|Indigenous territories constitute 20% of the Earth's land mass that harbors 80% of the world's remaining biodiversity. From: First Peoples Worldwide.|
The focus of this year's International Day is "Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honoring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements."
|A group of ethnic Mashco Piro recently emerged from the Amazon rainforest in Peru pressured by illegal mining and logging in the area. (El Commercio, Peru) Planned expansion into the Amazon of Peru of a gas project, known as Camisea, threatens several uncontacted tribes the Peruvian Amazon that have emerged fleeing intrusive exploitation of oil and gas reserves.|
It's amazing to know that there are still small groups of indigenous peoples who continue to live in isolation from the modern world. And we know from our own travels among the Maasai of East Africa, the Embera of Panama, and other tribal groups we encounter that many First Nations are struggling to protect their culture and the native lands in which they live and retain ancestral rights.
"When we encounter native peoples they often remind us of our interconnectedness with each other and all living things. They have much to teach us about how to take better care of our Mother Earth. And they need us to be a voice for them in the modern world." Kurt Kutay, President, Wildland Adventures
Cultural Survival, First Peoples Worldwide, and the #Proud2BIndigenous coalition have dedicated this week to FPIC - Free, Prior and Informed Consent, which stipulates that corporations, governments, and NGOS must include Indigenous Peoples in the planning and implementation of all development projects on traditional land, and obtain their consent before beginning a project, including respecting their right to say no to such projects.
And this goes for tourism projects as well. At Wildland Adventures we've always been careful to avoid cultural encounters that exploit local people. We only work with colleagues in tourism who respect the rights and traditions of native cultures in their country. We make sure that cultural encounters on Wildland Adventures with indigenous communities are on their terms, not ours.
Maasailand Safari: Living Among the Maasai
Serengeti Wilderness Safari
Ethiopia: Land of Legend
Highlands of Guatemala
Bedouin Trek to Petra
Inca Trail Trek and Amazon
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