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

February 2, 2021

The Philippines’ Lipote – Syzygium polycephaloides (C.B.Rob.) Merr.

Most of us know of duhat that blooms and fruits during the summer time. It is so common that many of us think it’s native to the Philippines, but it’s not. Lipote, on the other hand, is a staple to the READ MORE »

February 1, 2021

Memories of Nami

We trekked to an Alangan village in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on a very hot afternoon for a mapping activity. Upon reaching the place, I felt nauseous. I decided to stay in a hut and just wait for my colleagues who READ MORE »

January 29, 2021

Supporting and upholding indigenous food systems key to preventing the next pandemic

Rather than banning the consumption and trade of wildlife, we should be conserving our forests and recognizing the vital contribution of wild species to global food security, particularly those of indigenous peoples, who make up 6.2% of the world’s population. READ MORE »

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 »