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Indigenous peoples constitute 5 % of the world’s population but 15 % of the world’s poor. They make up around 1/3 of the world’s extremely poor rural population. Many lack access to, control over and suffer pollution of their water resources, severely damaging their health, livelihood and cultural survival.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a unique opportunity to address these concerns and to take indigenous peoples’ right to water into consideration.

This note, produced by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) in collaboration with Tebtebba and with contributions and advice from indigenous peoples’ experts,1 aims to inform stakeholders about the issue of water from an indigenous perspective in the post 2015-development discussion.

IWGIA & Tebtebba - 2014 September 18

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Many of the areas of highest biological diversity on the planet are inhabited by indigenous peo¬ples. The current and accelerating climatic and environmental changes threaten indigenous peo¬ples’ basis for existence around the world.

The post-2015 development agenda offers a unique opportunity to address indigenous peoples’ key concerns and possible solutions for environmental sustainability beyond 2015.

This briefing note has been prepared by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), in collaboration with Tebtebba, and is intended as an informative note for stakeholders in the post-2015 development process.

IWGIA and Tebtebba - 2014 September 18

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Albert Kwokwo Barume
This revised and updated edition of Albert Kwokwo Barume’s book from 2010 reflects some of the latest developments affecting Africa’s indigenous peoples and their land rights.

IWGIA - 2014 May 20

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This discussion paper traces the evolution of the concept of indigenous peoples in the UN system and aims at giving a better understanding of why the concept of indigenous peoples is relevant in an Asian context.

2014 May 6

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Study team: Dr. Chaitanya Subba, Pro. Dr. Bishwamber Pyakuryal, Mr. Tunga Shiromani Bastola, Mr. Mohan Khajum Subba, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Raut, Mr. Baburam Karki
The present study aims to assess the poverty levels of the various indigenous groups in Nepal. It was developed to address the lack of existing disaggregated data and statistics on the socio-economic status of Nepal’s many indigenous groups.

LAHURNIP & IWGIA - 2014 May

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Johannes Rohr
This report examines the human rights situation of the 41 indigenous peoples living in the Northern and Asian territories of the Russian Federation. The history and the human rights situation of these groups is little known to most people, even within their own country, the Russian Federation.

This report offers a contribution to raising the visibility of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation and their serious and pressing human rights concerns, which require all parties involved to take immediate and effective action.

IWGIA - 2014

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The Annual Report of IWGIA is a status report that describes IWGIA's activities in 2012.

The report gives examples of projects that have been implemented or supported by IWGIA.

IWGIA - 2013 July 15

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This DVD includes a video documenting the Rapporteur’s visit to Argentina, an interview with James Anaya on his work as Special Rapporteur and his report on the situation of Argentina’s indigenous peoples.

IWGIA and Ore Media - 2012 December

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This publication gives an overview of the presentations made at the regional sensitization seminar organized by the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in the republic of Congo on 22 to 25 August 2011. One of the objectives of the seminar was to inform key stakeholders from East and Central Africa on the African Commission’s approach to promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and IWGIA - 2012 December

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This comics book discusses climate change and REDD from the perspective of indigenous communities. It is intended primarily for communities as a simple guide to help them understand climate change and REDD. It discusses the importance and the roles of forest in climate change, the concept of REDD and how it relates to and affects indigenous communities. It points at potential negative impacts of REDD for the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples, especially on the right to land, territories and resources. Finally, it shows why and how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) can be used to uphold and protect the rights of indigenous communities in REDD.

IWGIA and AIPP - 2012 June

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Aili Pyhälä
Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Livelihood Opportunities in South-East Cameroon

This report looks specifically at the livelihoods and human rights situation of the Baka indigenous hunter/gatherers of south-east Cameroon. The Baka of this region are facing an increasingly uncertain future as their traditional lands have been almost entirely taken away from them, mainly to allocate to international logging and mining companies and as parts of Protected Areas. As a result, many Baka communities have been forced to leave their traditional lands and very few are now living a purely traditional nomadic lifestyle. Many live in settlements along the roadsides where they are the victims of widespread discrimination and human rights abuses on the part of the dominant society and where they face immense problems in terms of poverty and access to sufficient food and basic services.

IWGIA and Plan - 2012 June

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This report documents the extent of the military presence in the CHT, the ways in which the military exert political, economic and social influence, and the consequences this presence has on the human rights situation in the region. In a democratic country such as Bangladesh, de facto military control of a certain region in which no insurgency is prevalent and where there is no threat of conflict with neighboring countries should be a cause for great concern both for the Government of Bangladesh, the international donors providing development assistance to Bangladesh and the international agencies that have a mandate to address specific human rights situations.

IWGIA, Organising Committee CHT Campaign and Shimin Gaikou Centre - 2012 May 17

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The Russian Federation is home to more than 100 different peoples. Of these, 41 are legally recognised as “indigenous, small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East".

This briefing note prepared by IWGIA gives a quick insight into the legal framework relevant for indigenous peoples in Russia and describes current problems and organisational responses. Finally it makes recommendations to international donors on how to support and strengthen the empowerment of the indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation.

IWGIA - 2012 March

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Featuring 58 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2010.

Available as both book and CD.

IWGIA - 2011 May

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Definition of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

2010 July

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This briefing paper identifies indigenous peoples living in the Southeast Asian ASEAN countries and informs about their rights and the mayor problems facing them.

AIPP, IWGIA & Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) - 2010 May

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This briefing paper describes the use of the term 'Indigenous Peoples'.Over the past decades, the concept of Indigenous Peoples has evolved beyond the original meaning still found in dictionaries, and it is now well established in the international law.

AIPP,IKAP & IWGIA - 2009 March

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This book does not intend to dwell or expand on the controversy on the applicability of the concept to Asia. Its point of departure is the fact that more and more groups in Asia identify themselves as indigenous peoples, and its ultimate purpose is to provide assistance in addressing the practical question of how the concept of indigenous peoples can be applied in the particular context of Asian nations. This is done by means of a compilation of key articles, both previously published and unpublished, which directly or indirectly address the issue from historical, anthropological, legal and indigenous activists' perspectives, and at international, regional, national and local levels.

IWGIA & AIPP - 2008 November

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Erica-Irene A. Daes
This book is Erica Daes’ personal record on more than twenty years of efforts to promote the cause of indigenous peoples and the recognition of their fundamental rights by the UN system. Through this account of her own experince, the author commemorates the suffering, oppression and discrimination experienced by indigenous peoples, and outline their continuing struggle for freedom and for cultural, and physical survival.

IWGIA - 2008 July

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Pablo Lasansky
This book tells another story. A story being written from within that landscape by the indigenous peoples of the Chaco themselves. It is one of happiness rather than poverty, as seen through...

IWGIA - 2004 January

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This yearbook provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1999 and 2000 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, with a special focus on indigenous women.

IWGIA - 2000 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1998 and 1999 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, with a special focus on indigenous women.

1999 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1997 and 1998 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

Out of print!

IWGIA - 1998 May

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This book is a compilation of proceedings from a Conference on Indigenous Peoples in South and Southeast Asia.

IWGIA - 1996 April

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The present volume contains the papers that came out of a con­ference on "The Question of Indigenous Peoples in Africa" jointly organised by The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the Centre for Development Research (CDR) in Co­penhagen.

IWGIA - 1993 April

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1990 among indigenous peoples.

IWGIA - 1991 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1987 among indigenous peoples.

IWGIA - 1988 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1986 among indigenous peoples.

IWGIA - 1987 May

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