(5) May 2015

Indonesia: President Jokowi extends the moratorium and announces a 4.6 million hectare land grab

Last week, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo agreed to extend the country’s moratorium on new forestry concessions. Also last week, Jokowi visited Papua and relaunched the disastrous Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE). (Chris Lang / REDDmonitor.org)

Kenya’s Maasai determined to overcome the challenges of drought and climate change

Persistent droughts are undermining the self-sufficiency of Maasai communities in the Great Rift Valley and worsening their living conditions (Sarchi / The Ecologist)

Ecotourism Is Saving Tanzania’s Animals and Threatening Its Indigenous People

For more than a century, the Maasai have been corralled into smaller pieces of land in order to conserve the environment and animals— making room for deluxe suites and armies of tourists. (Friedman-Rudovsky / Vice.com)

Lo que sucede cuando las indígenas gestionan la selva en India

NAYAGARH, India, 4 may 2015 (IPS) - Lejos de Nueva Delhi, en India se desarrolla en silencio un drama que abarca a 275 millones de personas que viven en los bosques del país y que podría ser la lucha definitoria del siglo XXI. 850 aldeas del distrito de Nayagarh gestionan colectivamente 100.000 hectáreas de terrenos selváticos y, en consecuencia, 53 por ciento de la masa terrestre de la zona ahora tiene una cubierta forestal.

West Papua ‘oil palm atlas’ portrays industry’s explosion in region

A new report sheds light on the industry's rapid expansion in Indonesia's easternmost region – and on the companies behind the plantation drive. (Philip Jacobson / Mongabay.com)

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