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Loliondo - Tanzania charges 20 Maasai with murder after police officer dies during protests

Lawyers say government is attempting to intimidate pastoralists as thousands flee to Kenya amid escalating row over evictions

More… Jun 25, 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.

More… Jun 06, 2022

Tanzania’s Maasai appeal to west to stop eviction for conservation plans

Thousands of Indigenous people sign letter to UK, US and EU protesting at appropriation of land for tourist safaris and hunting

More… Apr 26, 2022

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

Uganda's Batwa people

Evicted from forests to help save gorillas

Evicted from their ancestral forest homes three decades ago in a move to conserve wildlife, many of Uganda's Batwa people struggle for a more dignified way of life.

More… Mar 24, 2022

Namibia’s community wildlife conservation system has come off the rails, investigation shows.

Namibia’s Community-Based Natural Resource Management is seen as a global gold standard for conservation. But a probe has found that it’s falling apart.

An investigation into Namibia’s wildlife management policies and programmes by two environmental researchers has found that the claimed success of conservation in the country and economic benefits for poor rural communities are largely a fabrication.

More… Feb 13, 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

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.

More… Jan 29, 2022