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With its 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international processes, this new edition of THE INDIGENOUS WORLD gives a comprehensive overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015

IWGIA - 2016 April

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Ana Cecilia Betancur and William Villa
This desk study documents the adverse impacts on indigenous communities from coal mining in the regions of la Guajira and Cesar, home to 90 percent of Colombia's coal production as well as several indigenous peoples such as the Wayuu, Yukpa and Kogui

IWGIA - 2016 February

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The report explores the evictions of pastoralists and other conflicts over pastoralists’ land in Tanzania, with focus on the past decade. Although most of these evictions and land base...

IWGIA, PINGO's Forum, PAICODEO & UCRT - 2016 January

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses in this report State obligations with regard to extraction, exploitation, and development activities concerning natural resources.

OAS with the financial support by IWGIA - 2015 December 31

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The advent of climate change in Tanzania has seen increased rates of eviction of indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands for reasons ranging from land based investments to enlargement of protected areas. This policy brief examines the problem and offers some recommendations.

PINGOs Forum, IWGIA and TIPTCC - 2015 December

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Kanyinke Sena
The fact that energy projects are green does not necessarily mean they accept and protect internationally-recognised human rights norms, such as the rights of indigenous peoples.

IWGIA and Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCCC) - 2015 November 20

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Elaborated by AIPP, CADPI, IITC &Tebtebba
The global goals and targets for sustainable development have been adopted but indicators are still being formulated. Indicators define what will be measured, and thus how the goals and targets will be implemented. In this position paper Indigenous peoples point at some of their most central concerns on indicators, implementation and monitoring of the 2013 development agenda.

2015 October 21

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Gladson Dungdung
This book addresses the contemporary issues of mining and communities in Eastern India. It documents the struggles and the human rights violations in Saranda Forest which is one of the most extensive surviving Sal forests in Asia, a centre of bio-diversity and a repository of India's rich Adivasi cultural heritage. Its destruction by mining companies aided by the government is testimony to the short term thinking of a modernising state blinded by its rhetoric of development.

Bir Buru Omapay Media & Entertainment LLP - 2015 August

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This publication sums up the experiences and lessons learnt from strengthening the capacity of indigenous peoples in using the human rights based framework in asserting the right to development as it has been implemented in ten indigenous communities in the Philippines.

Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Legal Center - DINTEG - 2015 August

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It documents seven case studies which were conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal and Thailand to take stock of the changes in livelihood and food security among indigenous shifting cultivation communities in South and Southeast Asia against the backdrop of the rapid socio-economic transformations currently engulfing the region.

FAO, IWGIA & AIPP - 2015 May

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The success of the Post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will depend on the adoption of indicators that
allow measuring progress towards targets and provide helpful information to policymakers. As member states move towards the next inter-governmental negotiations, we propose two indicators that we believe are fundamental to achieving ‘the future we want’. We confirm that these indicators are meaningful, universal, and feasible, and that they capture fundamental realities affecting key stakeholders at the heart of the SDGs.

2015 March

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In early 2015, Maasai and Datoga citizens living in the Morogoro region of Tanzania were victims of deadly, ethnic violence. According to reports from local media, the assaults were instigated by public figures interested in acquiring land, and state authorities have not intervened to protect Maasai citizens. Police protection has instead been given to others who are illegally cultivating officially registered Maasai land.

The brief calls for urgent action to halt the violence in the Morogoro Region and to put a stop to the current culture of impunity. It states that without strong and public action from the highest levels, Maasai and Datoga citizens will continue to be stigmatized and the prospective of nation-wide violence will remain a threat to stability, development, and peace in Tanzania.

IWGIA - 2015 March

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The book addresses cases from each of these continents, examining the experiences of indigenous peoples with access to remedy when their human rights are affected by corporate activities. By drawing from these experiences it seeks to inform the actions of corporate and State actors in relation their business and human rights obligation to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to effective remedy.

IWGIA, Almaciga & AIPP - 2015 March

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This technical briefing authored by a number of international organizations working on food security, natural resources management and poverty eradication and endorsed by many local civil society organisations around the world strongly encourage governments to keep the profile of land and natural resources high in the document on sustainable development goals to be endorsed in September 2015.

Forest Peoples Programme, International Land Coalition, Rights & Resources, Global Witness, Landesa, Huairou Commision, Action Aid, Habitat for Humanity, GLTN, Millenium, Biovision, IASS Potsdam, Namati, iied, Oxfam and IWGIA - 2015 January

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This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world that explore, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage Convention. The book will serve as a resource for indigenous peoples, World Heritage site managers and UNESCO, as well as academics, and will contribute to discussions about what changes or actions are needed to ensure that World Heritage sites can play a consistently positive role for indigenous peoples, in line with the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

IWGIA, Forrest Peoples Programme and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation - 2014 November 14

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Indigenous peoples' perspectives and recommendations to the subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice (SBSTA).

AIPP Submission on Methodological Issues Related to Non-Carbon Benefits Resulting from the Implementation of REDD+ Activities. March 26, 2014

2014 November

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AIPP Submission to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on Safeguards Information System.

AIPP and IWGIA - 2014 November

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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.

Indigenous women’s 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.

