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Forest is Life - A Story of Climate Change, Forest and Communities

Climate change has become an environmental problem affecting people throughout the world. Climate change is mainly the result of increasing global temperature, which results in shifting weather patterns such as unseasonal rains that affect agriculture, droughts, floods, plagues and diseases....

Voices of Indigenous Women

When discussing, planning and implementing sustainable development and environmental conservation project, a most important voice often tends to remain unheard: the voice of indigenous women. This despite the fact that indigenous women have valuable and specialized knowledge and experience with...

Ethiopia's plantations are killing vital waterway

The flooding of the Omo River feeds the rich biodiversity of the region and ensures tribes such as the Bodi, Mursi and Dassanach can feed their cattle and produce beans and cereals in the fertile silt left behind. In addition to this indigenous communities are also suffering from violent human

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Ecuador: Indigenous protesters march agianst mining

Several hundred protesters set off from an Amazon province where a Chinese company has been authorised to develop a huge open-cast copper mine. Ecuador's main indigenous organisation, Conaie, says mining will contaminate water and force people off their land. President Rafael Correa says it

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The UN Special Rapporteur calls for dialogue in Panama

In a press release issued on 7 February 2012, the Special Rapporteur urged the Government of Panama and indigenous peoples to initiate a dialogue due to the situation of tension and violence following indigenous protests. In recent days, Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous representatives have blocked

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Lynge talks future of Inuit people

Greenlandic Inuit welcome the possibility of economic opportunity that comes with the growing international interest in regional oil and mineral resources but worry about the effect it may have on their environment and traditional lifestyle, Aqqaluk Lynge, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar

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Indigenous peoples and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

This briefing note aims to show how Indigenous Peoples’ exclusion from political decision-making processes - locally, nationally, regionally and globally - places them in a position of extreme disadvantage vis-à-vis imposed industrial activities that affect their individual and communal lives,...

Understanding Community-based REDD+ - A Manual for Indigenous Community Trainers

A manual for indigenous community trainers While the first guide in our manual series, "What is REDD?" aims to help indigenous communities to understand what REDD+ is and what its implications may be for them more generally, this manual looks at REDD+ on the project level. The

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Brazil: Over a million people sign petition against the Belo Monte Dam

Some 1.3 million people signed a petition calling for an end to the construction of Brazil’s massive Belo Monte dam in the Amazon. A delegation of Brazilian celebrities and activists delivered the petition Tuesday to the country’s President Dilma Rousseff and called — yet again — for the

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Ecuador: Appeals court rules against Chevron in oil case

An Ecuadorean appeals court has upheld a ruling that Chevron should pay damages totalling $18.2bn (£11.5bn) over Amazon oil pollution. Chevron said the judgement was "illegitimate" and "a fraud". Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, was accused of dumping toxic materials in the Ecuadorean

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Cop 17: Implement safeguards on REDD Plus, indigenous caucus demands

The recognition of rights, including rights to land, territories and resources, and Free, Prior Informed Consent is crucial for indigenous peoples as this will rectify the violation of their rights in the implementation of climate change solutions.

COP 17: Political will needed now!

Press statement: POLITICAL WILL NEEDED NOW! Indigenous networks call on states-parties to act decisively in Durban 5 DECEMBER (Durban, South Africa) - Governments present in Durban continue to display lack of political will to move the Durban Climate Talks forward.

COP 17: Preventing Kyoto Protocol Burial

Ben Powless of the Indigenous Environmental network presented the following statement: "Thank you Mr. Chair, I speak to you on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change. We recognize that the Kyoto Protocol is the only legally binding international instrument we

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ASEAN, Climate Change, REDD+ and Indigenous Peoples

Briefing paper informing about indigenous peoples in South East Asia, the impact of climate change and the possibilities and threats represented by REDD +. It considers the responses of the ASEAN regarding these global challenges and makes recommendation as to how ASEAN should promote and protect...

Consultation process required in a climate of growing social tension in Bolivia

The Special Rapporteur, James Anaya, issued an urgent warning about the situation of growing social tensions in Bolivia generated by the march of about 1,500 indigenous people against the construction of a highway through the indigenous territory and national park Isaboro Secure (TIPNIS). The

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Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

For many indigenous peoples, climate change is already a reality. Melting ice sheets in the Arctic makes hunting sea mammals and fishing difficult and risky, erratic rainfalls reduce productivity of fields and pastures, storms and floods destroy crops and homes. While indigenous peoples’...

