Globalization: effects on indigenous peoples
Source: International Forum on Globalization (IFG)

The IFG's Indigenous Peoples and Globalization program has completed a map depicting the negative impacts of economic globalization on indigenous peoples (pdf format).

This chart offers a partial list of places where economic globalization is negatively impacting the planet’s indigenous peoples. The map is part of a larger project that also includes a new comprehensive report. More than 5,000 distinct indigenous societies continue to exist today; most are eager to retain their ancestral lands, sovereignty, governance systems and economic, cultural and spiritual practices.

Though some have been impacted for centuries by the global reach of colonizing societies, all now face an ever more aggressive effort by global corporations and bureaucracies seeking access to the resources and lands that native peoples have protected for millennia, and on which they depend. Notable among the impacts are incursions by global corporations to exploit forests, minerals, oil, fish and wildlife, thus affecting the viability of native traditional livelihoods; development of giant infrastuctures like pipelines, dams, waterways, ports, roads bringing environmental damage to native lands; forced displacement of native populations to make way for industrial agriculture, or for transmigration and settlement of new populations; military interdictions; culturally devastating tourism; and bioprospecting by genetic scientists.

Most such projects have been encouraged or financed by institutions like the World Bank, WTO, or development banks and export credit agencies. All seek to separate indigenous peoples from control over their lands and resources, to feed the appetites of global trade and development interests. Efforts by hundreds of indigenous groups to defend themselves against these incursions have been paid little attention by the mass media, NGOs, and most importantly, governments and agencies mandated to protect peoples and resources. The International Forum on Globalization hopes this project may help stimulate new efforts to reverse this negative process.

For additional copies of this map, or of the report, please contact: International Forum on Globalization, Indigenous Peoples’ Project, 1009 General Kennedy Ave #2,
San Francisco, CA 94129. (Tel) 415-561-7650;(fax)415-561-7651;

Thank you to our partners on this project: Amazon Watch, Arctic Peoples Alert, Cultural Conservancy, The European Center for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism,Greenpeace-US, Indigenous Environmental.

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