Tuesday, March 25, 2008

March 10 - 16, 2008: Five Key Indigenous People's Issues

Five Important Indigenous People's Issues for the Week of March 10 - 16, 2008

Indigenous Hill People Fear Food Crisis

Locals in Khagrachhari say the 'ominous sign' will cause massive rat invasion.

Bamboo clusters in Khagrachhari are flowering and fruiting in a massive scale, giving an ominous sign of food crisis in the hills.

Elders said flowering and fruiting of bamboo takes place at an interval of 40 to 50 years. The fruits draw rats in a massive scale, which also eat up rice and other food crops. Locals call it idur banya (invasion by rats), which also cause other calamities. After fruiting, the bamboo withers away. Read the rest of the story here...

Indigenous People "Can Lead The Way On Climate Change"

Indigenous people are likely to be most affected by climate change but they can also play a vital role in limiting its effects, a report says today.

The report, the first comprehensive analysis of the effects of climate change on indigenous people, maps out the areas of the world which will be most vulnerable to climate change and how it will impact on this group. Get the rest of the story here...

Indigenous People of Chukotka Get Windfall From National Projects

The Chukotka peninsula is the traditional home to the indigenous Chukcha, Koryak, Eskimo, Evenk and five other small groups with unique cultures. And in a region rich in oil, gas, coal and gold, people remain a valuable resource.

About eight years ago the Chukotka authorities demolished the old buildings in Chukcha villages all around the peninsula and built a total of 800 new houses. They're spacious and, most importantly, very warm inside - and free of charge for the people. Read the rest of the story here...

Understanding Tibet's Indigenos People's Plight

As I watch the development of the situation in Tibet, I can hardly suppress my concerns. The Chinese authorities have launched a stern crackdown, and some quarters in the international community are starting to discuss a boycott of the Beijing Summer Olympics. What China intends to achieve with the Olympics is well known, so the international community may look to use the Games as leverage to apply pressure on Beijing. But chances for such pressure succeeding seem all but nil, and may result in the misfortune of aggravating the damage to Tibetans. Read the rest here...

Indigenous People of Commander Islands Protest Against Expanding Reserve

Residents of Bering Island – the only inhabited island in the group of Commander Islands (Komandorski Islands) – protest against including the northern part of the island into the State Natural Reserve “Komandorski”.

If the reserve area is expanded the indigenous Aleut people living on the island will not be able to live their traditional life that includes hunting sea and island animals and fishing. Read the rest of the story here...

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