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UN conventions

A Note from RFUND’s Executive Director on Free, Prior and Informed Consent


Free, prior and informed consent can be understood as one of the main achievements of the indigenous movement, overcoming the old mentality that considered indigenous peoples as unable to decide their own future.

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September 3, 2014 by Franca Sciuto

Batwa Picture
Empowerment

Nature and Culture: The two-faced nature of ecotourism


“I had traveled by car, plane, boat and foot — more than 100 miles from conventional civilization — to reach a place where the old ways have not been forgotten, where local people interpret the world through their dreams and the forest spirit known as Arutam is said to inhabit the mighty kapok tree.”

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August 25, 2014 by Adityarup Chakravorty

extractive reserves
Economic rights

EXTRACTIVE RESERVES: SUSTAINABLE HARVESTING OF RAINFOREST RESOURCES


Imagine you are on a river boat, meandering down the Amazon. The August sky looms dark and grey overhead, the cool river breeze a welcome respite from the vapid humidity. The silver river glides by as the air is shattered by the sonorous cries of howler monkeys. Then, suddenly, you hear it: the sharp, staccato [...]

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August 1, 2014 by Adityarup Chakravorty

water project video
Indigenous & tribal populations

WATER, a Human Right


CLICK HERE! Rainforest Fund Water Project – 2014 – YouTube to watch our new video showing a glimpse into our Water Project in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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July 31, 2014 by Madeleine Lesser

CW oil spill
Human rights

Supporting Community Led Environmental Monitoring in the Wake of An Oil Spill


Rainforest Fund partner organization ClearWater and Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon are working hard in the wake of the latest oil spill to ensure that families have clean water.

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July 18, 2014 by Mitch Anderson

manaus world cup
Indigenous & tribal populations

The World Cup: Not All Fun and Games


Do you love the World Cup?  Would you still love it if you knew that people were suffering because of it?

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June 17, 2014 by Madeleine Lesser

huarani man through trees
Sustainability and Climate Change

More than the trees: Empowering indigenous people to protect their rainforest homes


How much would you pay for 9 million hectares – that’s an area larger than Scotland or about the size of the US state of Indiana – of unspoiled old-growth tropical rainforest? No, I am not trying to swindle you

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June 8, 2014 by Adityarup Chakravorty

pizango
Human rights

Mass trial of indigenous leaders to take place in Peru, May 14 2014


While it is ultimately the Peruvian judiciary’s responsibility to ensure that defendants are given a fair trial, we call upon the Peruvian Government to respect all of the International Conventions to which it is a party,

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May 12, 2014 by Rainforest Foundation US

lars krutak
Indigenous & tribal populations

PALM OIL AND INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: A HEADY MIXTURE


What connects peanut butter with soap? Or cereal with cosmetics? Or chocolates with laundry detergents? The answer is one of their ingredients – “vegetable” oil.

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May 12, 2014 by Adityarup Chakravorty

clearwater community visits
Empowerment

Visiting Homes for ClearWater


ClearWater, Rainforest Fund’s partner in Ecuador, documents the process of community visits throughout the region and the importance these visits have on the movement for clean water and indigenous rights. This post originates on ClearWater’s blog: http://www.giveclearwater.org/2014/02/visiting-homes-clearwater/

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March 20, 2014 by Mitch Anderson