The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the first international instrument to deal with issues of ethics and equity with regard to the sharing of benefits derived from genetic resources between those who have conserved them and those who exploit them.

Who were the first Indians? Were they the chocolate-hued Dravidian southerners or the dark-skinned tribals that inhabit East India and the Andaman islands? Was the relatively fair Indo-European population of the North the original settler? Or did the Mongoloid-featured Tibetan-Burmans beat the rest to it? When and how did the pioneers reach India? What routes did they take?

Using examples of work taking place throughout the developing world, the report argues for a stronger role for civil society and community organisations in the global response to climate chaos, and the need for rich countries to foot the bill via a new funding body.

Thimphu dzongkhag administration yesterday handed over the Genekha forest to the community to manage the Sangay shamu (Matsutake) rich forest.

A green backdrop in the wake of the recent monsoon fails to hide the stumps of fullygrown Sagaun trees that once stood on Kashiram"s fields in Dadudhana village of Betul district. The septuagenarian Dalit, along with his son Ramcharan, still awaits payment from a dodgy contractor who logged 200 trees of precious timber on his private land.
A hapless Bhimrao and Shanta

This report identifies ten risk reduction practices which were successfully implemented in the pilot communities and are replicable elsewhere. Its objective is to encourage knowledge and experience sharing among communities, organizations and other disaster risk reduction (DRR) stakeholders for the benefit of all those vulnerable to natural disasters, especially floods.

This document presents the three-year Andhra Pradesh Relief to Development project which aimed to improve the capacity of target communities to better manage in times of disaster. This project took place in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, in December 2004, to restore the livelihoods of affected communities.

The GOI-UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme envisages accelerating capacity development for disaster reduction at the national level and in some of the most-vulnerable regions in the country through community-based and gender sensitive approaches. It is designed to assist some of the most multi-hazard prone

In spite of the widely accepted success of Community Forestry in reviving degraded land, it is still seen as being unable to provide tangible benefits to the poor.

Drawing on the experience of Livelihoods and Forestry Programme in Nepal, this paper makes the case for community-generated planning, selfmonitoring and evaluation for adaptive learning and good governance in community forest user groups (CFUGs) in Nepal. These processes, conceptualised as Adaptive Learning and Action