Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA)


Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) with the financial support from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) implemented the project “Laying the Foundations for an Indigenous Peoples Partnership on Community Mapping and Monitoring in Asia”. The main outcome of the project is the establishment of the regional network known as “Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA)” in June 2019.

Goal of the IKPA

The goal of the IKPA is to advance the recognition, respect and visibility of Indigenous Knowledge and Community lead initiatives at all levels.

Functions of the IKPA

The matrix below shows the major three functions of the IKPA as well as activities to be implemented to fulfil those functions:





Knowledge is Wealth Not Money

The Law-wer [Lua] community living in the Mae La Noi District of the Maehongsong Province does not measure wealth with money but cotton cultivation and the abundance it provides to the community through the production of cotton fabric woven and dyed with natural pigments.

The community elders hold crucial knowledge of medicinal herbs still used today. For example, in postpartum healing.

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