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Claudia Laricchia has been nominated Chief of Global Strategic Cooperation of the Indigenous People’s Climate Justice Forum.

We are delighted to announce that Claudia Laricchia has been nominated Chief of Global Strategic Cooperation of our Indigenous People’s Climate Justice Forum.

We represent thousands of worldwide Indigenous and local communities, and this is the first time that a European is leading this position. Indeed, it's time to accelerate the change and this will happen with different competencies, diversity, innovators and humble respectful leaders. 

We trust that Claudia embodies the undoubted and worldwide recognized skills we need.

At the same time, she is perfectly alligned to the integrity, values, high level vision and pragmatism we need now for the regenerative development we are living, with her outstanding vision and with her pure soul that we simply immediately recognized as a sister of ours.

Claudia will be in Assam on March 20-26, 2024, for fostering with us youth sustainable businesses with the Smily Academy. That will be the occasion to celebrate her new position which starts today. The agenda will follow. Please help us to welcome and support her as part of Indigenous Peoples' Global Forum.

Welcome on board and see you in Assam!

Rituraj Phukan                                                                   Jadav Payeng

Founder & President                                                  Co-Founder & Patron


June 9, 2019

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April 29, 2022

At the world’s largest gathering of Indigenous leaders, women are talking about how to hold financial institutions accountable for fueling climate catastrophe through investments in the extractive industry.

April 7, 2022

New IPCC climate report urges Indigenous participation in restoring denuded land, and flags our ability to stop the deforestation fueling climate change and biodiversity loss.

March 31, 2022

Forest lands stewarded by Indigenous people and communities in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru sequester about twice as much carbon as other lands, according to the analysis.

April 1, 2022

Tribal lands studied sequester far more carbon than non-Indigenous regions. Yet Indigenous’ rights are often ignored and the forests the tribes protect are exploited or lost.

March 4, 2022

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment reports have great influence over government decision-making on climate change. The latest report, launched this week, for the first time features Indigenous Knowledges alongside Western scientific research.

February 15, 2022

Indigenous Peoples are at risk as a result of COP26 decisions to protect forests, threatening access to their own lands and to livelihoods, according to a letter in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution.

February 11, 2022

In the Indian state of Meghalaya —the world’s wettest region— the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia tribes constitute about 85% of the total population. There, they act as defenders of the region’s unique forests. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2021, the demand for energy spurred the government to construct a dam on the Umngot river. This would force indigenous communities off their forests, agricultural lands and destroy their source for fishing. This is one of the instances where projects related to the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic —even green projects— resulted in hostile actions against indigenous people and their local ecosystems.

January 31, 2022

As a best-selling author, the co-founder of the award-winning Amazon Conservation Team, and an acclaimed public speaker, Mark Plotkin is one of the world’s most prominent rainforest ethnobotanists and conservationists. His experiences in Amazonian communities led Plotkin, along with Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal, to establish the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) in 1995. ACT took a distinctly different approach than most Western conservation groups at the time: It placed Indigenous communities at the center of its strategy. ACT’s approach has since been widely adopted by other organizations, and its philosophy as a whole is now more relevant than ever as the conservation sector wrestles with its colonial roots.

January 6, 2022

Indigenous communities are at higher risk of hardship from climate-change-caused flooding because of pre-existing socioeconomic vulnerability, a new study shows. The study’s findings also reveal that factors influencing socioeconomic vulnerability in Indigenous communities include the legacy of colonization, attributes of race and ethnicity, income, built environment, elderly populations, education, occupation, family structure, and access to resources.

December 7, 2021

Judge in West Papua Province declines to reinstate permits for palm oil companies to exploit ancestral lands.

December 4, 2021

The Amazonian Indigenous organizations leading the plan aim to center Indigenous-led forest management and land tenure to protect endemic species.

December 2, 2021

Climate finance for developing countries was one of the main issues at the UN Climate Change talks (COP26) at Glasgow, Scotland. However, for indigenous people, climate justice is not all about money.