Shifting Cultivation and Climate Change

In the age of global climate change, resource use and management practices that rely on the use of fire and thus emit carbon are coming under increased pressure. This is particularly the case with shifting cultivation. Because shifting cultivation is so different from the forms of agriculture...

What to do with REDD? A manual for indigenous trainers

Training manual written for indigenous trainers who intend to facilitate a training on REDD for indigenous leaders. It has been devised for a proposed five-days training programme with five modules. The manual includes suggestions for the objectives of each module, activities...

Indigenous Affairs 1-2/10 - Development and Customary Law

This issue of Indigenous Affairs is a combined issue that brings together a mixture of different articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. The articles touch upon indigenous peoples' economic, legal, social and political development. ...

What is REDD? A Guide for Indigenous Communities - 2nd Edition

This book provides information material on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries), one of the mitigation measures now promoted for combating climate change, and its implications for indigenous peoples. It is intended primarily for indigenous

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The Indigenous World 2011

Available as book and CD. This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2010. In 66 articles indigenous and

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Arctic Council: Arctic peoples’ Nuuk press release

At the Arctic Council Ministerial in Nuuk, May 12 2011, the Foreign Ministers of the 8 Arctic states decided to establish a standing secretariat in Tromsoe, Norway. The establishment of a standing secretariat in an integral part of the efforts to strengthen the Arctic Council as set out in the

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Pipeline Dreams: People, Environment, and the Arctic Energy Frontier

Interest in the Arctic as one of the world’s last energy frontiers is increasing. The indigenous peoples of the circumpolar North have long been involved in struggles to make sense of, adapt to, and negotiate the impacts and consequences of resource exploration and development but they have

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Thematic Focus 3/2006: Logging and indigenous peoples

IWGIA has just published a thematic issue of our journal "Indigenous Affairs" focussing on logging. We bring articles documenting the threats of logging to the livelihoods of indigenous peoples as well as examples of innovative approaches that seek to respect the rights of indigenous peoples.

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Understanding Community-based REDD+ - A Manual for Indigenous Communities

In December 2010, after years of negotiations, an agreement on REDD was finally reached at the 16th Conference of Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico. The agreement includes references to indigenous peoples and their rights, and in

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The American Indian Population Lacks Clean Water

A fact-finding mission to the United States by a Portuguese lawyer contracted by the United Nations to examine safe drinking water and sanitation found that at least 13 percent of the American Indian population lacks clean water, reported UPI Energy.

Canada: Indigenous leaders reject Pipeline Equity Offer

Tar Sands: First Nations Reject Enbridge Pipeline Equity Offer - “Your Money is No Good To Us.” Nations reject company's latest tar sands pipeline financial package, citing the risk of oil spills, and taking company to task for lack of respect for their rights Prince George/Lheidli (BC) – Last

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Ethiopia: New mega irrigation project threaten pastoralist lifestyle

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who appeared at a ceremony in Jinka, a town in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State, on January 25 to celebrate the 13 Pastoralists Day announced his government’s plan to embark on a mega irrigation plan using the Omo river’s

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Ensure the full recognition of our rights in a Cancun climate decision

The Indigenous Peoples’ Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (IPCSSD) welcomes the document (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/CRP.3) which was released today. We welcome the inclusion of paragraphs 7 and 8 which recognize the need for effective participation of indigenous peoples and fully

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Opening Statement by the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change

16th Conference of the Parties, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Cancun, Mexico, 29 November to 10 December 2010 Opening Statement by the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, November 29th, 2010 Indigenous Peoples from all regions of the World held a

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Russia: Residents of Northern Yakutia feel devastating effects of global warming

According to the Russian news agency Vostok-Media, Chukchi representatives from Yakutia say, that their community might disappear within the next decade. This is what Villagers of Kolymskoye told the Russian news agency Vostok-Media, responding to questions about the impact of the record summer

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Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa

As in many other parts of the world, the indigenous peoples of Africa are increasingly being dispossessed of their ancestral lands. It started during colonial times where many of them lost their land to European settlers. It continues today where conservation interests, commercial plantations,

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Paraguay: The Case of the Ayoreo. IWGIA Report 4

This IWGIA Report documents the injustices experienced by the indigenous Ayoreo people in Paraguay, who have lost much of their ancestral lands to ranching, illegal sale of land and extractive industries - a development that threatens the physical and cultural survival of the groups of Ayoreos

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The Indigenous World 2010  

This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2009. 72 indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists provide

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USA: Uranium mining in Black Hills

