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Adivasi People – celebrating the right to live sustainably on World Environment Day

Partner story

Photo: © Oak Foundation
Photo caption: Adiviasi tribal peoples, Jharkhand, India, December 2016

As it’s World Environment Day, we thought we’d mark it by highlighting the work done by one of our partners!

The Adivasis are the indigenous peoples of India. They have lived sustainably on their land for generations. The 2006 Forest Act has made it possible for indigenous people to legally own and manage the forests, which they do sustainably. Oak supports the Adivasi Peoples in their right to remain on their ancestral lands.

This work falls under Oak’s India Programme, which supports the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources. To this end, We support organisations that help small and marginal farmers to practice organic agriculture as a strategy to adapt to climate change. Find out more here.

We went to Jharkhand in India to meet Sanjay Mullick, director of the Bindrai Institute for Research, Study and Action (BIRSA), who introduced us to the Adivasi People. Watch our video below:

Source: Oak Foundation Annual Report 2017