Indigenous communities in Latin America decry the Mennonites’ expanding land occupation
A team of journalists followed in the footsteps of five Mennonite colonies that have been reported for clearing forests by Indigenous communities and locals in Bolivia, Colombia, México, Paraguay and Perú. Many of these cases are being investigated by prosecutors and environmental authorities. Authors of a recent study to understand the extension of Mennonite presence in the region say that the expansion will continue as the colonies grow in size and continue to pursue farming, creating new colonies.
Many of these cases are being investigated by prosecutors and environmental authorities.
Feb 01, 2023
Indigenous lands hold the world’s healthiest forests
but only when their rights are protected
The world’s healthiest tropical forests are located in protected Indigenous areas (PIAs), according to a new study. However, research shows that forests with minimal human modification exist only on protected Indigenous lands. Indigenous lands that are unprotected lower forest integrity.
Researchers believe the lower integrity of forests on Indigenous lands is due to mineral, oil, and gas deposits that are located on lands and communities that lack land tenure to prevent extractive projects. According to the researchers, strengthening Indigenous peoples’ land rights is critical to reaching global conservation and climate goals.
Dec 22, 2022
«Hemos luchado en contra de muchas autoridades para defender el parque Kaa-Iya»: Jorge Banegas, guardaparque en Bolivia
Jorge Banegas Franco, del Parque Nacional del Gran Chaco Kaa-Iya de Bolivia recibió el Premio Internacional de Guardaparques otorgado por la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza y la Comisión Mundial de Áreas Protegidas. El guardaparque boliviano es miembro del pueblo indígena chiquitano y lleva 22 años trabajando en el área protegida más grande de Bolivia. En esta entrevista habla de la importancia del parque, de sus experiencias y las presiones que enfrenta la gran biodiversidad de la zona.
Aug 11, 2022
The Indigenous Guard of the Shipibo people confront exclusionary conservation in Peru and propose an Indigenous Ecological Area
FPP - Press Release - In Spanish
La Guardia indígena del pueblo shipibo en Perú a través de un reciente pronunciamiento interpela al paradigma de la conservación excluyente en la región de Ucayali, donde el Área de Conservación Regional (ACR) Lago Imiria ha recortado el acceso a diversas estrategias de medios de vida de las comunidades locales y tampoco ha sido gestionada debidamente por las autoridades ambientales que la crearon. La Guardia exige un modelo alternativo como área de conservación indígena.
Jul 29, 2022
Uganda Wildlife Authority station in Kween occupied by Benet community members to protest forcible evictions and abuses of their human rights
FPP - Press Release
On July 14, women and children of the Mosopisyek of Benet started peacefully occupying the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) station, Piswa, in Kween district, Uganda, to protest the current evictions taking place in Mt. Elgon and to demand release of their animals, which were impounded by the Uganda Wildlife Agency.
Jul 29, 2022
A look at violence and conflict over Indigenous lands in nine Latin American countries
Indigenous people make up a third of the total number of environmental defenders killed across the globe. The most critical situation is in Colombia, where 117 Indigenous people have been murdered between 2012 and 2020.
Indigenous people make up a third of the total number of environmental defenders killed across the globe, despite being a total of 4% of the world’s population, according to a report by Global Witness. The most critical situation is in Colombia, where 117 Indigenous people have been murdered between 2012 and 2020. Conflicts over extractive industries and territorial invasions are a major cause of violence against Indigenous communities. Between 2017 and 2021, there were 2,109 cases of communities affected by extractive industries and their associated activities in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Mongabay Latam interviewed 12 Indigenous leaders from nine countries across Latin America and spoke to them about the threats they face and the murders occurring in the region.
Jun 06, 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.
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