In Africa, Protecting Community Lands Is Good for People, Peace and Profit
Governments, companies and investors benefit when they recognize the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
The Human Cost of Conservation: “Yellowstone Model” Wreaks Havoc Abroad
In the highlands of north-central Guatemala, old-school conservation methods are causing serious problems for indigenous communities who have sustainably harvested and cared for the area for hundreds of years.
A Forest Hero is Fêted in a Concrete Jungle
Paul Pavol, from the forested island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, flew 9,000 miles to accept the fifth Alexander Soros Foundation Award for Environmental and Human Rights Activism.
Evening of Storytelling Features Leaders from the Developing World
Aspen New Voices Fellows recently gathered in Nairobi to share the personal stories behind their work in development.
How Do You Conserve a Place That’s Inhabited?
When a government decides to conserve land by making it a national park, what happens to the Indigenous Peoples who have lived there for generations?
What if Defending Your Home Got You Killed?
In 2015, a hidden war claimed the lives of more than three people each week, according to a new report by NGO Global Witness. The cause of this war: land.
Your Summer Vacation Might Be at Risk
Climate change threatens 31 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 29 countries. Find out which ones are at risk—and what can be done about it.
GDP Is a Good Answer to the Wrong Question
A leading economist says we shouldn't use GDP to measure a country's well-being. He won this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his ideas. Here's why.
Do I Believe in Climate Change? Well, It Depends on What You Want Me to Do About It.
A study found that a scientific finding’s practical implications and solutions – not just the underlying facts – influence people’s likelihood of believing the science itself. This has huge implications for communications professionals.
Not For Sale: Indigenous Peoples Protect Their Lands—Sometimes with their Lives
There are few people who would refuse to sell their home—if the price were right. So investors might assume that money would mollify indigenous and other rural peoples whose land is wanted for gold mining, oil, timber or other extractive projects. But new findings released last month in London by the Rights and Resources Initiative and by TMP Systems revealed the opposite.