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SOURCE: WRI

On behalf of our thirteen member Steering Group, World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative are pleased to launch LandMark: The Global Platform of Indigenous and Community Lands on November 10th in Washington, DC.

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About LandMark

LandMark is the world’s first interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are collectively held and used by indigenous peoples and local communities.

The platform provides information at the community and national level that allows users to compare the land tenure situation within and across countries. The launch event will explore key trends in indigenous and community lands at the global level and demonstrate how the platform can be used to raise awareness, engage audiences and help indigenous peoples and communities protect their land rights.

Agenda

9:30 a.m.
Welcome
Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC

9:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Andy White, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Washington DC
Samuel Nguiffo, Secretary General, Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED), Cameroon

9:45 a.m.
Keynote Address
Liz Alden Wily, Independent Land Tenure Specialist, Kenya

9:55 a.m.
LandMark Demonstration and Q&A
Katie Reytar, Research Associate, WRI, Washington DC
Fabrice Dubertret, Ph.D. candidate, World Atlas of Indigenous Peoples Territories (WAIPT), France

10:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Alda Salomão, Director General, Centro Terra Viva-Estudos e Advocacia Ambiental (CTV), Mozambique
Barun Mitra, Director, Liberty Institute, India
Brian Keane, Advisor for Indigenous Peoples Issues, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington DC
Moderator: Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, WRI, Washington DC

10:55 a.m.
Event Conclusion and Vote of Thanks
Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, WRI, Washington DC

International LandMark launches will also take place:

  • November 10, 2015 in Lima, Peru
  • November 11, 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia

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SOURCE: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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NEW YORK (25 September 2015) – A preeminent expert body of the United Nations on indigenous peoples, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly today.

The transformative Agenda lays out the global goals for reducing poverty, in all its dimensions, over the next decade and a half. “From the least developed countries to the most developed countries, the inequalities faced by indigenous peoples are staggering”, says Professor Megan Davis, Chairperson of the Permanent Forum.

There are six specific references to indigenous peoples in the Agenda. “These constitute a step up from the Millennium Development Goals, which had no references to indigenous peoples”, points out Permanent Forum member Joan Carling.

Yet “States and the UN system must be ambitious, and go beyond the points mentioned in this text to bring indigenous peoples into the achievement of goals and targets – for the 2030 Agenda to be truly inclusive”, she continued.

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a framework for the rights and development priorities of indigenous peoples.

In particular, “indigenous peoples’ rights to their traditional lands, territories and resources have to be secured as the fundamental basis for their economic development and foundation of their lives, livelihoods and cultures”, states the Chairperson, Professor Davis.

Indigenous peoples have much to teach the world about living sustainably: “Let us learn from the extensive knowledge systems of indigenous peoples, developed over many centuries, as we move forward to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda to combat climate change, to sustainably manage forests and to halt biodiversity loss”, continues Professor Davis.

It is also important to keep track of progress in meeting the goals and targets for indigenous peoples through the development of culturally relevant indicators and disaggregation of data.

The Agenda states that the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental bodies and forums will support the thematic review of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (paragraph 85).

“In this regard, the Permanent Forum will have an important role to play in achieving progress of the goals and targets of the Agenda for indigenous peoples”, notes Ms. Carling.

“Indigenous peoples look forward to being part of this exciting journey, so it can truly transform our world and bring peace and prosperity for all.  This is a priority task to which the Permanent Forum remains committed”, says Professor Davis, Chairperson of the Forum.

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SOURCE: AIPP

An AIPP side event on IUCN’s 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum, 10-12 August 2015

13 August 2015. Bangkok, Thailand. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) hosted a side event on “Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management: Contributions of and Challenges Faced by Indigenous Peoples” in a 3-day Asia Regional Conservation Forum organized by IUCN in Bangkok, Thailand.

