(7) October 2015
This photo essay offers a visual journey through the smoke-covered landscapes and villages of Central Kalimantan (CIFOR).
Government inaction in the face of corporate lands grabs is threatening the survival of local Indigenous communities (Telesur).
A new video by LifeMosaic, part of the series “Territories of Life“, looks at the impacts of this enormous land grab on indigenous peoples around the world (Chris Lang / redd-monitor.org).
Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper is building one of the world's largest pulp mills in South Sumatra province, which it says will boost Indonesia's economy and also showcase its commitment to environmentally friendly policies. But NGOs fear the mill will lead to more deforestation and cause more fires (David Fogarty / The Straits Times).
One week ago, world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York to endorse, to much fanfare, celebrity endorsement and self-congratulation, the new global plan for poverty: "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." Otherwise known as The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This emerging movement is increasingly standing with and learning from Indigenous Peoples all over the world in their struggle to protect what we have left, and return to a way of life that is more balanced and in harmony with the living force of the whole planet. (Cregan / intercontinentalcry.org)
To celebrate India's rich and vibrant bio-cultural heritage of tribal foods, indigenous forest people of our oldest surviving tribes from 7 states will be at the 8th CMS VATAVARAN (Source The Hansindia)
The report finds indigenous peoples and local communities have legal rights to just 18 percent of the world's land area. Lack of indigenous land rights can contribute to poverty, loss of cultural identity, and environmental destruction. Many countries have the means to extend land rights in the near future. (Erickson-Davis / Mongabay.com)