Saving the Forests with Indigenous Knowledge
IPS, 9 December 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: According to Nigel Crawhall, the Director of Secretariat for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), different African communities have incredible indigenous knowledge that they use in the conservation of forests and biodiversity in general, and this should be recognized during the climate negotiations. The Bambuti and Batwa pygmy communities, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, conserve the forest using traditional methods. According to Maasai cultural beliefs, one can only use tree branches for firewood, and fibrous roots for herbs. If the bark of a tree has medicinal value, then only small portions of it can be removed by creating a “V” in the bark. The wound is then sealed using wet soil. Read the article …

Indigenous Peoples Call for REDD Moratorium
IPS, 12 December 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: The new Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities against REDD and for Life issued a statement stating that based on “in-depth investigations, a growing number of recent reports provide evidence that indigenous peoples are being subjected to violations of their rights as a result of the implementation of REDD+-type programs and policies.” Read the article …