List Readers: Sorry for the confusion!
Hinrich was responding on 26 January to an email I had sent to him
personally about the Sacred Forest of the Higa-onon tribe; it read:
Thank you for bringing this particular story to our attention -- and I
have shared it with others. One question that isn't addressed in your
text (unless I have misunderstood), is who will hold title to the land
If the elders are tempted by the current price, but sell to Datu (with
this funding), what ensures that the land continues to be protected when
the next economic crisis hits the area?
(My general comment is that it's important to understand whether the land
is actually being "conserved" for a multi-generational period, or simply
saved for a few years.)
From: Hinrich Paulsen [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:56 AM
Subject: [HERMOSA-list] Re: Saving not only the Sacred Forest of the
Higa-onon tribe in the Philippines
thank you very much for this very important comment.
Yes, it is a challenge to make sure that once the land is sold to Datu
it does not get resold and destroyed. According to plans the sale will
be duly notarized and beneficiary will be the community represented by
(probably) the Tribes and Natures Defenders Inc., a Sustainable Business
Enterprise which aims to preserve the land for future generations.
Datu has agreed to share the legal document publicly and I have
suggested to add a clause regarding the protection of the land
safeguarding against future sales that would deviate from the
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