The CCMIN was established by Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact together with its partner organisations as a channel for information dissemination and exchange at the local, national and regional levels on climate change issues relating to indigenous peoples. Through this monitoring and information network, AIPP hopes to facilitate greater sharing and access to information, and to contribute to awareness-raising and drawing of attention to the particular issues of indigenous peoples and climate change. This partnership endeavor pays special attention to Reducing Emission from De-forestation and Degradation (REDD) and Climate Change Adaptatioin.
AIPP PRESS STATEMENT: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RAISE CONCERN OVER INDIA’S POSITION ON WORLD BANK SAFEGUARDS
April 13, 2015
The adivasi and tribal peoples in India, together with indigenous organizations and support groups are alarmed by the position of the government of India regarding the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework particularly ESS7 on indigenous peoples stating in particular that:
We (government of India) are not comfortable with this provision. Domestic laws of acquisition and protection of such communities already provide for adequate safeguards including consent before acquisition can take place in certain cases. The Bank thus needs to rely on such domestic laws/guidelines where the domestic laws rules etc. take care of such issues.
The proposed clauses like free, prior and informed consent (replacing consultation process) can lead to legal complications, delays, increase in costs and delay in project execution. Management has not been able to explain how the new framework is simple; less onerous and burdensome on the borrowers, compared to the present safeguards policy.
The Indigenous Navigator provides a framework and a set of tools for indigenous peoples to systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights.
The Indigenous Navigator monitors:
- The implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
- The outcomes of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
- Essential aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The clear-cutting of forests is thought to have played a role in Malaysia's worst flooding in decades.
Jarni Blakkarly | 02 Apr 2015
Kuala Wok, Malaysia - High up in the remote mountain jungles of Malaysia's eastern state of Kelantan, massive deforestation and the country's worst flood in decades have left indigenous tribes reeling.
In the village of Kuala Wok, the Temiar people's Sewang ceremony is held to worship and seek guidance from the spirits and nature, and forms an important part of their religion and culture.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MAJOR GROUP POLICY BRIEF ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: A WORKING DRAFT
Learning from the Millennium Development Goals and leaving no one behind
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Post-2015 Development Agenda aspire to “leave no one behind.” The Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG), however, notes with concern that many references to “indigenous peoples” were deleted in the final Outcome Document of the Open-ended Working Group on the SDGs (OWG) to be considered for adoption by the UN General Assembly. The near “invisibility” of indigenous peoples in the current draft of the SDGs poses a serious risk of repeating their negative experiences with national development processes and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as further marginalization in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. With the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, the new SDGs could present a unique opportunity to not only the remedy shortcomings of the MDG process, but also historic injustices resulting from racism, discrimination, and inequalities long suffered by indigenous peoples around the world.
ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT (AIPP) SUBMISSION TO THE SUBSIDIARY BODY FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE (SBSTA), MARCH 25, 2015
Indigenous peoples’ territories are home to the world’s remaining forests and these comprise 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. More than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia depend on forests and other natural resources for their subsistence, livelihoods, cultural practices and overall wellbeing. The indigenous peoples live in remote areas, which are geographically vulnerable to disasters, thereby increasing the risk that they face. The high level of risk to disasters is further compounded by the indigenous peoples’ lack of access to basic facilities and infrastructures, their economic marginalization and social discrimination, and further imposition and incursion of development projects. Projects being implemented in indigenous territories include large-scale mining, dams, mono-crop plantations, commercial agriculture and logging, among others. As a result, the natural buffers against storms, flooding, coastal and soil erosion, strong waves and other forms of disaster are severely being destroyed, further exposing indigenous peoples to face the brunt of such disasters. Furthermore, these projects deal adverse socio-cultural and economic impacts on the indigenous peoples.
Statement by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) in the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
March 17, 2015, Sendai, Japan
Dear Mr. President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I speak here on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group, which represents 370 million indigenous peoples who live in 90 countries around the world. Indigenous peoples' territories span across over 24% of the earth's surface and they manage 80% of the world's biodiversity. At the same time, we are 5% of the total global population and 15% of the world's poorest and the number has not changed much since the inception of Millennium Development Goals in 2000. We continue to be overrepresented among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Indigenous Peoples are often dispossessed and removed from their traditional lands and territories and deprived of their resources for survival, further weakening their capacity to deal with hazards, both natural and man-made.
UPSCALE THE RECOGNITION OF LAND RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AS KEY TO FOREST-BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
For Immediate Release
21 March 2015
Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and they coincide with areas that hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. This is the result of indigenous peoples’ historical stewardship and practice of low carbon and sustainable management of forests as their territory. However, the legal recognition of indigenous peoples as distinct from the majority of the population, and the entitlement to collective rights to their lands, territories and resources under international human rights standards continue to be denied by many states. Massive logging, expansion of palm oil plantations and wide-scale mono cropping, conversion of forestlands to commercial and destructive projects still prevail. These are taking place inspite of the serious problem of global carbon emission (around 20% of the total) arising from the deforestation and forest degradation, which are major causes of climate change.
World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations
18 March 2015, SENDAI – Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.
Conference President, Ms. Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State for Disaster Management, announced agreement on the text, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 – the new international framework for disaster risk reduction, following a marathon final round of negotiations which went on for over 30 hours.
Thousands march to New Delhi to protest proposed law change that would allow mass land evictions.
Saif Khalid | 11 Mar 2015 12:35
It took eight days of walking for 80-year-old Dhanmatya Mumat to reach New Delhi.
Like thousands of other farmers from rural India, Mumat - from the state of Bihar - made the 1,000km-long trip to the Indian capital to protest proposed changes to a little known land law that he said would destroy his life.