Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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Map to the future

After 10 years of painstaking work, the indigenous Wapichan people of Guyana have finally made public a digital map of their territory, as well as unveiling plans to care for 1 .4 million hectares of pristine rainforest. Under threat from land-grabs, logging, dam-building, mining and agribusiness, the community intends to use the locally made map, which shows key livelihood, spiritual and cultural heritage sites, to pressure the government to recognize their land rights and preserve the environment.

Sharks' sanctuary

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has established the world's largest shark sanctuary, having passed legislation banning commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,527 square kilometres of its waters, as well as the sale of any sharks or shark products. …

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