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La Fabriquita: lecciones de una comunidad en Guerrero para proteger el agua y salvar el bosque en México

Hace casi 15 años, los habitantes de una comunidad en el sur de México decidieron conservar el lugar que les proporciona agua: poco más de 500 hectáreas de su territorio las destinaron a la creación de una reserva ecológica. El bosque que conserva la comunidad, sin contar con apoyo gubernamental, se conoce como La Fabriquita; ahí se encuentra el manantial que beneficia a ocho pueblos de la Costa Chica de Guerrero.

More… Apr 07, 2022

Protecting water by conserving forests puts communities in Mexico to the test

Almost 15 years ago, the inhabitants of eight towns in southern Mexico’s Costa Chica decided to conserve an area that provides them with water by setting aside five square kilometers of their land to create an ecological reserve. Previously, sewage from the largest municipality in the area was discharged into the rivers that communities used for washing, bathing and drinking. Conflicts initially broke out between communities over sharing water and contributions to the protection of the reserve, though the project has sensitized people to conservation and increased the amount of water in the spring. However, according to forestry experts, Mexico’s protected natural areas have exceeded the institution’s capacity and available resources, meaning the communities that manage the conservation of the reserve receive little institutional support.

More… Apr 07, 2022

Letter from FPP and IDL to the Peruvian President to guarantee Indigenous rights

The letter is written in solidarity with the Federation of Native Communities of Ucayali and Tributaries (FECONAU), the Regional Organisation of Aidesep in Ucayali (ORAU) and the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP). Although the Flor de Ucayali community's land has been titled, they still suffer threats to their lands, lives and livelihoods on a regular basis. This letter asks Pedro Castillo Terrones, the President of Peru, to take immediate action to guarantee indigenous rights, protect human rights defenders in Flor de Ucayali, as well as creating and implementing across-sectional protection plan for the community in the face of continuing threats to their land and fundamental rights. Letter and annexes available in Spanish only.

More… Jan 29, 2022

Kichwa Community in Puerto Franco demand rights-based conservation from PNCAZ

Spanish only article

La comunidad indígena Kichwa de Puerto Franco se reunió con representantes del Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul (PNCAZ) reclamando el respeto de sus derechos y una conservación más inclusiva con los pueblos indígenas, que incluya la titulación de sus territorios ancestrales con efectivo acceso al mismo, la participación plena y efectiva en la gestión del área natural protegida y en la distribución de los beneficios producidos por las acciones de conservación de sus propios bosques.

More… Nov 23, 2021

This is my message to the western world - Your civilisation is killing life on Earth.

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it.

More… Oct 12, 2020

Indigenous land rights in the Amazon Basin.

Si no se protege a los pueblos indígenas no se está protegiendo la Amazonía. Los bosques amazónicos están protegiendo el planeta y mitigando el cambio climático por lo tanto es una prioridad alinear las políticas para proteger al mismo tiempo: territorio, pueblos indígenas y bosques. . If indigenous people are not protected then nor is the Amazon. The Amazon forest protects the planet and mitigates climate change which means that it is a priority to align those policies that protect land, indigenous peoples and the forest.

More… Sep 05, 2019

Brazil scraps 11 new Amazon protected areas covering 2,316 square miles.

In recent months, the state deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Rondonia had moved to create 11 new protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon, covering about 600,000 hectares (2,316 square miles) of forest. However, the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby, bitterly opposed to the action, launched a counter legislative measure, attaching the scrapping of the protected areas to an emergency state funding bill. On 25 September, that funding bill passed, effectively killing the conserved areas. Thirty years ago, only 2 percent of Rondonia’s forested land had been felled. That has increased to 28.5 percent today, the highest level in any Amazonian state due to a massive influx of land-hungry families, relocation encouraged by the government, along with the uncontrolled expansion of logging and land clearing for ranching. Conservationists fear that continued illegal incursions into conserved areas could result in escalating violence as land grabbers, illicit loggers and cattlemen conflict with indigenous groups and Brazilian law enforcement over Amazon land claims.

More… Oct 11, 2018

HOW CONSERVATION BECAME COLONIALISM.

Indigenous people, not environmentalists, are the key to protecting the world’s most precious ecosystems.

More… Jul 22, 2018