The event started with the screening of the AIPP video “When Will We Go Home” on the forced eviction of 16 Karen families from Kangrachen National Park which took place in 2013. Mr Prawit Nikorn-uachai, a Karen leader, expounded on this issue and made an appeal to the Thai government to be more considerate of the indigenous communities living inside these forests that have been turned into national parks and conservation sites. “ We are not the destroyers of the forest. We have nurtured our natural environment through our ‘use and conserve’ practice which is part of our simple lifestyle and culture. The forest we manage, including our practice of shifting cultivation that provides us food security, are better conserved and enriched with biodiversity” said Mr. Prawit Nikorn-uachai.

Ms. Joan Carling, AIPP Secretary General, cited the continuing challenges in countries like India, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia where government initiatives such as mining, agro-industries, and other destructive projects are causing wide-scale adverse impacts on indigenous peoples’ sustainable resource management systems that are intrinsically linked to their right over their lands and resources. Ms. Carling said that most governments in Asia have policies prohibiting or restricting the practice of traditional livelihoods of indigenous peoples including shifting cultivation, and are not recognizing the right of indigenous peoples to their land and resources, despite their evidence-based contributions to the effective conservation of their natural environment.

Mr Godofredo Villapando, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment shared their work in supporting indigenous communities through ancestral land demarcation for legal recognition, protection and management of watershed which should entitle indigenous communities to benefit-sharing, and other projects supporting indigenous peoples’ resource management systems.

Some of the best practices cited included the cooperation among some local governments and agencies and the Inter Mountain People Education and Culture of Thailand (IMPECT) in community land mapping.

The interactive session after the panel presentation focused on remarks made by participants on their observations to the worsening condition of indigenous peoples; on the replication of good practices in other countries, as in the case of the benefit sharing models in the Philippines; and on community land mapping for legal recognition among others. Some of them also expressed their interest in collaborating with AIPP on indigenous peoples’ issues. Ms. Carling called for genuine partnership with conservation organizations based on the full recognition, acknowledgement and enhancement of the roles and contributions of indigenous peoples in conserving mother earth through their sustainable resource management systems.

The participants included Thai Government officials from the Water Resource Management and the Secretary of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Agriculture. AIPP publications for distribution were well received, especially Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security which is a recent joint publication with UNFAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization).

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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) organized a session “Indigenous peoples landscape approaches to forest conservation: Good practices and challenges for food security and livelihoods” in Global Landscape Forum during COP20 on 6 Dec. 2014. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of AIPP facilitated panel comprised of representatives of CHIRAPAQ, PINGO-Forum, POINT, FAO and RFN Norway.

 The panelists shared misconceptions, negative myths, realities, challenges and recommendations on shifting cultivation and pastoralism. The sharing bolstered the findings of AIPP research, which confirmed that shifting cultivation is ecologically sound and not a driver of deforestation. It plays an important role in providing livelihood and food security in many indigenous communities.

Contributor: Lakpa Nuri Sherpa

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Source: Yale Environment 360

The villagers of Setulang in Indonesian Borneo have enlisted a new ally in their fight against the illegal clearing of their forests for oil palm plantations: aerial drones.

Setulang lies within a forest conservation area managed by the indigenous Dayak people, who have fostered a thriving tourism industry based on the rainforest’s rich biodiversity and their own cultural heritage. After successfully ousting an oil palm company operating illegally in their territory, the Dayaks are now hoping the drones can help them protect their land.

Dayaks and Drones,” a video produced by Handcrafted Films, chronicles how the villagers teamed up with an Indonesian nonprofit to learn how to program and operate drones. Equipped with GPS technology, the small drones photograph the forest and monitor the area for illegal activities, especially plantations and mines. The villagers will use information gathered by the drones to create a detailed map of their land, which will help in future conservation efforts.

“The international community must help Indonesia accelerate the recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples,” Abdon Nababan, an Indonesian indigenous rights leader (AMAN), tells the filmmakers. “

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Source: Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

A new statement provided to the World Bank highlights the serious concerns indigenous peoples have regarding the World Bank’s proposed (leaked) new standards for projects impacting on indigenous peoples, and specifically a shocking new ‘opt-out’ clause.

World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

(Bangkok, London, Tuesday 29 July 2014)

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to disregard their existing obligations to indigenous peoples.

