Biodiversity

“A Human Rights-based Approach is Key to Addressing the Global Biodiversity and Climate Crises”:
A Hybrid Side Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives and Actions in the Context of the Paris Agreement and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Under the key theme “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests”, the fifteenth World Forestry Congress, held from 2 to 6 May 2022 in Korea, provided a platform for around 10,000 participants from all over the world to discuss the fundamental role of forests in the global sustainable development agenda. Within the conference …

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A Hybrid Side Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives and Actions in the Context of the Paris Agreement and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
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Recognising the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in global climate action?

On 28 February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a ground-breaking report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability of climate change. The report is conclusive about the increasing and accelerating impacts of climate change on Indigenous Peoples’ territories and livelihoods. However, the IPCC goes a step further. It recognises that this vulnerability is …

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Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) published the “Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity” on 10 December 2021. The training manual has been prepared in response to the requests in decisions X/40, XII/12 and XIII/23 of the Conference of the Parties to facilitate capacity …

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Let’s Go Back Home: Revisiting Indigenous Knowledge

“Ker Say Choo Ler-a Khoh May, Pgakenyaw Choo Leu-Ah Pho Ahlee” “A horse draws its strength from its hooves. But humans draw their strength from their children.” Proverb of Karen Indigenous Peoples “Many young people have to leave their community to study or to work in the city. As a result, they become alienated from …

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UNPFII20: Agenda 4 – Statement for the 20th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Rights-Based Conservation

Agenda Item 4: Implementation of the six mandated areas of the Permanent Forum UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 20th Session April 19-30, 2021 Statement on behalf of the Asia Indigenous People’s Caucus We urge the UNPFII to further advance and accelerate the mobilization of support for strengthening and institutionalization of the rights-based approach to …

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Message from Mr. Gam A. Shimray for the International Day for Biological Diversity May 2020

On this International Day of Biodiversity, from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples in Asia, I would like to share that our life depends on nature, but nature also represents the unknown and a deep mystery so our engagement with the unknown has enabled us to imagine things beyond the physical and also things beyond what …

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Our Lifeways, Our Survival: Indigenous Peoples Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

For indigenous peoples, lands, territories and resources are fundamental to their existence not only because those are the basis for their livelihoods but also are related to their culture, identity, traditional knowledge, customary laws and spiritual belief. This relationship has existed since time immemorial. Because of the interdependent relationship between indigenous peoples and their surround …

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Extractive Industries and Energy Projects and Their Impacts to Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Asia is the largest of the world’s continents, covering approximately 1/3 of the Earth’s land area. It is the world’s most populous continent, with roughly 60% of the world’s total population, and the most demographically diverse. “Asia’s natural resources are among the richest and most diverse in the planet. The region holds 20% of the …

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Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security: New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Indigenous peoples across South and Southeast Asia depend fully and partly on shifting cultivation for their livelihood and food security. 2/3 of the estimated 370 million indigenous peoples are in Asia. These peoples are also known as ethnic minorities, tribal people, hill tribes, Adivasis, Janajati and aboriginal people. Shifting cultivation or rotational/ swidden farming is …

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