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.

Advancing the respect and recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKAPA)

Karen Indigenous Woman of Maeyod village in Northern Thailand, with herbs and vegetables harvested from the rotational agriculture field. Rotational agriculture or shifting cultivation is the cultural heritage of Indigenous Communities and source of livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and enhancement, and food security for millions of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. Indigenous Women are the primary knowledge holders and perform 70% of the work of rotational agriculture. Photo credit: Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, AIPP. Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) and Mapping Community-based monitoring and information system (CBMIS) is not a new practice in global movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. For ...

Open Letter of Appeal by AIPP-IWGIA to the Prime Minister of India, on the Supreme Court Order of 13th February, 2019 on FRA

To, The Office of the Prime MinisterGovernment of IndiaSouth Block, Raisina HillNew Delhi-110011 Dear Honourable Prime Minister, The Supreme Court order of 13th February 2019 in the case challenging the constitutional validity of Forest Rights Act (FRA) directed the State governments to ensure the eviction of all forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers from forest land whose claims under the Act have been rejected on or before 24 July 2019. 1 to 2 million claimants face the threat of eviction. The final countrywide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Good Practices in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Case studies of indigenous Karen community of Hak-kia village in Northern Thailand and Taloctoc tribe in Northern Philippines.

In varying degrees, climate change is defnitely and irreversibly affecting ways of life and survival of people globally that it is a major focus and concern in international, regional and national conversations and dialogues in terms of policies and strategies. Central to the discourse is the role of indigenous peoples with their sustainable practices and traditional knowledge of natural elements, whose identity is intimately linked to land, who have minimal or least contribution to climate change, yet bear its impact and adverse effects. While world leaders, policy makers, conservationists and environmentalists seek new paradigms and programmes to deal with climate ...

A Briefing Paper: Building the Resiliency of Indigenous Communities on Climate Change Adaptation

Resiliency and indigenous peoples have become terms that define each other. Resilience being the ability and capacity to cope and recover from abrupt or unexpected change has been proven and illustrated in various occasions in many parts of the planet by indigenous peoples in varying levels of organisation and capacity. They have shown remarkable confidence and persistence to adjust their systems and practices to changes and circumstances that impact on them, and still manage to maintain their particular and distinct identity. This has always been proven and demonstrated with their adjustment and adaptation to the effects and consequences of climate ...

[AIPP Documentary] Seeds and Indigenous Peoples

Seeds, the beginning and the end of the food growing cycle. Generations of people using generations of seeds. Survival and culture intertwined. This video gives the viewer insight as to the role and importance of seeds for indigenous peoples and the part that their knowledge may play in the years to come as the world faces the inevitable changes of climate change. Watch this documentary on the seeds banking practiced by Indigenous Peoples that provides insight into “What the seed means is not just the food but along with food it becomes part of the life and it is expressed ...

AIPP concludes its Third Regional Adaptation Learning Highway in Nepal

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) organized the knowledge exchange trip ‘Regional Adaptation Learning Highway’ with cooperation from its local partners; NGO-Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NGO-FONIN) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) in Nepal from 13-15 October 2017. The twenty-four representatives of indigenous peoples from Thailand, Philippines and Nepal participated in the knowledge exchange. The exchange also had two non-indigenous government officials of Nepal and Thailand working closely with the indigenous networks on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Indigenous peoples participating in this exchange have been consistently raising the issues of climate change and its effect on the lives, livelihoods ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Addressing Implementation gaps of the Paris Agreement through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Addressing Implementation gaps of the Paris Agreement through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform” on 7 November 2017. The local communities and indigenous peoples’ platform was established by decision 1/CP.21 for the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner. Furthermore, the decision recognizes the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples relating to addressing and ...

AIPP, IWGIA and NEFIN co-organized a side event focusing on “Indigenous peoples rights: Implementation gaps and the IPs platform as a first step”

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Work Group for indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event entitled “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Implementation Gaps and the Indigenous Peoples’ Platform as a First Step” on 10 May in the ongoing climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Ms. Kathrin Wessendorf of International Work Group of Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) co-moderated the side event. Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, Chairperson of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) shared that “Indigenous peoples have wealth of indigenous knowledge relating to weather forecasting; land ...

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. ...