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Keeping Up With The Defenders

News and notes from the forest

Naso Land Rights in the Balance

The Naso People have lived in Panama and Costa Rica since time immemorial. Their vision of the world is rooted in a balance between human needs and the natural environment, which makes them natural guardians of the forest. On February 20, 2019, the National Assembly...

Scaling Up Indigenous Land Titling in Panama

COONAPIP Scales Up Indigenous Land Titling in Panama The National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP) launched a new effort last week to scale up titling of collective lands and strengthen governance in the Central American nation. COONAPIP met...

Carol Alt Dials it in for the Rainforest

Can making a couple of phone calls save the rainforest? If you are Carol Alt, those calls can make all the difference. Alt dedicated September 11th to protecting the rainforest this year and joined other celebrities at Cantor's Charity Day in raising money and...

Fortress Conservation Hurts Our Planet

Fortress conservation doesn't just hurt indigenous communities it hurts our planet. The newest Rights Resources Initiative (RRI ) study  Cornered By Protected Areas documents  how fortress conservation is "hurting people and forests alike."  Researchers from around...