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Legal Frameworks for Local Development

In Costa Rica, coastal communities in the Gulf of Nicoya, indigenous groups and peasant communities in buffer zones of protected areas have been sharing a common fate. The legal insecurity about their land tenure limits them in their socio-economic activities. They may have high quality …

Resistance on the Easter Island Rapa Nui

Every year, large numbers of tourists visit the Chilean Easter Island Rapa Nui to see the well-known Moai statues. As Corina Schaub reports, this has serious consequences for the local population. In March and April, indigenous people occupied the Rapa Nui national park in order to draw …

Tourism in Ethnic Minority Areas in Myanmar

By Tulika Bansal and Vicky Bowman Myanmar is going through a “triple transition”: from a military system to democratic governance, from a centrally directed economy to a market-oriented economy, and from 60 years of conflict to peace in its border areas inhabited by different ethnic groups …

Displacement of the Displaced

By Jinu Abraham and Christina Kamp Since the 1960s, indigenous people have been displaced for the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and related infrastructure along the Narmada River in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat und Maharashtra. Following resistance and an extremely …

Voices from the Grassroots

By Sumesh Mangalassery In recent times, climate change has captured the attention of scientists, policymakers and civil society groups. It is far less common that people's groups raise their voices and discuss the local level impacts of climate change and its implications to their lives …

Oil Spill in Ecuador’s Rain Forest

After five years of operation, Ecuador's controversial oil pipeline "Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados" (OCP) experienced its first oil spill. According to official sources, more than 14,000 barrel of crude oil polluted the Santa Rosa river, about 100 km east of the capital Quito. Other rivers …

Indigenous Day at ITB 2009

How to share their culture and at the same time preserve its authenticity is one of the challenges confronting indigenous people involved in tourism. At the "Indigenous Day" event at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in March in Berlin, indigenous representatives from North America …

"Another tourism is possible and urgent!"

Tourism was among the issues raised at the World Social Forum (WSF) 2009, which took place from 27th January to 1st February in Belém, Brazil. Members of the Global Tourism Interventions Forum (GTIF) passed the "Declaration of Belém" in which they denounce hegemonic tourism policies. With …

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