When the Bank announced it would be revising these standards (previously contained in an ad hoc set of eight separate policies) Bank management committed to ‘no dilution’ of existing standards. This commitment has been repeated often over the past three years.

However, proposing that governments can ignore international standards on protection of indigenous peoples, and ignore the human rights that underpin those protections, is with out doubt a significant and serious watering down of existing standards.

Joan Carling, Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact,  noted “it is with deep disappointment and frustration that the World Bank chooses to further discriminate and marginalize indigenous peoples, instead of rectifying its bad legacy with indigenous peoples. Even with the inclusion of the provision for the free prior and informed consent, or FPIC, of indigenous peoples, this is meaningless with the ‘opt-out option’ for borrowers, of which many Asian governments would do as they refuse to legally recognize indigenous peoples in their respective countries.  The legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples over their lands, territories and resources is not also fully supported, which is a critical element for the protection of indigenous peoples in any development intervention.”

A dangerous aspect of the Bank’s proposal is the precedent it could set for other multilateral finance institutions. The Bank has historically been a leader in developing progressively stronger environmental and social protections, but this latest draft undermines that reputation significantly.

Joji Cariño, Director of the Forest Peoples Programme, commented “Indigenous peoples’ recommendations on the need to strengthen World Bank standards and bring them into line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples have fallen on deaf ears. World Bank pledges on ‘no-dilution’ of existing policies are being broken with this proposed opt-out, despite advances made in other substantive areas of the new proposals.”

The real threat if the proposed policies are adopted is the practical and immediate impact that these retrograde standards could have for indigenous peoples living in countries where governments routinely deny them their rights. For many indigenous peoples in Africa and elsewhere, national and regional law is just now beginning to recognise and protect their lands and their livelihoods by applying the laws developed over decades of advocacy.

Indigenous peoples are mobilizing worldwide to demand that the World Bank withdraw the offensive policy proposals. They are calling on the Bank to ensure that the policy revision results in standards that are fully in line with international norms and obligations on the rights of indigenous peoples. At the same time, they are pressing the World Bank President to uphold his promise to prevent any dilution of existing standards.

A statement of concern detailing recommendations for action by the World Bank’s Executive Board has been presented to the World Bank today (July 29, 2014) and endorsed by 84 indigenous peoples’ organizations and institutions, 59 support groups and 20 individuals.”

For further information on these proposed safeguard standards for indigenous peoples please contact:

Joan Carling, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, joan@aippnet.org

Robie Halip, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, robie@aippnet.org

Helen Tugendhat, Forest Peoples Programme, helen@forestpeoples.org

Press and media enquiries:

James Harvey, Communications Manager, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)

Email: james@forestpeoples.org

Contact number: +44(0)1608 652893

Aung Kyaw Soe, Communications and Development Programme Coordinator, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

Email: khunaung@aippnet.org

Contact number: +66 53 380 168

Additional information:

Forest Peoples Programme’s dedicated World Bank Safeguards page:

http://www.forestpeoples.org/tags/update-and-consolidation-world-bank-safeguard-policies-2012-14

AIPP Briefing Paper, “Development for Whom”: http://www.aippnet.org/index.php/publication-sp-2697/human-rights/1418-briefing-paper-development-for-whom

AIPP Submissions to the World Bank:

 

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The ILC Asia regional facilitator participated in this regional consultation organized by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) in Bangkok on 9-10 June. The meeting brought together key actors and experts from across the region to discuss and validate key issues and entry points on women’s access to land and property from an access to justice perspective, including to draft a common framework for future programming and action.

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UNDP-ERPAN (2)

The ILC Secretariat had been involved in the preparation of the event, mainly by providing inputs on topics and potential participants from our network. ILC members intervened on a range of topics from Privatization and Enclosure of the Commons – CIFOR/SAINS (Indonesia), Statutory Laws and implementation – Landesa (India/Global) and Huairou Commission (Global), Corruption and Elite Capture – ALRD (Bangladesh), Indigenous Women – AIPP (Asia regional), and Common Property and Pastoral Land – MARAG (India).

Contact: Erpan Faryadi (e.faryadi@landcoalition.info)

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