Promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples, who have usually learned to live in relative harmony with their forest environment. They are rarely accorded rights to their lands or resources. The Venezuelan government in 1991 took an exceptional step when it accorded to the indigenous Yanomami people a very large area of rainforest as permanent homeland. More frequently, governments have forced indigenous peoples to leave the forest and to become settled or semi-urban. Many of these people have simply joined the ranks of the rural or urban poor, and make meager livings by working at low wages for timber, mining or other industries, or by establishing small farms in the forest.

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