November 23, 2021

 At the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November, direct and unprecedented engagement between indigenous peoples, local communities and governments helped unlock sustainable and resilient ways to achieve the Paris Agreement commitments and reverse biodiversity decline. For the first time in the history of the UNFCCC, twenty-eight indigenous peoples were nominated from each of the seven UN indigenous socio-cultural regions, to engage directly as knowledge holders and share experiences as indigenous experts with governments.

November 22, 2021

The body of evidence and social justice demands have aligned to put Indigenous Peoples and local communities on the global stage as never before. Among other commitments and strong enshrinement of language recognizing the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the Glasgow Climate Pact, were pledges of US$1.7 billion over the next four years for climate solutions that they lead.

November 18, 2021

Colonial logic, when applied to political systems, protects power and controls the public narrative. When world leaders use generic terms like “humanity” or phrases like “all humans are responsible for the crisis,” it conceals the responsibility of governments and large corporations. By pointing to humanity in general, they imply that we are all equally responsible for the climate crisis and invisibilize the efforts of Indigenous leaders in the fight for climate justice.

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, celebrating Earth’s unsung environmental stewards

October 11, 2021

Indigenous peoples’ stewardship of natural resources is increasingly being recognized as a critical priority to protect biodiversity. As crucial talks to finalize the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework ramp up, some human rights groups fear it will lead to the expansion of protected areas that evict Indigenous peoples and local communities, while impeding conservation efforts.

Indigenous peoples’ day: Joe Biden becomes first president to issue proclamation

October 11, 2021

More than 100 cities, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, and several states, including Minnesota, Alaska, Vermont and Oregon, have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.
This comes as they choose to recognise the native populations that were displaced and decimated after Columbus and other European explorers reached the continent.

September 29. 2021

The Daintree Rainforest, listed as a World Heritage Site since 1988, has been growing for 180 million years and is famed for its rich biodiversity but has come under sustained pressure from climate change and industries such as logging. In striking a new deal to manage the rainforest, Queensland said the Daintree would be returned to the traditional owners of the land.

September 11, 2021

Learning from their elders, indigenous communities in Canada’s boreal forests are also reviving traditional landscape teachings, almost lost to over a century of destructive institutional policies. That traditional knowledge is now being applied in unison with the Enhancing Climate Literacy project.

September 10, 2021

Through physically disrupting construction and legally challenging projects, Indigenous resistance has directly stopped projects expected to produce 780 million metric tons of greenhouse gases every year and is actively fighting projects that would dump more than 800 million metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year.

September 9, 2021

A recent report by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) regards Black Carbon —which is released by the soot of the dung and wood— as a big contributor to climate change. Black carbon is a type of fine particulate air pollution (PM 2.5), which has significant direct and indirect impacts on the cryosphere (snow and ice), the atmosphere and human health according to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

September 10, 2021

More than 5,000 indigenous women have marched through Brazil’s capital to denounce the historic assault on native lands they say is unfolding under the country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.

September 7, 2021

Although the pandemic is posing many problems for our modern, technological world, it also presents an opportunity to embrace ancient and valuable Indigenous knowledges and identify potential within them in different ways. The notion of Indigenous technology is one such opportunity.

August 28, 2021

The umbrella group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, or APIB, put together the protests as part of the weeklong “Struggle for Life” protest in the capital, Brasília, in anticipation of a decision from the Supreme Court that could invalidate Indigenous land claims.

August 24, 2021

Researcher Ramya Nair’s work with the indigenous Yimkhiung Naga has found clouded leopards, wild dogs and a host of other wildlife in community-owned forests despite hunting pressure

August 12, 2021

Negotiators at COP26, the upcoming UN climate conference taking place in Glasgow in November, should include indigenous voices, knowledge and needs as they outline the world’s climate mitigation plan.

