Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Vital to the Global Environment


Katie Reytar and Peter Veit, World Resources Institute

Indigenous groups and local communities occupy about half the world’s land, but hold legal rights to only a fraction of it. Credit: Michele Solmi/Flickr

WASHINGTON DC, Jan 25 2018 (IPS) – Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives to sustainably manage their lands.

LandMark, the first global platform to provide maps of land held by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, last month released new carbon storage, tree cover loss, natural resource concessions, dam locations and other data layers that shed light on the environment in which these lands exist. Now anyone, anywhere can view and analyze indigenous and local communities’ environmental contributions and identify threats to specific lands. Tiếp tục đọc “Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Vital to the Global Environment”

Indonesian tribes rally for land rights

Fearing extinction, tribes in Indonesia call on the government to protect their land rights.

Many tribal Indonesians do not have a formal title to the land their families have lived on for generations. [ATAR Agency/AFP]

Thousands of tribal Indonesians gathered on Sumatra, urging President Joko Widodo to protect their land rights.

On Friday, more than 5,000 people from 2,000 tribal communities convened in Tanjung Gusta village outside North Sumatra’s provincial capital Medan.

The gathering is organised by the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago and held every five years.

“We’ll fight for our rights to the last drop of our blood,” said Abdon Nababan, the secretary-general of the alliance at the conference.

Indonesia’s environment and forestry minister reiterated on Friday the government’s commitment to tribal rights. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian tribes rally for land rights”

LandMark: Protecting Indigenous and Community Lands by Making Them Visible

WRI – Up to 65 percent of the world’s land is held by Indigenous Peoples and communities, yet only 10 percent is legally recognized as belonging to them. The rest, held under customary tenure arrangements, is largely unmapped, not formally demarcated, and therefore invisible to the world. Without strong legal protections or concrete maps delineating their territories, communities are vulnerable to losing their land to governments and investors for economic and commercial development.

That’s where LandMark comes in. Launched today, LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are held and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities. The platform aims to raise awareness, engage audiences, and help these people protect their land rights. Shining a light on indigenous and community land reduces the likelihood that irregular acquisitions and expropriations go unnoticed, and helps protect the livelihoods and well-being of billions of rural people.

1) Indigenous and Community Land Is Not “Vacant” Land.

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