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Briefing Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Women to their Lands, Territories and Resources in Asia

Indigenous women and men in Asia manage and share the same resources and livelihood systems in their lands and territories. Nevertheless, they assume gender specific and distinct roles and responsibilities in natural resource management practices and conservation systems. Women in many indigenous societies in Asia, manage and conserve lands, territories and resources and are responsible for ensuring food for the family and securing nutrition, collecting firewood, wild foods and crops, maintaining seeds and harvests, fetching water and managing agricultural fields. Consequently, they have an intimate and interconnected relationship with nature, lands, territories and the natural resources therein, including the sites of cultural and spiritual significance. Women also nurture and transfer the knowledge and wisdom to the future generations.

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A Briefing Paper on “The Impacts of Land Dispossession on Indigenous Women”

The new briefing paper of AIPP highlights how indigenous women are grappling with the consequences of their resistance against development aggressions such as large-scale rubber and palm oil plantations and mining in their lands. It also reflects their efforts and courage to analyze their situation, articulate this and finding their means to sustain and advance the advocacy of recognition, protection and fulfillment of their rights.

This briefing paper is an outcome of the project “Strengthening the Documentation and Advocacy Capacity of Indigenous Women for Advancement of their Rights and Welfare on Land” implemented in Cambodia, India and Indonesia in 2013-2014.

Indigenous Women in REDD+: Making Their Voice Heard

Women – both indigenous and non-indigenous – have actively engaged in international and national REDD+ processes to raise their concerns regarding the potential negative impact of REDD+ on women, and to assert their right to equally participate in negotiations, planning and implementation of REDD+.

Indigenous women share many of the basic concerns and needs with their non-indigenous sisters but their situation as women in indigenous societies sets them apart from those who are part of the mainstream society, and their needs and concerns are often different. Their concerns may thus not be fully addressed, either by indigenous rights advocacy or by women’s rights and gender advocacy. In advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples and for the rights of women, the specific situation and needs of indigenous women therefore need to be taken into account.

Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Indigenous peoples today are faced with numerous challenges as their lands, territories and resources are targeted for exploitation by corporations, governments and other external entities. Indigenous peoples all over the world increasingly have to contend with business interests wanting to tap into the last reserves of the world’s natural resources and biological diversity, which indigenous peoples have protected and nurtured for many generations. Through their traditional and sustainable development practices, indigenous peoples were able to maintain their ancestral domains for their own survival and for the sake of future generations. However, corporations have come in the name of “development”, to extract and exploit these resources on a large scale, and in the process displacing and desecrating indigenous communities, violating indigenous peoples’ rights and depriving them of their means of survival.

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Non-Carbon Benefits in REDD+: Indigenous Peoples Perspectives and Recommendations

The Nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognized the importance of incentivizing Non-Carbon Benefits (NCB) for the long-term sustainability of the implementation of REDD+ activities1. This decision has long-term implications for indigenous peoples in Asia especially in relation to the recognition and exercise of their collective rights over their forests.

Asia is home to two-thirds of the world’s estimated 350-400 million indigenous peoples. More than 150 million of them are found in the 12 REDD+ countries in Asia namely Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Bangladesh. These countries are implementing REDD+ in partnership with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Programme of the World Bank and the UN-REDD Programme through support for their national REDD+ Programmes. All these REDD+ countries, except for Bhutan and Bangladesh, have adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Despite this, most states in Asia do not recognize indigenous peoples and their collective rights, especially to their land, territories and resources.

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