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 and their leaders have been engaging with government bodies to influence the development of the REDD+ policy and programs and its implementation in order to protect their rights, livelihoods and for equitable benefit-sharing. In this regard, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) conducted two case studies in the Philippines and Cambodia to document the processes and engagement of indigenous communities at local and national levels. These case studies highlight the challenges and achievements of indigenous peoples in their engagements with relevant actors, particularly with their government agencies.
Who are indigenous peoples, and what are their perspectives and contributions to sustainable development? As the world leaders debate on sustainable development goals, indigenous peoples which is 5% of the global population remains invisible, even if they are 15% of the poor people of the world. This 10 minutes animation presents the indigenous peoples and their rights, the impacts of mainstream development to them, and what can we all learn from them in achieving sustainable development for all.
Asia is home to 2/3 of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples. They share a common situation with other indigenous peoples in other parts of the world –they are part of the most marginalized and discriminated. Based on Human Development index (HDI), indigenous peoples are overrepresented among the poor,illiterate, malnourished and stunted. This is largely due to historical injustices committed to indigenous peoples especially by states, and the continuing violation of their collective rights to their lands, territories and resources, the right to self-determination including on development concerns, and to their cultural diversity and dignity as distinct peoples.
Two-day ASEAN Media Dialogue held in Bangkok concluded on Thursday making a regional and country-wise plan for making better networking and giving more visibility to the indigenous peoples in the media.
The dialogue was conducted by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in financial assistance from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The dialogue brought a total 40-media professionals both from IPs and non-IPs, IPs activists, media organizations from 9-different South East Asian nations namely Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philiphines, Malaysia, Timor Liste, and Laos. The media dialogue focused on the emerging issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in ASEAN.
In the advent of 21st century, the South East Asia saw the tremendous advancement of science and technologies, fast-paced growth in industrialization, westernization, tremendous escalation in economy, development and to boast further, the governments in the region are preparing for the economic integration—free trade and movement by 2015.
But the Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia continue to face serious problems like massive violation of their rights to land, territories, and resources, some of which endanger their very survival in this changing environment, say participants sharing their issues and concerns in the first day of 2-day ASEAN media dialogue, held in Bangkok, Thailand. South East Asia is a sub-region of Asia, composed of 11 countries—Brunai, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maynmar, Philiphines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. These countries are united under the regional organization—Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
- AIPP Weekly Updates on Indigenous Peoples' Issues in Asia ( 11 - 20 Oct 2014)
- Indigenous Peoples' effective engagement in REDD+ processes in Philippines and Cambodia
- AIPP Weekly Updates on Indigenous Peoples' Issues in Asia ( 1 Oct - 10 October 2014)
- Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Self-Determination and Development [New animation]
- Indigenous Peoples' Heroes and Martyrs in Asia [New Publication]
- Media dialogue in ASEAN concludes
- Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia have bitter tales to tell