Philippines: ALDAW Petition and Update on the mission of the Palawan Indigenous Delegation in Manila

Please read the following News Update from ALDAW Indigenous Network (Ancestral Land/Domain Watch):Dear friends and supporters of the Palawan Campaign,

See below an update on the mission of the Palawan Indigenous
Delegation in Manila.

More updates will fallow as soon as they are available. Meanwhile, we
would like to inform you, one more time, that a signature campaign
against NCIP has already been initiated by ALDAW with the support of
the Rainforest Rescue. Please, get on line and place your signature
in support of our cause, it will only take a few minutes!

Here is the link:

Thank you in advance to all of you for the support

The ALDAW Team

MIFEE: Tak terjangkau angan Malind

New publication explores the likely impacts of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) on the Malind peoples of Southern Papua in Indonesia.

Women's struggle for their lands and livelihoods in the Kampar Peninsular, Indonesia

By: Rini Ramadhanti 

In mid 2009, I started making regular visits to the village of Teluk Meranti to meet the women and talk about their current living conditions and the issues that affect them. Teluk Meranti is a village of about one thousand people next to the Kampar Peninsular, a peat swamp forest in Riau, on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. On my first visit we discussed women’s fears of losing their agricultural lands and forests, and their desire to further develop their gardens and small businesses. The women were concerned about a plan of the government and the pulp and paper company APRIL to create a pulpwood plantation covering 56,000 hectares and take over a forest that their community have managed for generations.

La lucha de las mujeres por sus tierras y sus medios de vida en la península de Kampar, Indonesia

Por:Rini Ramadhanti

A mediados de 2009 empecé a visitar el pueblo de Teluk Meranti con regularidad para reunirme con las mujeres y hablar de sus actuales condiciones de vida y de las cuestiones que les preocupaban. Teluk Meranti es un pueblo de unos mil habitantes situado junto a la península de Kampar, cubierta de bosques pantanosos ricos en turberas, en la provincia de Riau de la isla de Sumatra, Indonesia.

Durante mi primera visita hablamos de su temor a perder sus tierras agrícolas y sus bosques, y de su deseo de desarrollar sus jardines y sus pequeños negocios. A las mujeres les preocupaba un plan del Gobierno y la empresa de papel y pasta de papel APRIL de crear una plantación de madera para pasta que cubriría 56 000 hectáreas y ocuparía un bosque que su comunidad había manejado durante generaciones.