Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Technology is Already Changing How we Protect the World’s Rainforests

Recently there have been many breakthroughs in commercially available satellite monitoring technology, and especially in how it’s used to protect one of Earth’s most precious terrestrial ecosystems — rainforests. Mongabay just reported on a new set of free, open-source software tools (Collect Earth) that lets any person monitor deforestation and landscape-level changes (and track their causes) […]

Colombia Adds 2,192 mi² of Indigenous Reserves to Stop Deforestation and Prepare for Climate Change

The Colombian government recently announced the expansion of the two indigenous reserves of Puerto Sabalo-Los Monos and Monochoa in Caquetá province by an amazing 567,890 hectares (2,192 mi²) — creating a connected area greater than the size of Honduras!  The primary aims of these new reserves are to help stop deforestation and forest degradation, connect previously isolated natural […]

Study Shows Fulfilling Indigenous Land Rights Leads to Greater Protection of Forests

A great study just came out that confirms what indigenous activists and environmentalists have been saying with increasing force in recent years: indigenous communities are the front-line protectors and stewards of the world’s natural ecosystems, and supporting indigenous land ownership rights will be absolutely essential to protecting the world’s ecosystems and sustaining the Earth’s biodiversity in the 21st century […]

Indigenous Network Halts Destructive Baram Dam Project in Sarawak, Borneo

The Borneo Project has just released an informative video on a very important subject (and one that is somewhat personal to me) – plans to build 12 mega hydroelectric dams in the state of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo and the indigenous-led activist effort against the dams. Seeing as how March 14 was the International Day of Action for […]