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.

Lutte des femmes pour leurs terres et leurs moyens de subsistance dans la Péninsule de Kampar en Indonésie

Rini Ramadhanti

À partir de mi-2009, j’ai commencé à me rendre régulièrement dans le village de Teluk Meranti pour y rencontrer les femmes et discuter avec elles de leurs conditions de vie et des questions qui les affectent. Teluk Meranti est un village qui compte environ un millier d’habitants près de la Péninsule de Kampar, une tourbière à Riau, sur l’île de Sumatra en Indonésie.

Lors de ma première visite, nous avons discuté des peurs des femmes relatives à la perte de leurs terres agricoles et de leurs forêts, et de leur souhait de développer leurs potagers et leurs petites entreprises. Ces femmes étaient préoccupées par un plan du gouvernement et de la société du secteur de la pâte et du papier APRIL visant à créer une plantation de bois à pâte sur une surface de 56 000 hectares et à s’emparer d’une forêt que leur communauté gère depuis des générations.