Background briefings

Barefoot India, Andaman Islands


Barefoot is a travel company with resorts in the Andaman Islands. Its guests have apparently included Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet. Barefoot opened a new resort close to the islands' Jarawa reserve, set up to protect the recently contacted J...

Swine flu


Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are known to have contracted swine flu; more than a thousand have died from the virus. The WHO has declared a global flu pandemic. Tribal peoples are particularly vulnerable to swine flu. Those th...

Shin Yang - Logging and oil palm, Malaysia


Shin Yang is a Malaysian logging and oil palm plantation company. Its operations are destroying the Penan tribe’s forests in Sarawak, in the Malaysian part of Borneo.

Wilderness Safaris


Wilderness Safaris is a tourism company with lodges scattered throughout southern Africa. After the Botswana government closed the Bushmen’s only water borehole and forced them from their land, Wilderness Safaris opened a tourist lodge on their ...

Shell - oil & gas company


Shell explored for oil in a remote part of the south-east Peruvian Amazon in the early 1980s. The centre of operations was along the River Urubamba, which runs past the famous Inca ruin of Machu Picchu and is a major tributary of the mighty River ...

Madeira River dams


A series of mega dams is being built as a central part of Brazil’s Accelerated Growth Programme, which aims to stimulate the country’s economic growth by building a huge infrastructure of roads and dams, mainly in the Amazon region. The size of th...

Belo Monte dam


A series of mega dams is being built as a central part of Brazil’s Accelerated Growth Programme, which aims to stimulate the country’s economic growth by building a huge infrastructure of roads and dams, mainly in the Amazon region. The size of th...

FUNAI - National Indian Foundation (Brazil)


FUNAI, the National Indian Foundation, is the Brazilian government body that establishes and carries out policies relating to Indigenous peoples. FUNAI is responsible for mapping out and protecting lands traditionally inhabited and used by these c...

Dams


Dam construction is a menace to tribal peoples across the world. Once-stable river basins become flooded and river beds diverted as governments look for ways to increase electricity output. Local people usually suffer most, being forced off their ...

Climate Change


Survival International is in the forefront of the fight against false and distracting solutions to climate change. Indigenous peoples and their rights must be at the heart of the environmental and climate movement.

Perenco - Oil company


Perenco is a Anglo-French company which has a huge oil project in Peru’s northern Amazon. This is an area inhabited by at least two vulnerable uncontacted tribes who may well be destroyed by Perenco’s work there. One of the groups is believed to...

Samling - Logging firm, Malaysia


Samling is a Malaysian logging company which is destroying forests belonging to the Penan tribe in Sarawak, in the Malaysian part of Borneo. Samling has been operating on Penan land for many years, without the tribe’s consent. The Penan have repea...