“Mau forest is our home, we are not encroachers we are forest dwellers, we don’t cut trees we nurture them for our livelihood, we hung our beehives, it’s our sure ‘hospital’ we get herbs, it’s a sacred mother earth to our traditions”
OGIEK Peoples' Development Program (OPDP) is dedicatet to the preservation of the Ogiek culture, the protection of nature and the improvement of socio-economic opportunities by way of building the synergies of the Ogiek youth and women through education.
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Universal Declaration on Human Rights
Translation by Cheruiyot Kiplangat and Leonard Mindore - Dedicated to Ogiek as Indigenous and Tribal People
FOREST PROTECTION: THE MEDIA ROLE
Forest plundering is not a new issue in the Kenya scene. From the colonial period to present day, forests have been excised without notification or due regard to the affected population. Nevertheless, the 90s saw a trend emerge of exposing forest related issues through the media.
Kenya's Castaways: The Ogiek and National Development Processes
The Ogiek, who number around 20,000, are arguably the largest hunter-gatherer community in Kenya. They have identified themselves as an indigenous people, as defined in Article 1(b) of International Labour Organization Convention No. 169,1 and the United Nations (UN) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights have recognized them as such.