News - Forests and Climate Change

The indigenous community whose forest is their supermarket

10th Nov 2015
Dayak Iban people who live along the Utik River in Indonesian Borneo have a special relationship with the surrounding environment (Andi Fachrizal / Mongabay).

Upcoming Asia Pulp & Paper pulp mill ‘will guzzle timber’

8th Oct 2015
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).

From Forest to Delhi: Tribal Foods of India

5th Oct 2015
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)

‘Catastrophic failure’: World’s indigenous communities lack rights to 75% of their land

2nd Oct 2015
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 /

Promised task force on indigenous rights in Indonesia hits snag

18th Aug 2015
Disappointed 'adat' leaders wonder whether President Jokowi has the muscle to make good on the pledge. (Cory Rogers /

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