A planned uranium mine site in the southern Black Hills can impact four aquifers. Powertech, Inc. USA plans to begin uranium extraction in 2011 and operate for 15 years in the permit area of 10,580 acres located in Dewey and Burdock Counties, north of Edgemont, SD. PT plans to drill 4000-8000

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Campaign against Kaiduan Dam Project (Borneo, Malaysia)

The government of Sabah has granted approval in February 2008 to carry out a feasibility study and submit technical proposals for the implementation of the Kaiduan Dam Project, situated at Ulu Papar in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Peru: A Chronicle of Deception. IWGIA Report 5

This report argues and demonstrates that the Peruvian government acted in bad faith by modifying the original proposal to create the Ichigkat Muja National Park agreed upon with the Awajún and Wampís indigenous communities of the District of El Cenepa, Department of Amazonas, Peru. The proposal

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Indigenous Affairs 1-2/09: REDD and indigenous peoples

The theme of this issue is indigenous peoples' engagement with forest conservation in the name of climate change mitigation (known as REDD programmes - short for 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation')

The Indigenous World 2009

This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2008. Over 60 indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists

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Land, People and Politics: Contest over Tribal Land in Northeast India

Land is the centre of most conflicts in Northeast India because of its importance in the life of the people of the region, particularly its tribal communities. It is also the resource most under attack, in the tribal areas in particular. This book is an attempt to understand the processes that

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Colombia: The Case of the Naya. IWGIA Report 2

The violations of the fundamental rights of the black, indigenous and peasant farmer population of the Colombian Pacific, regarded by all the armed forces, both regular and irregular, as the “collateral damage” of any armed conflict, may have objectives of their own, independent of the

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The Indigenous World 2008

Available as book and CD. This Yearbook covers the period January-December 2007 and provides an update on the state of affairs of indigenous peoples worldwide through country reports covering most of the indigenous world and updated information on the international and regional processes...

In Hindi: Indigenous Affairs 5/2008

Order through: Bindrai Institute for Research, Study and Action (BIRSA), att. Mr. Samar Bosu Mullick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

Indigenous Affairs 3/07 - Migration

The theme of this issue of Indigenous Affairs is Migration. Editor: Alejandro Parellada (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

Language of the Land: The Mapuche in Argentina and Chile

This is the first book in English to examine the contemporary Mapuche: their culture, their struggle for autonomy within the modern-day nation state, their religion, language and distinct identity. Leslie Ray looks back over the history of relations between the Mapuche and the Argentine and

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The Indigenous World 2007

This Yearbook covers the period January-December 2006 and provides an update on the state of affairs of indigenous peoples worldwide through:

  • Region and Country reports covering most of the indigenous world.
  • Updated information on the international and regional
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Povos Indígenas em Isolamento Voluntário ou em Contato Inicial na Amazônia e no Gran Chaco. Atas do Seminario Regional sobre os povos indígenas isolados ou em contato inicial da Amazônia e do Gran Chaco Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 20-22 de novembro de 2006

O presente livro reúne as apresentações relizadas durante o "Seminário Regional sobre Povos Indígenas Isolados ou em Contato Inicial da Amazônia e do Gran Chaco", ocorrido em Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolívia), de 20 a 22 de Novembro de 2006. Com a celebração desse seminário, a publicação de

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Negotiating Autonomy. Case Studies on Philippine Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights

This book is based on some of the presentations made at the 2005 National Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights held in Quezon City, The Philippines. At its core are four case studies of different indigenous groups from various parts of the country; the Kankana-ey and Bago of the

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Indigenous Affairs 1/06 - Africa and the Millennium Development Goals

Contents: Editorial - by Jens Dahl MDGs, Globalisation and Indigenous Peoples in Africa, by Nigel Crawhall Will Pastoral Legislation Disempower Pastoralists in the Sahel?, by Ced Hesse and Brigitte Thébaud Cause for Celebration or Celebration for a Cause: Pastoralism and Poverty Reduction

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The Indigenous World 2006

This Yearbook covers the period January-December 2005 and provides an update on the state of affairs of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Thanks to the contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists, The Indigenous World 2006 gives an overview of crucial

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The Land Within: Indigenous Territory and the Perception of the Environment

By describing the fabric of relationships that indigenous peoples weave with their environment, this book attempts to define a more precise notion of indigenous territoriality. Beyond a natural environment from which they obtain the necessary natural resources for subsistence, the territory for

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The Indigenous World 2005

This Yearbook covers the period January-December 2004. IWGIA's Yearbook is issued every year in May. Its purpose is to provide an update on the state of affairs of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Thanks to the contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists, The

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Indigenous Affairs 4/04 - Land Rights: A Key Issue

