Amazon Conservation, Amazon Mining, Amazon Rainforest, Endangered Environmentalists, Forests, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The Waorani indigenous community in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest filed a lawsuit against three government bodies earlier this year for conducting a faulty consultation process in 2012 that resulted in putting their territory up for an international oil auction.A regional court tribunal ruled in favor of the community, saying the 2012 consultation process violated the community’s rights.The ruling is historic, as it gives communities an extra legal tool to demand their right to self-determination and opens the door to reshape the country’s free, prior and informed consent laws. QUITO, Ecuador — The indigenous Waorani community in Ecuador won a historic lawsuit against the government late last month, when a three-judge panel ruled that a consultation process conducted with the community in 2012 was inadequate and violated the community’s rights.The ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community’s territory for the sake of oil extraction. The lawsuit represents 16 Waorani communities who live deep in Ecuador’s southern Amazon rainforest, in an area that has long been part of the government’s oil development plans.“Today, we have protected our forest from oil drilling, we have protected our water from contamination, we have protected our children from sickness,” said Oswando Nenquimo, spokesperson for the Waorani of the province of Pastaza, in an April 26 press release.But April’s ruling is more than just a win for the Waorani. It also sets an important precedent for other indigenous communities in the Amazon fighting against extraction activities in their territory, and opens the door to reshape the country’s controversial free, prior and informed consent process.The trial against free, prior and informed consentIndigenous Waorani marching to the judicial office Friday April 26 to hear the ruling for their lawsuit against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.The Waorani community co-filed the lawsuit earlier this year with the Ecuadoran Human Rights Ombudsman against three government bodies — the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, the Secretary of Hydrocarbons, and the Ministry of Environment — for conducting a faulty consultation process with the communities in 2012.The state then proceeded to divide the southern Amazon into 13 blocks and put them up for sale in an international oil auction, called the Southeast Oil round. This includes Block 22, which overlaps almost entirely with Waorani territory. Last year, the government significantly reduced the auction down to two blocks and removed Block 22; but it emphasized that the region is not exempt from future drilling plans.According to both national and international law, governments must undergo a free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process with communities before undergoing extraction activities on or near their territory.Waorani celebrate their win in the court room after the judge read a verdict for nearly 6 hours, and ruled in favor of the community. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.During the three-day trial in April, the Waorani presented a wide range of evidence to show how the consultation process undertaken in 2012 was deceitful and not in accordance with legal standards in many ways. The evidence they presented included government documents, testimonies from experts as well as witnesses from the community.There were more than 50 testimonies by Waorani community members who said officials used the consultation process to promote the economic benefits of oil, but never explained the repercussions or environmental impacts of oil extraction in their territories. Others said they simply did not understand the consultation process or its implications, either from lack of translation into Waorani or a general lack of information.The ruling went on for almost six hours, as the judges went through each piece of evidence and explained how the consultation process in 2012 was inadequate, not conducted in good faith, and did not take into account the Waorani’s cultural differences and communication needs. It also said the consultation process violated the community’s right to self-determination.The regional court then ordered the state to undergo capacity training and apply internationally approved standards to all consultation processes, and redo the 2012 consultation process before trying to sell Waorani territory.“We are really satisfied with the court’s decision, especially because the court recognized that what happened in 2012, and what the state calls a ‘consultation’ never was,” said Lina Maria Espinosa, the community’s lawyer with the local nongovernmental organization Amazon Frontlines.She added that her side would immediately begin demanding that the state comply with the judges’ ruling before any extraction activities in Waorani territory can advance.Apart from the immediate victory for the Waorani community, this ruling effectively stops drilling plans in the territory of the seven other nationalities who were consulted during the 2012 process, before the Amazon was divided into oil blocks, says Espinosa. These communities live in the other 12 oil blocks.This temporarily saves almost 32,300 square kilometers (12,500 square miles) of Amazon rainforest and indigenous land from oil drilling in the southeast of the Ecuador. Experts say drilling in the rainforest could lead to contamination of the rainforest due to oil leaks, spills, and waste dumping. The creation of roads to access the remote area could also pave the way for other industries, such as agriculture, and lead to massive deforestation.Historic opportunityWaorani throw their spears in the air outside the judicial office, celebrating their legal victory against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.One of the more important outcomes was the tribunal’s decision that the 2012 consultation process also violated the community’s right to self-determination. Relating these two issues is “very important,” says Espinosa, as it could override a controversial decree in the Ecuadoran constitution.Under Decree 1247, officials do not have to reach a consensus with communities when they consult with them about extraction projects on their territory. This means the government is allowed to continue with these projects on indigenous land even if those communities say no, thus limiting their territorial autonomy.But April’s ruling reinstates the indigenous right to self-determination. They can now say no to extraction projects, and have stronger legal backing to exercise this autonomy.“Relating consultation with self-determination becomes a powerful lock, because now it has to be understood that the Waorani have a right to governance over their territory. And with that governance, this capacity to own and make decisions on their territory, the state capacity is removed,” says Espinosa.The ruling also presents an opportunity to reshape the free, prior and informed consent process in and of itself, which has long been problematic for communities across Ecuador.A powerful allyWaorani women, waiting for the ruling in their case against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.Last year, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, denounced Ecuador’s consultation process after visiting the country and speaking with various indigenous groups there. In her end-of-mission statement, she called for the consultation process to be “reviewed and amended or appealed.”“Communities here are not being consulted in any adequate way,” she told Mongabay in an interview in December. The consultation process often divides these communities, she added, “and in the end the government will do anything they want anyway … that’s one of the weaknesses of the constitution.”The regional court judiciary acknowledged in the ruling for the first time that the consultation process in 2012 was inadequate. By defending its actions, the court said the state had already shown it doesn’t know how that process should be done, says Espinosa.Waorani women pose for photo outside of the judicial office after their legal victory against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.“This is a historic opportunity,” Espinosa said. “Let’s sit down with the state, as well as indigenous peoples and nationalities and finally build that standard of prior, free and informed consultation for Ecuador, which will serve the Waoranis and any other people and nationality.”Espinosa emphasized the importance of taking into account the cultural differences between communities, and says it’s important to avoid creating a homogenous standard to apply to all nationalities.The Ministry of Energy and Non-renewable Natural Resources did not respond to Mongabay’s request for comment by the time of publication, but it announced via social media that it will file for appeal with the Pastaza provincial court.Oil has always been an important part of Ecuador‘s economy. According to the World Bank, it contributed to much of the country’s growth from 2006 to 2014, while the income derived from oil and invested in education, health care and social programs helped lower the poverty rate by 15 percent.But this economy has also come at a cost. Communities across the Amazon have protested against extraction activities in their territories, saying it causes contamination and community displacements.This is the second historic victory for Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest over the past year. Last year, the indigenous Kofan community from the north of Ecuador won a landmark case against the Ecuadoran government for allowing mining operations to continue in their territory that had not undergone a consultation process. Judges in both the regional court and the provincial court of Sucumbíos ruled in favor of the community, and 52 mining concessions along the Aguarico River were canceled.Banner image: Indigenous Waorani march through the streets of Puyo after their legal victory against the government, during a strong downpour. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines. About the reporter: Kimberley A. Brown is a Quito, Ecuador-based freelance multimedia journalist who regularly covers the intersection of indigenous land rights and effective conservation. You can find her on Twitter at @KimberleyJBrown. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.