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Brickbats and bouquets

THE decision adopted at the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity spanned over 300 pages.

Timber certification rejected

OVER 250 indigenous communities have signed a petition rejecting the timber certification scheme designed by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).

Consent needed

THE indigenous peoples caucus scored a minor victory in the on-going tussle for stronger recognition of their rights with parties agreeing to seek their prior consent with regards to resettlement as a consequence of the establishment or management of protected areas (PAs).

Re-thinking eco-tourism

IS eco-tourism doing more harm than good? That was the issue that was debated during a discussion among representatives of indigenous groups all over the world at the Community Kampong during COP-7.

Protect tribal languages

SOME indigenous communities called for efforts to protect languages of traditional and local communities as a tool to conserve bio-diversity.

Andean venture

IT gets extremely cold in the upper reaches of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, more than 4,000m above sea level, so it is just as well that the local people can rear alpacas to provide them with wool for ponchos, socks, hats and gloves.

Traditional ‘technology’

KNOWLEDGE from indigenous communities is valuable, too.

Guidelines for technology transfer sought

Delegates from some developing and developed nations want clearer guidelines in setting up facilities to aid technology transfer or co-operation between countries as part of efforts to reduce biodiversity loss.

Plant problems

FOR tour guide Oscar Flores, it simply makes no sense to put an offshore liquid gas and fuel export terminal 8km north of the Paracas maritime reserve, a key rest spot for migrating birds in the Western Hemisphere.

Bumiputras ‘have come a long way’

The Government has made significant attempts in handling the economic and social disparities among various bumiputra ethnic communities here, said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)'s vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak.