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Keeping Up With The Defenders

News and notes from the forest

Fortress Conservation Hurts Our Planet

Fortress Conservation Hurts Our Planet

Fortress conservation doesn't just hurt indigenous communities it hurts our planet. The newest Rights Resources Initiative (RRI ) study  Cornered By Protected Areas documents  how fortress conservation is "hurting people and forests alike."  Researchers from around...

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Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day

Did you know that... Scientists discovered the medicine used in birth control pills by learning from indigenous women that used wild yam to prevent conception?  The US's federal government structure was inspired by the Iroquois League of Nations? 80% of the world's...

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Protecting Guyana’s Rainforest

Protecting Guyana’s Rainforest

Indigenous Communities Are Dedicated to Protecting Guyana's Rainforests Indigenous communities are key to protecting the forest, and in Guyana, indigenous customary lands cover large extents of the interior. The government of Guyana has an international commitment to...

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Green Your Investments

Green Your Investments

Socially Responsible Investments Make a Difference Socially responsible investments don't have to be difficult.  One easy way to get started is to donate some of the stocks that don't align with your social and environmental concerns. Divesting unwanted investments...

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Rainforests Are Destroyed While Government Deliberates

Rainforests Are Destroyed While Government Deliberates

Far from Georgetown or other large settlements, the villages’ lands had been largely untouched by outside forces. Yet the geographical remoteness which had previously sheltered these communities is ending as new infrastructure makes it easier to access this region. As extractive mining, logging and ranching have grown on these lands, many villages are now painfully aware that they actually have no say about what happens on this land. Even legally recognized lands are facing illegal bringing the fragility indigenous land rights to the center of attention for communities throughout the region.

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