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.”

Partnership Strengthens Voice of Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples on REDD+

Raising awareness and building capacity of land right holders and their organizations for policy advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region continue to be important as countries move ahead with REDD+. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, has joined hands with local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation between indigenous peoples (IP), ethnic minorities, the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable use under United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop brings representative of Governments,Indigenous leaders and local communities leaders from 12 countries to learn together and formed community of like-minded people. The purpose of the capacity building workshop is to strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples, local communities and National Focal Points on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Customary Sustainable Use (CSU)and prepare them as trainers to develop national or local capacity-building workshops, in line with the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the UN decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular the achievements Target 18.

ILC publishes study on indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories, and resources

Author: Birgitte FeiringYear of publication: 2013Country: Global This study assesses the international instruments, mechanisms, UN bodies, and other regional and global initiatives that address concerns relating to indigenous lands, territories, and resources. In addition, it carries out an extensive regional review, showing how the situation of indigenous peoples varies across regions and countries. It also analyses the terms in which indigenous peoples’ issues are posed in core thematic and transversal issues such as women’s land rights, environment, and climate change. The study concludes with an overview of global trends, challenges, and opportunities that pertain to indigenous peoples’ land and territorial ...

Asia Regional Indigenous Adaptation Learning Highway

Representatives of Indigenous Peoples from different ecosystem regimes in seven Asian countries gathered in the Philippines for the first Regional Adaptation Learning Highway (ALH)knowledge exchange meetfrom 25-28 November 2103. The ALH is organized by the AsiaIndigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)as part of promoting traditional knowledge, techniques and innovations in combating the climate change scenario funded by MISEREOR. This ALH knowledge exchange meet is hosted by AIPP country partners Katutubong Samahan ng Pilipinas (KASAPI) and the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID). 

Indigenous Peoples of Asia shared their experiences in REDD+ at Climate Change Talks in Warsaw (COP 19)

Nov. 15 2013, Warsaw, Poland Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) organized a side event “Experiences on REDD+ and Its Implication for Indigenous Peoples in Asia” at the Nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP 19) on 12 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) moderated the side event. The side event was successful in presenting the ground experiences and the lessons learned by indigenous peoples of Nepal, Indonesia and Cambodia to the international communities. The representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society organizations, governments, youth and students attended the side event. 

Unique gathering held on “REDD and Blue” carbon in relation to sustainable resource management

“Taking care of the earth is our collective responsibility.” – Om Eliza Kissya, indigenous leader of Haruku Forty participants from environmental organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and indigenous peoples organizations from Asia gathered in Haruku, Maluku, Indonesia in October 2-5, 2013 for a meeting on REDD+ and Blue Carbon and its environmental, social and political implications, including on indigenous peoples’ rights, rights of local communities and gender.  This meeting was hosted by the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago – Indonesia) and co-organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Swedish Society ...

Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples

This Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples is the third in a series of four manuals after What is REDD?, What to do with REDD?, and Understanding Community-based REDD+. The first two publications (i.e., What is REDD and What to do with REDD?) were focused on raising awareness of indigenous communities for a better understanding of the concept of REDD+, on what the possible impacts and opportunities of REDD+ are, and how to protect their rights in REDD+ processes and mechanisms. The manual on Understanding Community-based REDD+, on the other hand, focused ...

What is REDD? A Guide for Indigenous Communities (3rd Edition)

Global efforts are currently underway to protect and restore forests as part of global initiatives to address and mitigate climate change. These efforts are formally referred to as REDD plus – (REDD+, or Reduced Emissions from Deforestation, forest Degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) and are considered by many as a historic opportunity for forest conservation. Critics point at the complexity of REDD+ and its inherent difficulties, predicting it to fail. Others, however, already consider REDD a “remarkable achievement” since the idea of REDD has been taken “to the point where ...

Climate Change and REDD Partnership Program : Project Completion Report for Phase I (2009/10)

The project has been implemented successfully with local partners in four countries: Indonesia (with Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara – AMAN), Laos (with the Global Association for People and the Environment – GAPE), Nepal (with the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities – NEFIN) and Viet Nam (with the Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas – CSDM). As elaborated further below, the expected objectives and outcomes of the three main components of the project i.e. Awareness raising and capacity building; Advocacy for rights-based approach; and Promotion of community-based REDD partnership have been well achieved. Therefore, the project was also able to ...

[LATEST PUBLICATION] Understanding Community Based-REDD+ A Manual for Indigenous Communities

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Introduction In December 2010, after years of negotiations, an agreement on REDD was finally reached at the 16th Conference of Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico. Indigenous representatives worked hard to get the rights and concerns of indigeno us peoples included in the agreement and they were successful. The references to indigenous peoples and their rights in this agreement are not as strong as they would have liked them to be, but at least they were included. And the agreement also refers of the UNDRIP, even though only in the Annex. If ...