Biodiversity

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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Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Forest Management in Mekong Countries

International standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and recent climate change agreements recognize the important role of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge, systems and practices in the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. Yet, indigenous women’s role and contribution to sustainable forest management …

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