August 9, 2021

On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, experts say governments must learn from the environmental examples set by indigenous communities, some of which have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Otherwise, we risk accelerating the triple planetary crisis the world faces of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

July 29, 2021

In Myanmar’s ethnic areas, Indigenous people have faced the loss of their lands, community forests, and deteriorating health conditions. In Tigyit in Shan state, Indigenous communities have never seen any compensation for land confiscated on the order of the ruling generals two decades ago to build a coal-fired power plant and nearby coal mine. Reforestation plans, although welcomed by the Indigenous people, have not proved to be successful, as the mine continues to expand.

July 28, 2021

On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we take a look at an Indigenous-led elephant sanctuary in Kenya and the latest research informing conservation of forest elephants in Gabon. Our first guest is National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker Ami Vitale, whose new short film ‘Shaba’ tells the story of an orphaned elephant in Kenya and the Indigenous Samburu people who have rescued dozens of elephants at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.

July 20, 2021

Indigenous peoples are not aware of the concept of sustainable development because their way of life and practices have always been sustainable. They feel connected with nature and feel part of the system in which they live. They know that the rainforest provides them with healing remedies, food and shelter, so they care about its well-being and conservation

July 15, 2021

Economic dependence on land, a history of discrimination, and inadequate government help make tribal populations particularly vulnerable to climate change.

July 14, 2021

When the Elwha River dams fell, it was the culmination of many decades of successful partnerships to support the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in righting historic wrongs.

July 12, 2021

Brazil's indigenous peoples are bracing for a legal battle with the government as it seeks to rush laws through parliament to carve away at their land. Indigenous people, who represent some 0.5 per cent of Brazil's population, hold about 13 per cent of its land under ancestral rights guaranteed by the country's 1988 constitution.

July 10, 2021

The authors of a new study hope to apply to Antarctica the Maori principle of kaitiakitanga, the concept of guardianship and stewardship of the environment.

July 5, 2021

Number 3. Protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Because of their close relationship to nature, indigenous peoples are both heavily affected by biodiversity loss and among those best-positioned to prevent it. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) affirms the right of indigenous peoples to conserve and protect their lands, territories and resources. This means that conservation actions with potential impact on human rights should be taken in consultation with indigenous peoples and with their free, prior and informed consent, and should support their participation in the management and ownership of corresponding efforts. Find out about the others in the report linked above.

July 4, 2021

From the Arctic to the Amazon, the traditional food gathering techniques of indigenous communities are under threat from accelerating climate change and economic pressures, the UN has said.
Food systems used by different indigenous peoples were found to be among the world’s most sustainable in terms of efficiency, avoiding waste and adapting to the seasons, said an analysis by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

July 2, 2021

A global project that looks at endangered languages chose the following tagline:  “Every last word means another lost world.” 
The pithy statement is accurate, in that language is inextricably tied to identity and culture. However, a less talked about aspect of language is its symbiotic relationship with biodiversity. 
If biodiversity is a reflection of cultural plurality, linguistic diversity is the magic variant, the unsaid addition that determines how we preserve the ecology.

June 29, 2021

Indigenous land defender Nemonte Nenquimo discusses how climate change has altered the Amazon, the plant medicines used to help fight COVID-19, and the ancestral knowledge passed down by her elders.

June 28, 2019

While other communities struggle on a warming planet, Native tribes are experiencing an environmental peril exacerbated by policies — first imposed by white settlers and later the U.S. government — that forced them onto the country’s least desirable lands.

June 26, 2021

 Indigenous people living on the frontline of climate change could offer potentially ground-breaking insight into biodiversity protection and sustainability, but they urgently need help to withstand a growing number of threats to their way of life, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Friday.

June 25, 2021

Nearly half a billion Indigenous people live off, and help preserve, the land. But a UN report concludes they are besieged as protectors of biodiversity.

30 Dec 2019

It has taken almost 20 years for the roles and contributions of indigenous peoples and local communites in climate change resilience to be recognized. However, at the UNFCCC COP25 in December, 2019, the two-year workplan of the Facilitative Working Group (FWG) of Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform (LCIPP) had been adopted to formally recognize the values and roles of indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural pratices.

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