Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Resource Management in Asia: Case Studies from India, Nepal and Vietnam
Across the different case studies, common and general recommendations in relation to the roles and contributions of indigenous women in sustainable forest management can be drawn. Moreover, the research has identified case-specific recommendations for each country.
--It is vital to raise awareness that indigenous peoples’ lives depend on their right to land and access to forests, and that their livelihood practices are environmentally sound and sustainable. In particular, the traditional knowledge and the essential roles of indigenous women in sustainable resource management processes, the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity as well as in the transmission of knowledge and culture need to be widely understood and recognized. Moreover, it is essential to create a broad public understanding that forests are best protected and promoted if communities are given the responsibility for their conservation and regeneration. Initiatives and measures of forest preservation and management by indigenous women should be given greater support.
14 indigenous activists from 13 member organization of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the members of the Regional Capacity Building (RCB) Programme Committee of AIPP came together in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 7-10, April 2015 for the Participatory Learning Review Workshop and the RCB Programme Committee Meeting. In this activity, they discussed the overall achievements of the AIPP’s capacity building activities and identified the needs and gaps for improvement in term of its responsiveness and appropriateness to the needs and priorities of AIPP members and partners in addressing the increasing marginalization, human rights violation and criminalization of indigenous peoples in their respective countries.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has caused more than 8019 deaths and more than 17,866 people injured, as per the country's Emergency Operation Centre on 11 May 2015. The death toll is rising exponentially by the day as the government rescue efforts are reaching slowly to the areas hardest hit by the earthquake.
The United Nations estimates that as many as eight million people have had their lives disrupted by the earthquake, adding that more than 1.4 million people need food assistance, including 750,000 who live near the quake’s epicentre in poor quality housing. Tens of thousands are thought to have been left homeless.
This video explains about the history and achievements of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in the last two decades and highlights major decisions undertaken in the 6th General Assembly in 2012.
Out of 75 districts, 30 districts in Nepal have been affected with the earthquake on 25 April 2015. The hard hit districts are reported to be Lamjung (considered an epicenter of the earthquake), Gorkha, Dhadhing, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap. All of these districts are populated by various indigenous groups.
There has been no verified information received so far on the actual number of casualties and the situation in Lamjung despite of it being the epicenter of the earthquake. Lamjung has a high population of Gurungs.
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