeting during the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity in the resort city of Cancún, Mexico. Indigenous delegates in the summit are defending their rights and their natural resources, which are threatened by climate change, the extractive industries and biopiracy.

More… Dec 14, 2016

Conservation zones exclude indigenous people, drive deforestation.

Without their traditional land managers, reserves in Central America are left vulnerable to corporate interests, report finds.

More… Dec 09, 2016

Amazon fishery management provides rare 'win-win' for conservation and poverty alleviation

A study into freshwater lake management along the Amazon's most meandering river has demonstrated astounding benefits to local livelihoods in replenishing vitally important fish stocks -- a source of much-needed food and income.

More… Oct 27, 2016

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?

More… Oct 27, 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."

More… Jul 21, 2016

Communities lead the way in rainforest conservation in Guatemala

In the Maya Biosphere Reserve concessions where local communities sustainably harvest forest products have proved a boon for people and the forest alike — but their future is uncertain. Mongabay correspondent Sandra Cuffe investigates the complex forces at play in her series exploring challenges in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

More… Jun 11, 2016