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Read up on commentaries and perspectives on issues on forests and peoples around Asia.

December 16, 2020

COVID teaches us a lesson in food self-sufficiency

We used to take the availability of food for granted. At least, for those of us who have the means to pay for other people to produce, process and prepare it for us. The restaurants, groceries and markets provided for READ MORE »

December 10, 2020

PHOTO ESSAY: From my village to my sister’s village—United women environmental human rights defenders in Asia

Today as we commemorate International Human Rights Day, we continue to stand in solidarity with women environmental human rights defenders (WEHRD) in Asia in their struggle for gender and environmental justice. During the WEHRD Online Retreat, grassroots WEHRD from all READ MORE »

November 29, 2020

Courage in the face of struggles; hope in solidarity among Women Environmental Human Rights Defenders

Today, November 29, we recognize the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) around the world. According to the United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights, WHRDs are “both female human rights defenders, and any other human rights defenders who READ MORE »

October 15, 2020

Traditional Knowledge: What is it? (Part 3)

As mentioned in previous notes on this subject, traditional knowledge is something quite ‘popular’ as well as something recognized as necessary and needing promotion. The Convention on Biological Diversity gives it a prominent place as do many other institutions which READ MORE »

October 14, 2020

Adivasi Women in Zawar Mines in Rajasthan Reclaim the Rights to Their Resources

Lakshmi Devi (56), a Bhil Adivasi woman from Kanpur village in Udaipur district in Rajasthan has not been able to harvest a single grain from the three kilograms of pulses she sowed on her 2 acre farm this year. “Look READ MORE »

September 30, 2020

Traditional Knowledge: What is it? (Part 2)

When one asks what traditional knowledge is, it is usually meant as a ‘functional’ term, and what it entails is assumed to be names and uses of the flora and fauna of a region, their status and distribution, etc. It’s READ MORE »

September 16, 2020

Traditional Knowledge: What is it? (Part 1)

The term ‘traditional knowledge’ has become a part of the all levels of development-speak, receiving attention from the international community, United Nations as well as national policy-makers. It is now understood that traditional knowledge (of indigenous peoples) is a valuable READ MORE »

April 22, 2020

Earth Day and our Indigenous Peoples

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day movement since its origin in 1970, and this year’s theme centers on climate action. The theme is timely but challenging. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting countries in all continents, most if READ MORE »