Local communities

A new publication will be released in the Siemenpuu Foundation publication series in 2014. The publication will be themed 'Indigenous peoples and local communities - discovering expressive means to establish one's rights'. The format of the publication will be a collection of stories.

The collecting of the stories will focus in the life of communities today. Particular emphasis will be placed on the consolidation of traditional concepts of justice with international community rights. Another theme in the publication will be the strengthening or building of community identity through (political) organisation. Furthermore, a particular interest will be placed on stories stemming from victorious movements and struggles.

The stories will be collected directly from communities, and they may vary greatly in form. The planning of the publication and the story-collecting process will begin in early 2014. The development of the process and the creation of stories can be followed on this website. A selection of the stories will be printed as a book, while some will be accessible online on the Siemenpuu Foundation website.

During 2015, a theatrical play will be dramatised based on the stories.

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On the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2017, Siemenpuu Foundation and around 200 other civil society organizations around the world called on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO to revise its forest definition, which has been in use since 1948.


PETER KITELO comes from Kenya. His community lives in Mt. Elgon forest, about 3000 metres from the sea level. The forest is indigenous mountainous forest that transforms into  moorland when reaching the top.

On how change (can) happens


[Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö and Ruby van der Wekken] After Nepal (see Ruby's previous blog), the journey with South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED) continued on 15-20 November in India. Also in India, the need for Ecological Democracy and the approach of SADED is clear. Also in India the negative trends of climate destabilisation, loss of biological diversity and increasingly authoritarian regimes continue despite the widely shared desire to prevent environmental crisis and to live in democratic societies.

48 hours and the perils of development in breathtaking Nepal


[Ruby van der Wekken] From 13th to 15th November I had the pleasure of spending 48 hours with Siemenpuu partner South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy in Nepal (SADED-Nepal), before heading on to India for a visit with its older sister organisation, SADED India.

On Mali


[Ruby van der Wekken]  In the North, which hosts under its desert soil yet unexplored quantities of uranium and oil, two Touareg groups - the influential Ifoghass minority and the Imghoud majority - have seen for a long time a series of disputes due to the existing socio economic inequalities (between the groups, between the North and South of Mali, resulting from Mali’s peoples marginalisation at large from a global perspective), and rebellions have happened for decades.