Protected Areas

Indigenous Peoples across the globe face a range of threats from what they frequently describe as 'development aggression'. As they struggle to defend their land, much of it is in 'unspoilt' areas that are rich in natural resources, and so conflicts often arise with companies who want to exploit those resources - mostly without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples.

The main problems that Indigenous Peoples face are from interesting in oil, gas or mining that despoil their land, in the construction of large-scale dams that flood their land, in widespread logging that deforest their land. The creation of nature reserves or areas for tourism can see them ejected from or restricted in access to their own land. Finally agriculture, particularly intensive plantation agriculture or fish farming can cause similar problems to those listed above.

All of these activities can lead to conflict which leads to militarisation of their land, and in loss of livelihood or encroachment of settlements which can lead urbanisation. All of these activities can also be encouraged by multilateral development agencies such as the World Bank.

Colombian Constitutional Court decision to reject mining could change the history of the Amazon

Colombia suspends gold mining in protected natural reserve

Indonesia: Promised task force on indigenous rights in Indonesia hits snag

BHP to open new coal mine in Borneo amid concern for orangutans

UNESCO asks Canada to check impact of oil sands projects on national park

‚ÄėShell No!‚Äô Indigenous activists to confront Shell to end Arctic drilling at shareholder meetings in Netherlands and London

Brazil - Mass Indian protests against assault on land rights

Indigenous tribes in Suriname ask gov't to protect their lands

Mongolia: Hunger Strike and Protest

USA - San Carlos Apache Battle Against ‚ÄėChristian Discovery‚Äô

USA - San Carlos Apache Leader: ‚ÄėWhat Was a Struggle to Protect Our Most Sacred Site Is Now a Battle‚Äô

USA: Copper mine will hurt tribes and the environment

Tanzania: Group raises alarm over state harrassment of land activists

USA: Senate passes huge Arizona copper mine

San Carlos Apache Leader Seeks Senate Defeat of Copper Mine on Sacred Land

USA - Rio, BHP very close to develop U.S. largest copper mine

Is Peru’s President Humala serious about Indigenous Peoples’ rights?

Australia: Uranium mining in Kakadu at a crucial point

Honduras - Drilling the Caribbean: Indigenous Communities Speak Out Against Oil and Gas Exploration

Cambodia’s Environment: Good News in Areng Valley?

Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize

Indigenous knowledge essential to meet global biodiversity targets ‚Äď UN official

Uranium mining near Grand Canyon to remain banned: court

Australia: Areva suing over Kakadu

Canada - Tsilhqot'in set to declare site of New Prosperity mine a tribal park

Kenya conundrum: Kick out Maasai herders to develop geothermal energy?

IACHR Publishes Report: ‚ÄúIndigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact in the Americas‚ÄĚ

Pluspetrol Expanding into Manu National Park

Asia Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Workshop Declaration

Botswana bushmen: 'If you deny us the right to hunt, you are killing us'

Peru - UK oil company to expand in territories of 'isolated' Amazon tribes

Forest peoples demand their rights be made central to global efforts to curb deforestation

Belo Monte Construction Intensifies Conflicts with Indigenous Peoples

UK Government set to examine Soco's activities in Virunga National Park

Violating rights and threatening lives: The Camisea gas project and indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation

‚ÄėAlways fight‚Äô for indigenous rights, Amazon tribe‚Äôs chief says in Toronto

India blocks Vedanta’s Odisha bauxite mining plan

Oil extraction to take place in proposed Amazon tribe reserve

Damage to Amazon worse than reported: 14-year study of Peru gold mining

Australia - Raiders Of The Rock Art

12th gram sabha too votes against Vedanta mining

Americas: Governments Must Stop Imposing Development Projects on Indigenous Peoples’ Territories

Jolt for Vedanta as mining in Niyamgiri Hills voted out

Injunction filed to halt illegal exploration drilling in Wirikuta

Jabiru traditional owners recognised

Indian conundrum over mining vs social development resurfaces

Colombia: indigenous peoples face "extinction"

Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art

COONAPIP, Panama’s Indigenous Peoples Coordinating Body, withdraws from UN-REDD

Ecuadorian tribe gets reprieve from oil intrusion

Peruvian Indigenous Communities Take Charge of Environmental Monitoring

Precautionary measures urged for isolated indigenous peoples

India: Supreme Court says companies can't acquire "scheduled land"

Community Maps Can Empower Indigenous Peoples to Assert Land Rights

Australia's biggest protected area declared

South Africa: ‚ÄėNo-go‚Äô mining areas to be announced soon

Three Years after the Tragedy of Bagua and Little Has Changed

Victory! The struggle to protect Koongarra uranium is finally over

Green economy is a diversion from the principles of the Earth Summit of 1992

Amazon Indigenous Groups Fight New Law That Would Allow Foreign Companies on Their Land

Rio plan to restore native title at diamond mine

Brazil: Munduruku Chief Clarifies REDD Contract with Celestial Green Ventures, Calls It a 'Tale'

‚ÄėIt is clear the United States‚Äô laws do not protect the human rights of Navajos‚Äô

Indigenous peoples in Suriname still wait for land rights

Lula's parting gift is a controversial dam

Peru's President Garcia Widely Criticized for Refusing to Sign Indigenous Rights Legislation into Law

Tribe Loses Court Battle to Stop Gold Mine on Mount Tenabo

Native Peoples' Right to Consultation on Land Use Enshrined in Law

OAS Human Rights Commission Urges Suspension of Mining Activity at Goldcorp's Marlin Mine in Guatemala

Indigenous leader confronts Chevron

42 Tribal Wildlife Grants Awarded in 16 States

Brazilian tribe owns carbon rights to Amazon rainforest land

Plundering the Amazon jungle

Encroachment - Sakai lose land to dark forces

Yasuni: Ecuador abandons plan to stave off Amazon drilling

IUCN Resolution on Indigenous Peoples

Australia: Who Gets To Develop James Price Point?

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