Indigenous solutions to conserve turtles
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The awareness of the Malaumkarta’s customary law in West Papua in safeguarding and conserving forest and the sea has made this region become a conservation area. Sasi or egek (arrest ban) is a solution by the Malaumkarta’s indigenous peoples, who has the habit of consuming turtles so that their territories are maintained and can be used for mutual interest. Now, people have started to conserve turtles and slowly no longer eat turtles.
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A new model of conservation is emerging. It is one that values the role of local communities and reconciles protecting biodiversity with the use and management of resources. In the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, communities play a vital role in conservation efforts and several have been recognised with awards for their work. However, […]
Guna communities have long been recognised for protecting the #forests along their coastline; despite significant threats from farming and industrial logging, they are proven protectors of their ancestral forests. Today they face uncertainty over the sea that surrounds their island homes. Increasing encroachment by luxury vessels threatens the long term viability of their reefs. Without […]
On the 12th September 2013 the Honduran government granted almost 7% of its territory to the indigenous Miskito people who have lived traditionally on this land for centuries. We follow the leadership of the indigenous organisation, MASTA, as they speak to their elders and explore solutions to better govern their land.
Nature has provided what humans need. This is what exemplified by Agus Kalalu from Sorong, West Papua. From the itchy leaves which he picked from his garden, Agus was able to fulfil all of his family’s daily needs.
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