Protecting the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples will not only provide security for historically exploited groups but also help the global fights against climate change and biodiversity loss, UN experts say.
David Waskow and Paula CaballeroJoe ThwaitesRhys Gerholdt
and Christina Chan,Kathleen Mogelgaard, and Yamide Dagnet –
COP 23 was a mix of encouraging commitments, helpful momentum on climate action, and a reminder the need to accelerate progress towards the goal of capping global temperature increase at safe levels
Selim Jahan –
To make poverty history, it's time for a fundamental rethink of development should look like, says human development expert Selim Jahan. This means paying more attention to the less palpable features of progress.
Geoff Wells –
Drones and satellites swirl overhead to monitor our forests. Computers churn out calculations of forest growth, while carbon markets ring up transactions. This is the backdrop to carbon credits that are financing forest conservation. But how do local people fit into this fast-evolving world of technology?
Brazil's two proposed bills to revive its flagging economy could have the opposite effect—degrading the environment, diminishing human rights and even hurting the economy. WRI's Helen Ding and Rachel Biderman explain why.
Nature has been described as the "GDP of the poor". Trade and conservation experts outline policy ideas to help rural, poor, and indigenous people achieve sustainable and beneficial livelihoods based on natural resources.
Vaidehi Shah –
Brazil and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for activists fighting mining, agribusiness and hydroelectric companies for their rights to land, forests, and rivers, a new report by Global Witness found.