Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken to the courts, through the development of innovative legal ways of protecting nature. In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon -- the idea that nature itself can have rights.
Date: 2 February 2017
Severe droughts gripping Peru have given way to some of the country's most devastating downpours in decades, catching authorities off guard as they scramble to contain the kind of floods that climate change is expected to make more frequent.
At least 20 people have died in rain-related events in Peru in recent weeks, including six miners buried under a landslide in southern Peru, said Juber Ruiz, with Peru's civil defense institute, on Thursday.
By: Adriaan Alsema
Date: 3 February 2017
Source: Colombia Reports
If it were up to the Colombian government, it will get rid of 75% of all the country’s coca, the plant to produce cocaine. Some 50,000 hectares are supposed to be eradicated in the country’s most ambitious counter-narcotics operations ever.
In total, the government wants to remove 100,000 hectares of coca, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas told newspaper El Tiempo last month.
By: Luis Jaime Acosta
Date: 5 February 2017
Around 300 fighters from Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels will not demobilize under a peace deal, a military commander said, giving the first official figure of guerrillas who may join with crime gangs seeking control of lucrative rebel drug territory.
Na manhã desta sexta-feira (03), a Secretaria do Desenvolvimento Agrário (SDA) realizou a entrega de 217 títulos de terra e assinou a ordem de serviço para instalação de sistema de abastecimento d´água com módulos sanitários em Banabuiú, município localizado a 233 km de distância da capital Fortaleza
By: Ahmed Elbenni
Date: 4 February 2017
Source: The Yale Politic
And so began a new chapter in the tug-of-war between one president’s legacy and another’s plan, part of the ongoing struggle for Native rights despite government-induced marginalization.
Residents were attacked by police forces Monday in order to evict them in Guahory, in the department of Caaguazu.
Responding to the urgent request of Paraguayan campesinos, who were violently evicted from their land, Paraguay's Permanent Legislative Commission held a meeting with the National Institute of Rural and Land Development, INDRT, director Justo Cardenas to try to resolve the issue.
By: Linda Farthing
Date: 1 February 2017
Source: Earth Island Journal
As Lake Poopó vanishes, depleted by water diversions and warming temperatures, it leaves behind an uncertain future for Indigenous Urus