Our lifeways, Our Survival: Indigenous Peoples Rights to Land, 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 nature, indigenous peoples developed ways of life and customary practices of land and resources uses that are environmental friendly and sustainable. This is already proven by the fact that 80% of the planet’s biodiversity are in the indigenous peoples’ territories. This immense contribution of indigenous peoples to the environment are often neglected; their subsistence way of living are often misunderstood; and their relationship with the land, territories and resources are often overlooked by both governments and other advocates.
The indigenous peoples who are largely concentrated (70%) in Asia region of more than 200 million continue to experience social injustice and discrimination. Their identities and collective rights continue to be denied by states particularly their rights to their lands, territories and resources, cultural heritage and self-determined development. At the same time, indigenous peoples continuing contributions to nature conservation, food security, cultural diversity, conflict resolution among others are not being recognized including the roles and contributions of indigenous women. Due to the historical marginalization and discrimination in all its forms, indigenous peoples have very limited representation and participation in democratic processes including in the media and other communication channels. Further, indigenous peoples have little voice on policies and decisions affecting their lives, which is aggravating and compounding their invisibility in the wider society
In commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples last August 9, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) observed the day in collaboration with the Network of Indigenous Peoples of Thailand (NIPT) at the Chulalongkorn University campus, Bangkok, Thailand. This year, the event marked nine years of the signing of United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management: Contributions of And Challenges Faced by Indigenous Peoples
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.
Organized by the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network,
Supported by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and the International Disability Alliance
We, indigenous persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia and the Pacific, representing national and regional organisations of persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples organisations gathered in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 – 25 June 2015 to share experiences in order to promote the rights and inclusion of indigenous persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
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- Statement by the First Gathering of Indigenous Persons with Disabilities from Asia and the Pacific
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