Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community started planning for climate change a decade ago. Located on the southeastern peninsula of Fidalgo Island on Puget Sound in Washington, the reservation is surrounded by water and at high risk for sea-level rise. A destructive 100-year storm event in 2006 led tribal leaders to research and fund climate programs, and the Swinomish became the first tribal nation to adopt a climate adaptation plan.

So when President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations’ Paris climate agreement, the Swinomish reacted swiftly and, together with other tribes, publicly committed to uphold the accord.

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Courtesy: The Journal

CAG finds fault in implementation of schemes for marginal tribal groups

BHUBANESWAR: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its latest report highlighted deficiencies in implementation of various schemes for development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) of the state. There are 62 tribal communities in the state of which 13 communities belong to PVTGs. These groups are- Bonda, Chuktia Bhunjia, Didayi, Dongaria Kandha, Hill Kharia, Mankirdia, Birhor, Juang, Kutia Kandha, Lanjia Saora, Lodha, Paudi Bhuyan and Saora. The state had 89, 208 PVTGs spread over 12 districts during the 2015 survey.

The CAG report on general and social sector for 2015-16 tabled in the state assembly on Saturday said the state government had no scheme exclusively for PVTGs as of March 2016. However, the Centre has launched three schemes including a scheme, conservation-cum-development (CCD) plan, for them. These schemes are implemented through 17 micro projects. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Odisha: In malaria hotbed, a remote, tribal village fights

One recent August day, a festive atmosphere enveloped Budabirmaha hamlet in the tribal Kandhamal district of Odisha. The day had started with dancing to the beating of drums as the villagers welcomed their “guests”, health workers who would test them for malaria.

“Whoever tests positive should complete the medicine course without fail,” Salman Mallick, the village’s health volunteer, told the gathering in the local Kui language.

With this, the team set about testing all 189 villagers in the first of two mass screenings to be conducted each year—before and after the monsoon rains–under a joint programme by Tata Trusts and the Government of Odisha that aims to reduce malaria deaths by 100% and malaria incidence by 40% by 2021.

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Courtesy: hindustan times

GST may hit tribal welfare

Tribals and forest-dependent communities across the country may lose a significant share of the revenue earmarked for their community welfare activities to the Goods and Service Tax regime (GST).

The revenue from the not-for-profit souvenir shops and other ecotourism facilities offered by these vulnerable communities in tiger reserves and protected areas may come under the GST, it is apprehended.

While 50% of the revenue generated from these activities is used for community welfare activities, the rest is used for the management of protected areas. It is estimated that there are around 50 lakh people, including tribals, among those living in the fringe areas of the 50 tiger reserves of the country. Almost all protected areas of the country have ecotourism programmes.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Jhilabaai;The fearless tribal leader of Satpura Hills

Almost a decade ago, Mumbai-based documentary maker Pratibha Sharma had visited Taloda village in Nandurbar along with her friend, a social worker, who was working in the region. That was the first time she had met and interacted with tribal families.

Sharma wanted to capture the realities and tribulations of these families, and her idea finally started turning into action in 2013, when she began work on her documentary, Aamo Aakha Ek Se (We are one).

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Courtesy: The Indian Express

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