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.
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.
Jan 29, 2022
Mau Forest rehabilitation still overshadowed by forced evictions
*More than 50,000 people have been forcefully evicted from Kenya’s ecologically important Mau Forest in the past decade. *With few options to relocate, evicted smallholders and others continue to enter the forest in search of grazing and fuel. *The Kenya Water Tower Agency has built electrified fencing, but encroachers have torn sections of this down. *Enlisting evictees to create tree nurseries and support for alternative livelihoods points the way to more constructive approaches.
Jan 29, 2022
Stealth Game: "Community" Conservancies Devastate Land & Lives in Northern Kenya
Stealth Game: “Community” Conservancies Devastate Land & Lives in Northern Kenya — reveals the devastating impact of privatized and neo-colonial wildlife conservation and safari tourism on Indigenous pastoralist communities.
Dec 18, 2021
Fresh atrocities in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the name of “security” and “conservation”
Over the weekend of 12th-14th November 2021, in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, at least two whole Batwa villages were burnt to the ground, a man was shot dead, two women were shot and injured and at least one woman who was pregnant is still unaccounted for and feared burnt alive in her house. Villagers fled into the forest to hide.
Dec 18, 2021
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.
Nov 23, 2021
Advocates call for a new human rights-based approach to conservation
Advocates say that a new approach to conservation based in human rights and legal recognition of Indigenous and other community land tenure is needed.
Delegates to COP15 began meeting this week to discuss a draft framework that will guide the world’s response to a worsening biodiversity crisis. Advocates say that a new approach to conservation based in human rights and legal recognition of Indigenous and other community land tenure is needed. Some have criticized the most recent draft of the world’s biodiversity plan for going easy on industry and failing to include language that would protect vulnerable people from dispossession and abuse.
Nov 19, 2021
Deprived of their forests, Uganda’s Batwa adapt their sustainable practices.
Three decades since the Batwa people in Uganda were evicted from their ancestral lands to create national parks, members of the group live in poverty and marginalization at the fringes of society.
Lack of land rights and access to natural resources has eroded traditional knowledge in the hunter-gatherer community, especially concerning herbal medicine and endemic plant species. Despite these circumstances, some Batwa groups are adopting new conservation practices involving regenerative agriculture on small plots of land donated to them by the United Organisation of Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU).
Oct 30, 2021