Photo collage of different indigenous people


Indigenous tribe in Rio de Janeiro preserves the Guarani language

When visiting a tribe in Maricá, a town 60 km (37 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro, it´s possible to find out indigenous people trying to maintain their culture, their language and their tradition. In the Tekoa Ka’guy Ovy Porã village, Mbya Guarani is taught at school, along with Portuguese.


Members of the indigenous community in Karelia

Indigenous radio is ‘backbone’ of our communities

Broadcasting in indigenous languages connects these communities to culture and at times provides important information that can save people’s lives.

That’s the opinion of Rhianna Patrick, a journalist from the Torres Strait Islands, located in the western Pacific.

On World Radio Day this Sunday, 13 February, she calls for more funding for Indigenous broadcasting.

But first, Ms. Patrick explains to Julia Dean from the UN Country Team in Australia why radio is such a good way of communicating with Indigenous communities.


A girl of a local community of the Kalimantan forest in Indonesia dances in a traditional costume

Interwoven ecosystems

An especially staunch proponent of a particular ideology is sometimes termed ‘dyed-in-the-wool’, implying that they are steadfast in their beliefs, and that their support will not wane regardless of the pressures they face. It is therefore particularly fitting that the cultivation of natural dyes for use in traditional weaving is being used as a means of forest conservation in Kalimantan, Indonesia’s territory on the island of Borneo.

portrait of Kamala Thapa

Put indigenous women and our communities at the centre of climate action

"From the high mountains to the plains, indigenous communities across Nepal have been living sustainably for generations. Living in harmony with nature is linked to our indigenous cultural and spiritual values, as well as our collective decision-making. We have long used our traditional knowledge and customary institutions to maintain the biodiversity of Nepal’s forests, grasslands and marine environments."

Close-up of three women

The female guardians of Venezuela’s Imataca Forest Reserve

The FAO-GEF project, which also aims to increase gender equality in the forestry sector, has continued this change in thinking, supporting the Kariña women in actively leading the development of their territories and the conservation of the area’s biodiversity.