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THE POINT OF DEVELOPMENT: Shrinking Spaces for the Lumad vis-a-vis Corporate Plantations

by Rosario Bella Guzman The book describes the activities and processes in the establishment of corporate plantations in Mindanao—with focus on Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Agusan del Sur, and Agusan del Norte—and documents the violations of the UNDRIP principles in the process of establishing corporate plantations. It also documents the impact of corporate plantations on existing socio-economic, political and cultural structures and practices of the Lumad communities, and explains the impact of corporate plantations on Lumad access to land and resource, livelihood and decent incomes. Authored by Rosario Bella Guzman, the book generally details on the impact of the renewed proliferation of corporate plantations in Mindanao on the rights of the Lumad.

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Higaonons of Patpat fight to reclaim their ancestral domain

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The preservation of ancestral domains and the respect towards the indigenous peoples’ priority rights over protected areas

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A history of injustice, a series of attacks on human rights

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CADT’s power over native title

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