Publications

Customary Law in Forest Resources Use and Management – A Case Study among the Dzao and Thai People in North-West Vietnam

Vietnam is home to 53 ethnic minority groups who mostly live in the forested uplands. Numbering over twelve million people, they highly depend on forests for their livelihood and development. But the pressures on these forests are ever increasing, posing a serious threat to the lives and stability of millions of people. Since the early 1990s, Vietnam has attempted to address deforestation by decentralizing forest management. Under the forest land allocation programme long-term use rights over forest land are provided to individual households and communities. However, while the programme has been successful in improving forest conservation, the benefits of the ...

Additional Guidance on REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems

The briefing paper on “Additional Guidance on REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems” prepared for the 36th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice during UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn, 14-25 May 2012 looks into what was agreed in Durban, South Africa and explains why additional guidance would be useful. Further, the paper provides a proposal to inform negotiations in Doha, Qatar. The paper is produced by REDD+ Safeguards Information System Working Group – AIPP is a member of the group.

Divers Paths to Justice – Legal pluralism and the rights of indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia

Marcus Colchester & Sophie Chao (Eds) with Ramy Bulan, Jennifer Corpuz, Amity Doolittle, Devasish Roy, Myrna Safitri, Gam Shimray and Prasert Trakansuphakon   Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests & Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)   26 November, 2011 The forests of Southeast Asia are home to many tens of millions of people whose rights to their lands and forests are only weakly secured in national constitutions and laws. Yet many of them have dwelt in these areas since before the nation states in which they now find themselves ...

[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 ...

Understanding Community-Based REDD+ A Manual for Indigenous Community Trainers

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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. The agreement includes references to indigenous peoples and their rights, and in paragraph 72 of the agreement, country Parties are requested to ensure “the full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders, i nter alia, indigenous peoples and local communities” when developing and implementing their national strategies or action plans on REDD. But what does “full and effective participation” mean? This question is the main motivation for writing ...

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Cultural Rights

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“Culture is essential to indigenous identity. Indigenous cultures are based on the concepts of respect for others, self-humility and mutual support for one another. The dignity of all peoples and maintenance of cultural integrity are the principles that bind communities together and ensure harmonious relationships.” – Excerpts from “Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Perspective on Development” The AIPP info poster titled “UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Cultural Rights” simplifies the rights of indigenous communities in regards to their distinct cultures, including spiritual and religious traditions and customs, languages, writing systems, histories, philosophies and literatures, cultural heritage, traditional knowledge ...

Info Poster on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) on Rights to Land, Territories and Resources

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“The land and territories we are living in is a natural blessing from our creator and a legacy for our future generations. And no matter how good the rehabilitation and resettlement programme is, it will never be able to replace the blessings we have received from our land.” – Mapithel Dam affected Naga villager, Northeast India Indigenous peoples have distinct spiritual relationship with their traditional lands, territories, waters and other resources and they have the right to maintain and strengthen that relationship. This latest AIPP info poster simplifies the related articles of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous ...

Info Poster on ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and Indigenous Peoples

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) is the overarching human rights institution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with the overall responsibility of promoting and protecting human rights in the region. Though the mandate of AICHR is presently limited, it provides certain opportunities for indigenous peoples to engage with AICHR to raise their concerns and issues and there has been some engagement of indigenous peoples with the ASEAN and the AICHR. The AIPP, in this info poster produced with support from FORUM-ASIA, looks into the AICHR, its purposes, mandate and limitations and opportunities for indigenous peoples ...

Info Poster on Indigenous Knowledge

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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Indigenous Knowledge Indigenous Knowledge is the knowledge held collectively by an indigenous community. It is both founded upon generations of experience and wisdom and enriched by more recent experiences, thus giving rise to ingenious innovations. Except for knowledge that are sacred and held by some individuals (e.g. by the Shamans) as custodians of those knowledge, all knowledge are accessible to members of the community. There is no real separation between our knowledge and practice – both are woven into a seamless relationship with our ...

Info Poster on UNDRIP and FPIC

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) FPIC is the right of indigenous peoples to be fully informed and to reject or give their consent based on their own collective decision making process to any project or programmes and law that concerns them. With sufficient time, all important facts must be shared to the community where they can base their decision and agreement by the people is without force or manipulation by outside parties or the state. Click here to see the Poster