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Custodianship for the Common Good: Restoring Traditional Concepts of Rights and Responsibilities

Inclusive international law and governance and a shared ethical framework are needed to sustain both people and the planet. WORDS AND IMAGES Nigel Crawhall  “The forest is our school, and our ancestors are our teachers.” — Papa Nze, Baka Elder, Zangaville, Gabon   . Global assessments such as the one produced in 2019 by the

When Home Becomes a Protected Area: The Udege People and the Bikin River Valley in the Russian Far East

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WORDS Aleksandra Bocharnikova IMAGES Aleksandra Bocharnikova, Tatjana Bocharnikova, and Alexei Kudryavtcev The Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Russia’s Pacific Far East. This territory contains one of the largest unmodified temperate forests in the Northern hemisphere. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that its protected areas are “considered to contain the

Creating Spaces for Indigenous Voices: Q&A with Nigel Crawhall of UNESCO

Since Terralingua’s founding in 1996, our mission has been to promote the understanding and appreciation of biocultural diversity (diversity in nature, culture, and language), and to serve as a platform for amplifying Indigenous voices. Over the years, we’ve been privileged to form productive working relationships with likeminded colleagues, including Nigel Crawhall—sociolinguist and Chief of Section,

Like Growing Flowers: The Work of Saving Endangered Languages

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by Ajuawak Kapashesit Language endangerment is a growing issue around the globe. Of the less than 7,000 languages spoken today, many are not expected to survive into the next century. Because of this growing threat to our planet’s linguistic diversity  —  something that should be cherished as much as our biological diversity  —  many language

When Home Becomes a Protected Area: The Udege People and the Bikin River Valley in the Russian Far East

Udege

by Aleksandra Bocharnikova The Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Russia’s Pacific Far East. This territory contains one of the largest unmodified temperate forests in the Northern hemisphere. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that its protected areas are “considered to contain the greatest plant and animal diversity on the north-western