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On the northern end of Luzon island in the Philippines is a mountainous region called the Cordillera. known as the vegetable basket of the country, the Cordillera region encompasses seven provinces, has a total land area of over 1.8 million hectares, and is home to 1.3 million indigenous people. The Cordillera also sits upon a rich mineral belt that traverses the region.

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The Environmental Crisis in the Philippines

The current relationship in the Philippines between indigenous peoples and the state can be characterized as a legal and institutional stalemate. In Philippine law, indigenous peoples' ancestral domains are recognized under native title as never having been public land.

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The Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples: An International Overview

Relatively little research has examined directly the mental health status and treatment needs of the indigenous peoples of the world. This is both unsurprising and remarkable.

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Many of those involved with the mining industry, or with mining related issues will by now be aware of the Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) being managed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. MMSD is a two-year endeavor which began in April, 2000. The project was designed to address the role of mining, minerals, and metals in society's transition to sustainable development.

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The News That's Not Fit to Print (and what we intend to do about it)

Unreported News of 1987

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The Philippines: Rural Families, Urban Income

I'm telling my daughter that she shouldn't get married yet, we have too many expenses and we need her help.

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The T'Boli - Profiles in Transition

She is up and at the water faucet before most in her area of the village. With only four faucets to serve at least 650 people, the sooner one reaches the faucet, the sooner one can wash one's dishes, clothes and self. After tending to herself, she hoists the filled plastic container to her shoulder and walks home. These may be the only moments she has to herself that day.

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The Tribal Agro-forestry Technology Project: The Philippines

In November 2000, Cultural Survival was pleased to welcome Philippines TAFT Special Project Coordinator Datu Efren Mandipensa to our Cambridge offices, and to present him with a check for $3,000 to support his community's reforestation project in Mindanao. The plan is to build a Durian forest buffer zone around the remnant rainforest homeland of the indigenous Higaonon, an area targeted by loggers.

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The World Commission on Dams' Process

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Traditional Water Management Practices of the Kankanaey

  Traditional religious beliefs and customary laws have enabled the Kankanaey of Besao in northern Philippines to sustain their land's natural resources despite current challenges.  

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya - - A trial is expected to publicize allegedhuman rights violations committed by OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI),two years after the mining company reportedly demolished houses in aDidipio, Kasibu village in this province.This was disclosed by Peter Duyapat, chairperson of Didipio Earth-SaversMultipurpose Association (Desama), which represents communitiesdisplaced by the mining company's operations.

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Tribal Agro-Forestry Technology Project

Due to the shrinking rainforest and diminished plant and animal wildlife in Mindanao, the Higaonon indigenous people are impoverished, struggling even to provide basic food to their community. Illegal logging and lowland encroachment continue each day throughout the forest, further devastating the ecological balance of these ancestral lands.

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Tropical Rainforest Destruction: A Human-Rights Fact Sheet

The Losses * Inappropriate logging and farming have so devasted the rain forest on the Philippine island of Ormoc that it no longer functions as a natural flood barrier. In November 1991, a flash flood left over 3,000 dead and 20,000 homeless.

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U.N. Tools at Work in the Philippines

An interview with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Ellen Lutz interviewed Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, executive director of the Tebtebba Foundation in the Philippines and newly appointed member of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, during July’s session of the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations. What has been the most important accomplishment of the International Decade?

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From the late 1960s, the word, "commons," in the U.S. and other parts of the Western world has been associated with a phrase that has taken on epic proportions: "the tragedy of the commons." In popular parlance the "commons" is linked with environmental degradation and irresponsible use.

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Women and Identity: Modernization and the changeover to market economies. have mobilized some indigenous women and left others stranded

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On March 15, the United Nations General Assembly voted 170–4 to create a new Human Rights Council, effectively dissolving the oft-criticized Commission on Human Rights. Candidates for the Council will need to be elected by an absolute majority of 96 votes in order to secure a position, and once elected members can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

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