Synthesis of Recommendations from the AIPP Sub-regional Meetings 2010 – 2011

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) has six sub-regional formations and conducts its sub-regional meetings in between its General Assemblies which meet every four years. The sub-regional meeting is one of the important mechanisms that AIPP in partnership with its members has developed. The mechanism provides the space for direct participation and consultation, and collective reflection on the join implementation of AIPP programmes and project implementation with members and networks. It has helped in ensuring that the programmes and activities of AIPP are relevant and that it continues to address the key priorities of AIPP members and networks in each of the sub-regions.

From 2010 to 2011, the sub-regional meetings of the six sub-regions have been held. The synthesis of the recommendations from the meetings of the sub-regions is provided below.

AIPP since then has been working to implement the recommendations from the sub-regional meetings.


Matters Needing Action


1. Need systematization of documentation, advocacy and mobilization – India, NE India, Bangladesh and South-East Asia

2. Trainings for indigenous lawyers or peoples (who are aware of their customary laws) for legal defense, including paralegals could be initiated under the EU approved project.

  • § the training could start with a regional ToT and should draw on lessons learned from legal cases won such as the positive experiences in Sarawak. The ToT can be held in Sabah combined with experience sharing with participation of lawyers from Sarawak.
  • § support mechanism for those trained should be built-in for them to practice, share experiences, exchange lessons learned and continuity of the initiative from the start.
  • § support for legal research could also be included under the EU project.
  • § Timor Leste can be included as one of the beneficiaries.

3. Beneficiaries from the EU project for supporting HR defenders will be based on clear criteria for which members should give their inputs, including mechanism for disbursing funds for urgent cases.

4. Training on drafting of laws (legal) – Thailand

5. Need for initiating support for peace intervention, mediation and conflict resolution and transformation, particularly in Mindanao, Timor Leste, NE India and Bangladesh.

6. Strengthening capacity building and facilitating advocacy and participation at the regional and international fora – Indonesia, India and NE India

7. Facilitate submission of cases to UN mechanisms – particularly for conflict areas

8. Should facilitate in garnering international pressure for the implementation of UNDRIP in Japan

9. Strengthening relationship of IP organisations with the UN agencies such as ILO, OHCHR, UNDP, UNIFEM, UNFPA, and UNESCO etc. – Mekong and East Asia


1. Strengthening the regional secretariat and secretariat of member organisations from national to local level is a pressing need.

  • § Internship should be revived where member organisations can send their representatives for internship at the Regional Secretariat to build their capacities particularly on regional level issues, organisational management and networking.
  • § Internship and exchange programmes between national or sub-national formations would be a good way of building the capacity of network organisations.
  • § AIPP can help in developing a guide for coordination and networking for national or sub-national network organisations.
  • § Internship for non-IPs to strengthen and impart skills to the Secretariat staff.
  • § Internship for members and networks for 6 months to 1 year on regional coordination and networking.

2. Support for translation of relevant training materials of AIPP – Timor Leste (UNDRIP), Mekong.

3. Expansion of Training on UNDRIP, including ToT – East Asia, India, NE India

4. Expansion of leadership training – India and NE India

5. Training on the Research and Case Study should be included in the capacity building program – Mekong

6. Capacity building for indigenous women at the grassroots level – Mekong and India


1. Popular educational materials, Media skills, exchange and networking

  • § Proposal is being developed in partnership with UNDP and AMARC (Asia Pacific) to promote active community media and to mainstream indigenous issues, including monitoring of mainstream media.
  • § Compilation and sharing of videos, songs and music. Members and networks to provide the same to AIPP with short descriptions.

2. Basic training on use of IT

3. To compile the UNDRIP Info-posters into a comic form on completion of the poster production

4. To give priority attention to issues of language and communication problem with Southern India and Japan


1. There is an increasing need to build capacity for disaster response, preparedness and alarming systems in many IP areas.

  • § Need to conduct studies to identify disaster hotspots and document the knowledge of the communities in dealing with such problems.
  • § Need to explore and put in place culturally appropriately systems to deal with such problems.

2. Support programmes, including funding for adaptation and mitigation programmes for communities should be mobilised.

3. KASAPI will coordinate and provide their expertise for 3D mapping in AIPP project areas under the Climate Change & REDD project.

4. Trainings/awareness raising on REDD and Climate Change – Cambodia


1. The possibility of youth and indigenous development should be looked into. Organisations from this region should develop the proposal within 2011, particularly with the initiative of JOAS and PANAGTAGBO. In this context, the possibility of funding from IFAD should be taken advantage of.

2. Youth programmes can be mainstreamed into the programmes and activities of AIPP which is already the case in the HR programme.

3. Use of and promotion of renewable energy and livelihood support such as community socio-economic development e.g. food preservation and processing and handicrafts, including inter-generational transfer of knowledge transfer of knowledge could be the focus area.

4. The window for IFAD small grant would be open in July/August for which those interested should apply. AIPP is a board member and can assist in finalising the proposal from member organisations and networks.

5. Establishment of a Seed Bank network in Mekong Region


1. Programme committee members should play active role in the formulation and monitoring of programme development and implementation. Existing members should be reviewed from this sub-region.

2. Listserv and Google groups should be set-up between members and networks at the country level and sub-regional level to share information and to coordinate on important matters concerning this region.

3. It is necessary to strengthen the role of the EC in facilitating the interest of the sub-region.

4. Budget for translation will be included for participation in all AIPP meeting for effective participation of members and network representatives.


1. The capacity among IP organisations are still weak in terms of developing proposals this makes it difficult for them to access funding from funding agencies.

2. There is a need to systematize fund-raising efforts of member organizations to be able have better access to funding. AIPP can help in identifying potential donors and in improvising the proposals before submission. In this regard, AIPP will work towards putting in place a systematic mechanism.

3. For middle-income countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, join proposals with AIPP can be submitted, particularly for EU (country office) and other funding sources relating to ASEAN activities.

4. AIPP should provide technical and financial assistance where possible

5. Guideline for selection of networks of AIPP (non-members) for project/programme implementation will be developed since it is necessary for members to know what the benefits are.


1. IPs are listed as one of the major group for the Agenda 21 on sustainable development and MDG. Green Economy is the theme; hence, IPs will be taking active part in this process.

2. To enable active participation of IPs from Asia, the Asia Caucus in the last UNPFII formed a Coordinating Committee comprising of Vicky, Rukka, Joan, Joji and Sui. The following technical papers for this conference have also been identified: mountain biodiversity; small islands; plantations; dams and extractive industries; youth and women.

3. The prep-meeting will be held in April, 2012 back to back with AMAN Congress.


1. The sixth General Assembly will be held in Chiang Mai after 20 August 2012. Important matters on which the members and networks should come prepared for in this meeting are as follows:

  • § Reorganizing the sub-regional clusters.
  • § Full time EC members, smooth transition and their continuity (longer tenure).
  • § New post for Deputy Sec. Gen. to strengthen the management team at the Secretariat.
  • § A review of the selection of EC members (i.e. division by the sub-region) based on clear eligibility guidelines, tasks and obligations, and guidelines of recall/turnover (inactive EC members).
  • § Decentralization of the Secretariat i.e. programme/project coordination, sub-regional coordination and monitoring to strengthen the participation and role of members in programme/project implementation.
  • § Internship for non-IPs to strengthen and impart skills to the Secretariat staff.
  • § Internship for members and networks for 6 months to 1 year on regional coordination and networking.

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