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.”

Strategy Protected Area Paper: The Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10)

Introduction Biodiversity is the earth’s life support system. It forms Indigenous and Local communities’ (ILCs) livelihoods and spiritual being and hence it is our life. Protected areas (PAs) are a key tool for the conservation of biodiversity and hence the need to protect their integrity. Protected areas currently covers 12% of the earth’s land surface and in Sub-Saharan Africa national parks and game reserves over a million km2 (1000 000 km2). Most of these areas have been resided by ILCs over millennia. To this end ILCs are and have been custodians of natural resources in and around these PAs. This ...

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY OF INLAND WATERS ECOSYSTEM

BRIEFING PAPER BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY OF INLAND WATERS ECOSYSTEM By Edna Kaptoyo “Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you” African Quote Background The CBD entered into force on 29 December 1993. There are currently 193 parties to the Convention, which aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The COP is the governing body of the Convention. It is assisted by SBSTTA, which is mandated, under CBD Article 25, to provide ...

REDD+ And Indigenous People! A Briefing Paper For Policy Makers.

What is REDD+? REDD+ is a set of policy proposals on climate change mitigation currently being negotiated in the UNFCCC. It stands for: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The Plus refers to: • Conservation of forests • Enhancement of carbon stocks • Sustainable management of forests REDD is about providing positive incentives for countries to stop their deforestation and forest degradation, thereby contributing to mitigation. To compensate for opportunity loss and other costs as a result of this proposal, Annex I countries shall undertake financial transfers to developing countries. Download : English, Vietnamese

Briefing Paper – Indigenous Peoples And Climate Change

Indigenous peoples depend on natural resources for their livelihood and they often inhabit diverse but fragile ecosystems. At the same time indigenous peoples are among the world’s most marginalized, impoverished and vulnerable peoples. While having hardly contributed anything to the cause of global warming, they are among the most heavily affected. However, they have minimal access to resources to cope with the changes. For many indigenous peoples, climate change is already a reality. Melting ice sheets in the Arctic makes hunting sea mammals and fishing difficult and risky, erratic rainfalls reduce productivity of fields and pastures, storms and floods destroy ...

Community Training on Climate Change, REDD and Case Study

Twenty indigenous participants from Khasur Village (demonstration area of NEFIN-Climate Change and REDD Partnership Program) and its neighboring villages successfully participated in the community training on “Climate Change, REDD and Case Study”. The training was held from 28-30 September 2010 in Khasur Village of Lamjung district. The trainers were Mr. Pasang Sherpa (Researcher), Mr. Gelu Sherpa, Mr. Tshering Yudin Sherpa (Women Researcher), Mr. Khem Jung Gurung (Chairperson of NEFIN-DCC, Lamjung) and Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa (CCMIN Officer). The training was organized by NEFIN’s Climate Change and REDD Partnership Program in coordination with NEFIN’s District Coordination Council (DCC), Lamjung. The first ...

NEFIN Selects Khasur as Demonstration Area

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) in partnership with TEBTEBBA has selected Khasur Village of Lamjung district as a REDD demonstration area under the partnership project “Ensuring Rights Protection, Enhancing Effective Participation Of and Securing Fair Benefits of Indigenous Peoples in REDD-Plus Policies and Programmes”. The case study on “Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Forest and Natural Resource Management” will be conducted in the demonstration area. NEFIN-Climate Change and REDD Partnership Program in coordination with District Coordination Council (DCC) of Lamjung organized an interaction programme on Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples’ on 1 Sept. 2010. A team including Hon. Shanta Chaudhary ...

NEFIN’s DCC interaction program with NORAD’s advisers

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)-Climate Change and REDD Partnership Program in coordination with NEFIN’s-District Coordination Council (DCC), Lamjung organized an interaction program with Lief B. Sauvik-Senior Adviser of NORAD’s Civil Society Department and Elisabeth Forseth-Adviser of NORAD’s Civil Society Department. The interaction program took place at Hotel Tukuche, Beshi-sahar, Lamjung on 11 Sept. 2010. The program started with the welcome speech from NEFIN-DCC Chairperson-Mr. Khem Jung Gurung. In the speech he acknowledged the presence of NEFIN’s Chairperson-Mr. Raj Kumar Lekhy and expressed his deep gratitude towards NORAD’s interest and support for indigenous issues. The welcome speech was followed by ...

Community Level Training on Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) in coordination with District Coordination Councils of Kailali and Kanchanpur successfully conducted a community training on “Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples” at Hotel Sathi, Dhangadi, Kailali, Nepal. Indigenous peoples including students, women, journalist, youths and indigenous leaders from Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur and Kailali districts attended the training from May 31 to June 2, 2010. Mr. Gothu Ram Chaudhary Chairperson of Shree Tara Nagar Community Forest in the Kailali was also invited to participate in the training. Despite the new topics of climate change and REDD; participants actively participated throughout the training. The total number of ...

National ToT on Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples at Nagarkot, Nepal

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)successfully organized a three day national training of trainer on “Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples” at Hotel Chautari, Nagarkot, Nepal. The training started on 17th May, 2010 where fifty participants including Indigenous leaders, journalists, students and women participated actively. Since the concept of climate change and REDD was new to the participants; they were very eager to know more on climate change and REDD in relation to Indigenous Peoples. The first day began with the welcome speech from Mr. Nima Lama followed by the overview of the training of trainer from Ms. Pasang Dolma ...

Fifth Regional Workshop of the Collaborative Management Learning Network

Fifth Regional Workshop of the Collaborative Management Learning Network (CMNL), Phase 2 Adaptive Co-management of Protected Areas with Indigenous Peoples in South-East Asia —  Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, 17-20th November 2009 —  ENSURING EFFECTIVE AND MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS  The Co-Management Learning Network in South-East Asia (CMNL)  Phase 1 was initiated in 2005. The focus of the network was to strengthen the capacities of key actors in a number of protected areas (PA) sites in South East Asia.  The initiative spans seven countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and in each ...