Open letter requesting that India’s Forest Rights Act is implemented and its integrity upheld

When India’s Forest Rights Act was passed in 2006, it was intended support the rights of communities to live in and from their forests. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 legally recognised the right of communities to manage forests and their land.

WWF’s Living Planet report is right to raise the alarm about loss of wildlife, but wrong to ignore indigenous people

Yesterday, WWF launched its Living Planet 2016 report. Predictably, it makes for grim reading. Wildlife populations are declining rapidly. The headline news is that the number of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians fell by 58% between 1970 and 2012. By 2020, the number of wild animals is on track to fall by…

Biodiversity protection versus Indigenous Peoples’ rights to food access in La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, Costa Rica

How do protected areas affect indigenous peoples’ rights to access traditional food? A recent study looks into this question in La Amistad Biosphere Reserve in Costa Rica. The researchers found that the protected area has had multiple negative impacts for the indigenous Bribri people.