Environment Programme

The overall objective of Environment programme is “The collective rights to land, territories and resources of the indigenous peoples in Asia as well as the indigenous knowledge on sustainable natural resource management systems, food sovereignty and livelihoods are protected, respected and recognized at local, national, regional and international levels.

Myanmar: U.S. Embassy in Burma recognizes women environmental leaders in Myanmar

By Mekong Partnership for the Environment Yangon, Myanmar, March 17, 2017 For the inaugural Women of Change Award, the U.S. Embassy in Burma has selected two women who are fighting to ensure communities have a voice in development. Naw Ei Ei Min and Yi Yi Cho are among six women selected to receive this award recognizing outstanding women in Myanmar who have made significant impacts and lasting contributions to their communities. The two women are representatives for Myanmar on the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA, a group of regional civil society and government experts working to improve public participation in infrastructure development. ...

Land Rights Now! : The International Land Coalition’s Asia Regional Assembly marks the beginning of a new phase of action plan for just, equitable and inclusive land rights

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On October 6th 2015, more than 80 representatives from the 40 Asia members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and other land governance advocates gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and developed a regional work plan in implementing the first phase of the ILC 6-year global strategy. This plan puts into action the collaborative implementation of the 10 commitments of ILC on land governance in the context of Asia which include secure land tenure for farmers and local communities, territorial land rights for indigenous peoples, equal land rights for women with 3 key strategies of connect, mobilize and influence. Mr. Mike ...

2015 ILC Asia Regional Assembly and Knowledge Exchange

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People-Centered Land Governance: Pertinent Land Issues in Asia The ILC Asia Regional Assembly is an annual meeting of a growing team of 45 ILC members from 10 different countries that serves as the primary decision-making body for consolidating and approving priorities, initiatives and activities for ILC engagement at the regional, national and local levels. This year, venues for Knowledge Exchange were created for ILC Asia members to discuss on their work on land rights in line with the new ILC strategic framework, 10 PCLG commitments, and key developments on land rights governance in their respective countries. The event will happen on ...

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management: Contributions of And Challenges Faced by Indigenous Peoples

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An AIPP side event on IUCN’s 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum
10-12 August 2015 13 August 2015. Bangkok, Thailand. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) hosted a side event on “Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management: Contributions of and Challenges Faced by Indigenous Peoples” in a 3-day Asia Regional Conservation Forum organized by IUCN in Bangkok, Thailand. The event started with the screening of the AIPP video “When Will We Go Home” on the forced eviction of 16 Karen families from Kangrachen National Park which took place in 2013. Mr Prawit Nikorn-uachai, a Karen leader, expounded on this issue and made an ...

FAO and partners’ joint studies call for indigenous people’s rights for shifting cultivation in harmony with environmental sustainability

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17/6/2015, Bangkok, Thailand. A new publication launched today is calling for better recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to shifting cultivation practices in countries of the Asia-Pacific region in order to ensure indigenous people are food-secure in coming years. FAO, in collaboration with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), has published seven case studies of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Thailand.

Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Climate Change – Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives

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Organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) at the Bonn Climate Change Conference   From L-R: Lakpa Nuri Sherpa Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP); Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Esupat David Songoi, Longido Community Development Organization, Tanzania; and Rodon Sulyandziga, Center for the Support of Indigenous Peoples of North Russia Moderated by Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, AIPP, participants at this event considered the implications of climate change mitigation actions on Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and discussed the importance of human rights language in the Paris agreement in ...

Indigenous leaders and allies call for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples land use systems in forest management

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The panelists of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) session “Indigenous peoples landscape approaches to forest conservation: Good practices and challenges for food security and livelihoods” in the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, Lima reaffirmed the findings of the AIPP research by sharing their experiences from Peru, Brazil, Tanzania and Myanmar. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) facilitated the panel comprised of the representatives of CHIRAPAQ, Peru; PINGO-Forum; Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN). The session was organized on 6 Dec. 2014 ...

COP12 Agrees on the use of “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities” in Decisions and Secondary Documents under the Convention of Biological Diversity

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With the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”,the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) was held from 6th to 17th October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Korea. The meeting aimed at raising international awareness on the essential role of biodiversity and its contribution to sustainable development, as well as at highlighting biodiversity in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS): What Should SIS Deliver For Indigenous Peoples

The COP 19 decision explicitly mentions that parties are required to submit the most recent summary of information on how all the social and environmental safeguards have been addressed and respected in order to be able to access the results-based finance. However, this does not provide clarity on how effectively and to what extent these safeguards will be addressed. It also lacks the information on ways to redress the potential violation of indigenous peoples’ rights resulting from the REDD+ activities.