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Indigenous Peoples Call for Climate Action Amidst Global Pandemic

Indigenous Peoples are concerned by the fact that vital climate negotiations for the planet’s survival have been postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. While this may suit some governments, who are unwilling to do what it takes to make the Paris Agreement work, Indigenous Peoples are trying to build momentum in this stalemate period. …

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Advancing the respect and recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKAPA)

Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) and Mapping Community-based monitoring and information system (CBMIS) is not a new practice in global movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. For indigenous communities, it refers to any approaches and tools they have been implementing to manage and document their lands, territories and resources. One common CBMIS practice in …

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Indigenous Peoples’ Good Practices in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Case studies of indigenous Karen community of Hak-kia village in Northern Thailand and Taloctoc tribe in Northern Philippines.

In varying degrees, climate change is defnitely and irreversibly affecting ways of life and survival of people globally that it is a major focus and concern in international, regional and national conversations and dialogues in terms of policies and strategies. Central to the discourse is the role of indigenous peoples with their sustainable practices and …

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Asia Report on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples for COP21

This report is a summary of national reports of indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia and the results of the regional preparatory meeting of Asia indigenous peoples for the 21st session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21). This regional preparatory meeting which was organised by Asia Indigenous …

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Indigenous Peoples’ effective engagement in REDD+ processes in Philippines and Cambodia

Several governments in Asia are in the process of implementing REDD+ (Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and forest Degradation) preparatory stage. This is part of the International Agreement to reduce carbon emission under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With the serious implications of REDD+ to millions of indigenous peoples in Asia, indigenous communities …

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Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

It is estimated that there are 350-400 million indigenous peoples in the world; two-thirds of them live in Asia. However, it is difficult to give an accurate total number of the population of indigenous peoples because many are not recognized and reflected in national censuses in Asia. Indigenous peoples are some of the most impoverished, …

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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 …

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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, …

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

In December, 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 …

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REDD+, Rights and Indigenous Peoples: Lessons from REDD+ Initiatives in Asia

The idea of including ‘reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries’ in the global climate change negotiations was first presented by the Coalition for Rainforest Nations in 2005, at the UNFCCC’s 11th Conference of the Parties in Montreal, Canada. Five years later, in 2010, REDD was part of the agreements reached at the 16th COP …

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