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Traditional Communities And No-Take Protected Areas In Brazil

Conflicts And Rights

The study shows that the most of the cases involving conflicts protected areas (around 44.3%) are located in the Atlantic Forest, 30.3% in coastal areas,12.6% in the Amazonian region, 6.3% in the Caatinga ( Northeast Brazil) and 5.0% in the Cerrado (Savanah) and 1.2% in Pantanal.

More… Feb 15, 2012

Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest

Caura Futures is trying to change this by taking a non-conventional approach to conservation.

Unlike adjacent parts of the Amazon where the chief dangers to the forest ecosystem are conversion to industrial agriculture and cattle pasture, infrastructure projects, and fire, one of the most immediate threats to the Caura Basin is more subtle: cultural loss among the people who have traditionally served as its protector.

More… Nov 16, 2011

Evading indigenous consultation in Bolivia

The TIPNIS - the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park - is both a national park and an autonomous territory held in common by the Yuracare, Moxeno and Chiman peoples.

Despite international requirements such as ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, governments often avoid engaging in informed consultations with their indigenous populations.

More… Sep 17, 2011

Is war good for conservation?

The dilemma facing the Colombian jungle

"The armed conflict left thousands dead and the numbers of 'compulsory displacement' surpass four million people. However, some experts believe that, paradoxically, it was precisely the conflict that has helped conserve the forest."

More… Mar 07, 2011

Video - 'Paraguayan govt raids offices of NGO opposing Chaco research.'

Amnesty International admonishes the Paraguayan government.

Human rights group Amnesty International has strongly admonished the Paraguayan government for raiding the offices of a local NGO that had questioned the impact on indigenous people of a British Natural History Museum expedition to Paraguay's remote Chaco forest.

More… Dec 17, 2010

Bolivia - Madidi National Park and the Curse of Petroleum.

Environmental organisations in Bolivia are waging a crusade to protect Madidi National Park against bids to tap into its petroleum reserves, build hydroelectric dams and promote human settlement in the country's largest nature preserve.

"Fernández suggested that effective alternatives are needed to fight poverty in the area.."

More… Dec 15, 2010

A Letter to the Natural History Museum, London.

"It is my duty to impress on you that the expedition carries an extremely severe risk to the integrity and rights of isolated (uncontacted) indigenous groups...."

From the Director of Iniciativa Amotocodie to Dr Sandy Knapp, Paraguay 2010 Expedition Coordinator

More… Dec 07, 2010

Stop the eviction of families in the Lacandon Jungle

Friends of the Earth International condemn police operations in Chiapas

The evictions were made to make way for palm oil plantations. Your help is needed in calling for an end to the evictions and the proposed development.

More… Nov 11, 2010