Restoring the woodland. Credit: Verdegaia

Climate change adaptation: Restoring community common lands in Galicia, Spain

Joám Evans Pim, Froxán Common Lands Community Monte veciñal en man común (community common lands) is a legal mechanism in Galicia, Spain, recognising communal land tenure. It is based on traditional customary systems that recognised community rights and obligations under the ancient feudal tenure system. During the mid-20th century, these systems were undermined in favour of commercial forestry … Read more

Sharing information about plants at Barnes Hill. Credit: Timothy Payne.

Addressing drought through revival of a historic reservoir: Barnes Hill Community, Antigua and Barbuda

Leonard Philip, Barnes Hill Community Development Organization The people of Barnes Hill community are working together to restore their community reservoir, which was built in the 1890s to provide the village with fresh water in times of drought but had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Water shortages during a recent four-year drought led to serious … Read more

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Network of Weavers of the Ipiales Indigenous Reserve, Colombia

By Edhith Bastidas, Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network and the Center for the Promotion and Indigenous and Social Development YANAPANAKUY, Colombia The Indigenous Reserve of Ipiales is located in the Department of Nariño in the southwest of Colombia. Its population is approximately 25,000 people belonging to the village of Los Pastos. Through an alliance between the … Read more


Restoration and reforestation of the Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reserve, Colombia

By Héctor Jaime Vinasco, Governing Council of the Resguardo Cañamomo The Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reserve in Colombia was created by a royal warrant issued by Carlos I of Spain in 1540. It covers 4,837 hectares and involves 32 communities. The history of Cañamomo Lomaprieta has been concerned largely with territorial defence; its rich gold deposits … Read more

Guinaang - U'ma, alongside the baang, being prepared for planting

Controlling the invasive Gmelina and bringing back biodiversity

Venecio Lingbawan and Florence Daguitan In the 1990’s, gmelina (Gmelina arborea) was promoted in our territory in Guinaang Pasil, Kalinga. It is fast growing they say and can be harvested as timber after 10 years. We planted these in the u’uma (rotational agricultural areas) and in the boboloy (residential areas) in the ba-ang. Baang is … Read more


Traditional knowledge and customary sustainable practices to conserve the endangered red panda in Ilam, Nepal

The indigenous peoples of Ilam, East Nepal include the Kirant (encompassing the Rai and Limbu peoples), Lepcha, Tamang, Sherpa, Sunuwar, Gurung, Magar and Thangmi.