Bunun Tribe Becomes First Indigenous Community to Achieve FSC Certification in Taiwan and the Greater China Region

“Forest and mountain are our home, it is where our ancestors and we live, where we hunt and will teach our children how to hunt. There is no reason for our Bunun people not to protect the mountains and forests.”  With these remarks the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) assessment conducted by Rainforest Alliance was opened in January … Continue reading Bunun Tribe Becomes First Indigenous Community to Achieve FSC Certification in Taiwan and the Greater China Region

A Sustainable Community: Keeping Forests and Tribal Culture Alive

FSC’s responsible forest management approach revives degraded forests and improves the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples in north-east India. Kasam Lakshmi Tripuri is a young widow and a mother of two girls for whom finances have been a challenge since her husband passed away. But her fortunes changed when she was given the rights to tap … Continue reading A Sustainable Community: Keeping Forests and Tribal Culture Alive

In the field: Safeguarding the Environment in Tamil Nadu, India

The state government of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, has established an enterprise to re-create waste in a circular economy. Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) manufactures paper from farm waste (bagasse), waste paper and wood pulp obtained from eucalyptus and casuarina trees grown on TNPL-managed forest plantations. TNPL produces 400,000 tonnes of printing and … Continue reading In the field: Safeguarding the Environment in Tamil Nadu, India

In the field: Empowering Indigenous Peoples in Tripura, India

For many generations, the Tripura Indigenous peoples have been dependent on the forests. However, many forest areas are degraded because villagers have been clearing them for food crops. So how can the establishment of TFDPC and introduction of FSC certification provide alternative livelihood to indigenous peoples once they have to stop slash-and-burn and at the … Continue reading In the field: Empowering Indigenous Peoples in Tripura, India