2015

Emergency grant : Supporting the remote village of Pungmo (Nepal) to restore its earthquake-damaged Amchi clinic and strengthen itself to conserve the local environment.

Emergency grant : Supporting the remote village of Pungmo (Nepal) to restore its earthquake-damaged Amchi clinic and strengthen itself to conserve the local environment.

Amchi is an ancient medical tradition that makes use of herbal medicine and is strongly related to religious beliefs (i.e. Bon and Buddhism), community rituals and the practice of art and astrology. The Amchi clinic of the remote Pungmo village … Read more

The indigenous peoples of Brazil—continuing the struggle to obtain the respect of their rights

The indigenous peoples of Brazil—continuing the struggle to obtain the respect of their rights

This initiative provides support to two events where indigenous leaders will be strengthened in their struggle to secure the right to live in their customary territories. The first event is a mobilization, to be held in the second half of … Read more

Supporting the small community of Uvinje (Tanzania) in their long battle to secure the rightful ownership of their village land

Supporting the small community of Uvinje (Tanzania) in their long battle to secure the rightful ownership of their village land

Uvinje is a tiny coastal community located 135 km north of Dar es Salaam since the 17th century. The community has weathered multiple challenges, including a dramatic decline in fishing due to depletion of stocks by commercial enterprises. Today, it … Read more

Strengthening Similipal Peoples’ Parliament  (India) in its own biosphere reserve

Strengthening Similipal Peoples’ Parliament (India) in its own biosphere reserve

Gram Swaraj– a civil society organization in Odisha, in the east coast of India– works to address core issues of ecological restoration, self governance and human development. Presently the organisation focuses efforts in Similipal biosphere reserve (Mayurbhnaj district), a large … Read more

The Oran Resource Centre— a source of community empowerment in Rajastan (India)

The Oran Resource Centre— a source of community empowerment in Rajastan (India)

‘Oran’ is a term used for a local « micro » biodiversity reserve at village level, often harbouring the shrine of a local goddess or deity. Such local forests vary in size from a hundred to five hundred bighas (about … Read more