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New Initiative Aims to Integrate Agriculture and Conservation

Prestigious scientists and leaders of organisations devoted to biodiversity conservation have launched an initiative to promote a new approach to agriculture.

More… Sep 07, 2013

Video - The National Park KaaIya del Gran Chaco: the last opportunity for the South American Great Chaco

From SaviaBolivia - www.saviabolivia.org

A documentary about the Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park – the largest in Bolivia - which was created as an initiative of the indigenous peoples that live in the areas surrounding it (the Guarani-Isoseños, Chiquitanos and Ayoreodes) to ensure their own survival as a culture and as peoples by protecting the natural resources that are an integral part of their culture and livelihoods. This is a jointly managed park in which these communities have a management role. This big protected area is part of a great mosaic of different conservation and management units which extend to the east and south of Bolivia. The Park and its communities are threatened by expanding agro-industrial frontiers and growing demands from extractive industries.

More… Jul 07, 2013

Video - Yandereko: Reciprocity, Union and Love

From SaviaBolivia - www.saviabolivia.org

A film about the Guaraní-Isoseño people´s traditions and their relation with the KaaIyas (the owners of the natural resources). These traditions are fading against modernity. This film intents to be an instrument to rescue their culture, and send a message to the young people to keep their traditions alive.

More… Jul 07, 2013

Conservation and dispossession in Bogotá

The deployment of conservation zones in Bogotá's 'green' neighbourhoods, is fast becoming an alibi for the dispossession of the city's most vulnerable residents.

The establishment of urban conservation areas in Bogotá increasingly constitute de facto privatised spaces for the city's wealthy residents. As ‘green’ areas in the city become more attractive to the upper and middle-classes, local residents are stigmatised as threats to environmental security, and subsequently evicted leaving their land for more profitable, ‘environmentally-friendly’ uses. Thus, it is precisely in the name of the environment that a deeply fractured urban landscape of exclusion, segregation and dispossession has been legitimated and reinforced in the city.

More… Mar 15, 2013

Bolivia: Ecotourism Helps Amazon Jungle Communities Survive

The ecotourism company is named in honour of the giant Mapajo tree, a sacred tree that grows 40 metres high and provides protective cover for many other species of trees used for their wood in the Amazon rainforest.

It took 10 years before current President Evo Morales finally formally granted the CRTM collective title to their land, which has enabled them to create and strengthen productive initiatives, such as the harvesting and use of jatata palm fronds. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) had already designated Pilón de Lajas – adjacent to the enormous Madidi National Park – a biosphere reserve in 1977.

More… Sep 23, 2012

Declaration of the Shipobo regarding the Imiria Conservation Area

Shipibo communities in the Peruvian Amazon reject implementation of the Imiria Conservation Area for violation of their rights as indigenous peoples

Representatives of 12 Shipibo indigenous communities and neighbouring villages from the Imiria lake region in Ucayali, Peru have expressed their opposition to the Imiria Regional Conservation Area (RCA-Imiria), a protected area established by the Regional government of Ucayali.The RCA-Imiria was created in 2010 but the communities denounce the fact that it overlaps their traditional territory including the titled lands of seven communities.

More… Sep 16, 2012

Human Rights Court Sets New Standard on Consultation of Indigenous Peoples

Continent-wide Implications as Inter-American Court Finds Ecuador Government Guilty of Rights Violations in the Sarayaku Case

Two articles on this important decision that should significantly strengthen the right of indigenous people in Central and South America to Free Prior Informed Consent. The first is from Amazon Watch and the second from The Economist.

More… Jul 27, 2012

Kugapakori, Nahua and Nanti reserve and Manú National Park in Peru under threat

Peruvian government on brink of expanding oil and gas development in reserve for isolated peoples and UNESCO world heritage site

The Peruvian government has recently approved expansion plans for the Camisea gas project in the heart of a Reserve for isolated indigenous peoples and is considering gazetting a further concession that could overlay Manu National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. These decisions threaten the lives and rights of its inhabitants and represent an infringement of both international law and Peruvian domestic legislation.

More… Jul 24, 2012