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.

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

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

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. 

Shifting Cultivation: The cultural heritage of indigenous communities and the source of livelihoods and food security for many indigenous peoples in Asia

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Indigenous peoples traditional land use systems, particularly shifting cultivation in most of the countries in Asia have long been contributing to the sustainable livelihoods; food security; sustainable natural resources management; and biodiversity conservation and enhancement. The traditional knowledge, cultural, spiritual and nutritional values attached to these livelihood systems demonstrate that they are not merely a technique of land use but their way of life. Most of the countries in Asia have adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that guarantees the rights of indigenous peoples to continue their traditional land use systems.

The Second Regional Indigenous Adaptation Learning Highway

From 25th to 27th August 2014, the second “Regional Adaptation Learning Highway” (ALH) was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Partner of Community Organisations in Sabah (PACOS Trust) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. 60 participants (32 women and 28 men) from 9 different countries (i.e. Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and North-east India, and Germany) took part in the exchange learning visit, including representatives of various different indigenous groups, government delegates (2 government officials from Malaysia, 1 one from Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, respectively) as well as representatives of the academe (2 researchers from the University ...

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.