Background briefings

Climate Change


We must bring tribal peoples into the heart of the environmental and climate movement

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 ...

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 R...

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...

Factory Schools


“In school, the teachers call us dirty. They call us pigs and dogs.” Rahman, Orang Asli, Malaysia Today around two million tribal children worldwide are being taught in Factory Schools, where they are stripped of their indigenous identity and indo...

Deforestation


Fighting deforestation is itself big business From roundtables, to suspect sustainability certificates, to huge international conferences, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save our Earth’s arboreal lungs. But what if the easiest, ch...

A Dangerous Controversy


Uncontacted tribes thrive when their lands are protected. They frequently indicate – by pointing arrows up at passing planes, leaving crossed spears in the forest, and more – that they do not want contact. But some academics are calling for outsi...

Sierra del Divisor: The Watershed Mountains


In the depths of the Amazon lies a region known as the Sierra del Divisor – “The Watershed Mountains” This unique and biodiverse land is home to a number of uncontacted tribes. They are running for their lives from loggers and drug t...

Yaguareté Porã


Home to the country’s last remaining uncontacted Indians and famed for its biological diversity, Paraguay’s Chaco forest is being rapidly destroyed by Brazilian company Yaguareté Porã to provide beef for Europe, Russia and China. If ...

Tiger Reserves, India


The lives of tribal people across India are being destroyed in the name of tiger conservation. This is illegal under national and international law. And it won’t save the tiger.

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