This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on the issue of land rights Contents: Editorial - by Marianne Wiben Jensen Governance, the Territorial Approach and Indigenous Peoples - by Pedro García Hierro Securing Land Tenure Rights for Cambodia's Indigenous Communities - by Jeremy Ironside Titling

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The Indigenous World 2004

This Yearbook covers the period January-December 2003. As from this year, IWGIA's Yearbook will be issued every year in May. Its purpose is to provide an update on the state of affairs of indigenous peoples around the world. Thanks to the contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous

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The Indigenous World 2002-2003

With contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists, The Indigenous World 2002-2003 gives an overview of crucial developments in 2002 and early 2003 that have impacted on the indigenous peoples of the world. This year's edition includes two new regions: the

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Indigenous Affairs 1/03  - Indigenous Poverty: An Issue of Rights and Needs

This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on the issue of indigenous poverty. Contents: Editorial by Diana Vinding Download the editorial here Africa Sustainable Livelihoods for Pygmy Peoples by Dorothy Jackson Asia Poverty and Indigenous Peoples with Special Reference to India by Tiplut Nongbri

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The Indigenous World 2001-2002

With contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists, the 2001-2002 Indigenous World presents an overview of crucial developments in 2001 and early 2002 that have impacted on indigenous peoples.

The issue contains:

Region and country reports that cover

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Indigenous Affairs 4/01 - Sustainable Development

This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on issues of sustainable development and indigenous peoples. It seeks to give an overview of the World Summit on Sustainable Development process, the input to the process provided by indigenous peoples so far, and to present concrete case studies

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The Indigenous World 2000-2001

With contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists, the 2000-2001 Indigenous World presents an overview of crucial developments in 2000 and early 2001 that have impacted on indigenous peoples.The Indigenous World 2000-2001 covers: The progress and setbacks in

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Indigenous Affairs 4/00 - Indochina

This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on the indigenous peoples of Indochina. Thematic Articles covering: Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Also featuring an article about West Papua: 'Bloodshed in Wamena'

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Land Rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

The book describes the struggle of the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region in south-eastern Bangladesh to regain control over their ancestral land and resource rights. From sovereign nations to to the limited autonomy of today, the report details the legal basis of the land

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Nunavut - Inuit Regain Control of their Lands and their Lives

The Nunavut story told in this book by authors who have all been involved with Nunavut and Inuit politics for a very long time is an important one for indigenous peoples around the world and for anyone interested in indigenous issues. Stressing the political dynamics of the beginning of

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The Hadzabe of Tanzania: Land and Human Rights for a Hunter-Gatherer Community

In recent years the situation of the Hadzabe of Tanzania has become a cause of concern for a number of human rights organizations, development agents and individuals who have observed the ongoing marginalisation and erosion of land rights of this group of African hunter-gatherers. The document

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The Indigenous World 1999-2000

This yearbook provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1999 and 2000 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, with a special focus on indigenous women; It also presents reports on the work of the Open-ended Working

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Indigenous Affairs 3-4/99 - Dams, Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities

This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on the impact of dams on indigenous peoples around the world. Introduction by Marcus Colchester page 4 Consultive meeting on dams, indigenous peoples and ethnic monorities - Participants list page 55 Norway The Alta-case. a story about how another

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The Indigenous World 1998-99

This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1998 and 1999 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, with a special focus on indigenous women.

The Indigenous World 1997-98

This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1997 and 1998 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

Liberation through Land Rights in the Peruvian Amazon

This book is an attempt to reflect the process of implementing an ambitious project of territorial planning in the Ucayali region for the demarcation and titling of indigenous communities. The first section of the book, written by lawyer Pedro García Hierro, concerns the background of the

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The Indigenous World 1996-97

This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1996 and 1997 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

Att kräva livet åter - Ursprungsfolkens kamp för sin miljö och kultur

Den här artikelsamlingen bygger på en foredragsserie om ursprungsfolk och miljöfrågor som "IWGIA-Lundagruppen för ursprungsfolk", anordnade i Lund under 1995 och våren 1996. Föredragsserien var ett försök att uppmärksamma och diskutera en allvarlig och ofta förbisedd miljökonflikt i många delar

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Indigenous Peoples: Environment and Development

The book is a compilation of the proceedings of the conference of the same title held in May 1995 in Zürich, Switzerland, supplemented by a few other relevant articles on the issue. The authors of the articles are well known environmentalists, indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and

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The Indigenous World 1995-96

This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1995 and 1996 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas. Out of print!

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