A village among mangrove forests in West Papua. Mokhamad Edliadi, GLF

Best of Landscape News 2019: Livelihoods

Our pick of this year’s top stories

A few weeks ago, we paid homage to some of the most inspiring activists, scientists, thinkers, and other change-makers featured on Landscape News in 2019. But naming names and putting faces to them doesn’t do justice to the many communities, organizations, Indigenous peoples and other small-scale groups and initiatives working behind the scenes to build and sustain livelihoods in harmony with nature. This week, we’re featuring 10 such stories showcasing these less-visible agents of change in climate action.

In Africa, bamboo bicycles are shifting gears for women in the workforce

Ghanaian entrepreneur Bernice Dapaah on how to build bicycles out of bamboo, which are proving to be sustainable, equitable sets of wheels.

Bamboo is fast-growing, flexible and has a tensile strength greater than mild steel. Courtesy of Bernice Dapaah
Courtesy of Bernice Dapaah

Tackling logging in Cambodia? There’s an app for that

In the ‘Serengeti of Southeast Asia’, the Prey Lang smartphone app helps Indigenous communities in Cambodia expose and record illegal logging.

Villagers test app to prevent illegal logging
Courtesy of Nerea Turreira Garcia.

“Mother, Mother Nature” / “We are the Future”

A pair of poems from Greenland Inuk poet and activist Aka Niviâna, who writes about the impacts of climate change impact on her native landscape and to preserve the culture of her country’s Indigenous people.

Jose Eivissa, Flickr

Talking about a revolution for nature’s rights

A new paper suggests that granting rights to nature itself could be a viable way to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises – with a few caveats.

Jeffrey van Lent, CIFOR

Who is applying rights-of-nature laws?

A look at six countries where rights have been granted to nature, and how these initiatives have fared so far.

Tomas Munita, CIFOR

Colonization to climate change: NunatuKavut Inuit defend landscape

How an Inuit community in the Arctic north of Canada is overcoming the social and environmental effects of colonialism.

Lewis Campbell

The increasingly dangerous work of environmental journalism

Mongabay Latam senior editor Alexa Vélez details the risky job of reporting from the no-man’s land between Indigenous communities and drug traffickers in Latin America.

Photo: Vanessa Romo, Mongabay

Life as a Sherpa in the age of climate change

From watching glaciers warm into lakes to growing summer vegetables for the first time, three Himalayan Sherpas share their stories.

Across the Himalayas, Sherpas have adapted to live at average heights of 4,480 meters above sea levels for more than 6,000 years, but now are facing new challenges as the planet warms. Kiril Rusev, Flickr
Photo: Kiril Rusev, Flickr

Why Indigenous peoples’ issues must be national issues

An in-depth look at the struggles of Peru’s Amazonian peoples to achieve legal recognition of their rights to their land.

Marlon del Aguila Guerrero, CIFOR

We’re creating a ‘gold standard’ for rights – but why?

Rights expert Alain Frechette on how to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities faced with dispossession, violence and persecution.

Courtesy of RRI



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