AIPP and IWGIA - 2014 November

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This briefing note presents the findings of seven case studies conducted from May to June 2014. The studies were conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal and Thailand and looked into the livelihood and food security among indigenous shifting cultivation communities in South and Southeast Asia.

The briefing note provides a summary of the main findings of the case studies and the common recommendations from a multi-stakeholders consultation held August 28-29 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Participants at the multi-stakeholder consultation included government agencies, UN agencies, regional NGOs, Indigenous Peoples’ organisations, community leaders, and local governments.

AIPP & IWGIA - 2014 September 29

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Land grabbing is the large-scale acquisition of land for commercial or industrial purposes, such as agricultural and biofuel production, mining and logging concessions or tourism. It involves land being purchased by investors rather than producers, often foreign investors. This is done with limited (if any) consultation of the local communities, limited (if any) compensation, and a lack of regard for environmental sustainability and equitable access to, or control over, natural resources.

IWGIA - 2014 September 18

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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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This case study focuses on the capacity of local communities to monitor biodiversity and resources in Madagascar, Nicaragua, Philippines and Tanzania. It makes a controlled comparison between local community monitoring and trained scientists’ monitoring and conclude that local and indigenous communities generate similar and equally good outputs as the trained scientists, and are much more cost efficient. The cases suggest that it is fully possible to build a cheap and effective MRV system based on community monitoring of Non-Carbon Benefits.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

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This case study from Peru illustrates the importance of Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs) to REDD+, and particularly the effects of land demarcation and titling of indigenous communities, its impact on governance and democracy, on social structures and livelihoods, and on environment and forest cover. The case shows that NCBs are both land tenure rights as well as subsistence and coffee production, illustrating the synergy between rights, carbon and economic benefits for the indigenous population.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

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Recognition of rights to land, territories and natural resources are crucial preconditions for achieving a number of Non-Carbon Benefits for indigenous peoples and local communities and an important incentive for their active participation in REDD+, in all decision-making processes and implementation.

This briefing note provides input to the methodological discussion on Non-Carbon Benefits, as referred to in decisions and discussions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

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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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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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PAICODEO
Pastoralists in Tanzania are suffering from many human rights violations, including forced evictions from their lands. This report gives a comprehensive analysis of the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Tanzania, and documents cases of human rights violations against Maasai pastoralists in ten districts.

PAICODEO - 2014 January

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By Søren Hvalkof
This paper focuses on the importance of Non-Carbon Benefits in REDD+ delivered by indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities.

Through three case studies it exemplifies how indigenous peoples and local communities contribute to REDD+ by delivering specific Non-Carbon Benefits. The cases show that the performance of indigenous peoples and local communities is an essential and indispensible part of the sustainability of REDD+.

IBIS, CARE, IWGIA and Forests of the World - 2013 December

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This guide is a tool for advocacy work and community actions. It focuses on the Asian Development Bank Safeguard Policy Statement of 2009 (ADB 2009 SPS) particularly its safeguard requirements for Indigenous Peoples. In addition, it features the ADB Accountability Mechanism of 2012 and contains the principles and process of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

AIPP - 2013 July

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This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012.

IWGIA - 2013 May 25

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The surviving lands of indigenous peoples include many of the most vulnerable and threatened ecosystems on our planet. Indigenous peoples have always made clear that they are culturally, spi...

Tebtebba, IWGIA and Piplinks - 2012 December

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This briefing paper aims to outline the lessons learn from the Cancun Agreement and explores how far the REDD+ countries in Asia have advanced in addressing social and environmental issues in their REDD+ strategy drafting. From asking which experiences indigenous peoples have made so far in engaging with REDD+, the briefing paper reflects on a few piloting initiatives which have been found particularly interesting and inspiring.

IWGIA & AIPP - 2012 November

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This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.
As a guidebook for communities, the content is simplified and accompanied by illustrations and photos for visualization. Translated versions of this Guidebook in several languages have been andwill also be published in REDD+ countries in Asia and elsewhere.

AIPP, IWGIA & Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) - 2012 September

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Briefing note on the consequences of coal mining on the livelihood of the Shorts and the Teleuts, two of Russia’s small numbered indigenous people in West Siberia.

IWGIA & Raipon - 2012 September

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Briefing note about the environmental consequences of mineral mining on the indigenous Evenkis, Nenets, Dolgans, Nganasans and Ents of the Russian Taimyr Peninsula.

IWGIA & Raipon - 2012 September

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In this briefing paper prepared by AIPP’s Indigenous Women’s Programme in relation to the Rio +20 World Conference on Sustainable Development, indigenous women from the Asia-Pacific region share their key concerns and demands with respect to sustainable development and describe some concrete actions that would improve their role and equal participation in sustainable development initiatives.

AIPP & IWGIA - 2012 June 15

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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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Submission to the SBSTA on the Drivers of Derforestation including key findings of research on shifting cultivation, underpinning the dire need to earnestly consider indigenous peoples’ perspectives while assessing its impact on forests and climate change, and the human rights violations and other impacts resulting from state policies prohibiting or unduly
restricting shifting cultivation

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and IWGIA - 2012 May 14

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Culture Identity and Resources Use Management (CIRUM)

This study takes a closer look at the role of customary law in forest management and conservation in Vietnam. It documents customary law applied in forest resource use and management among Thai and Dzao communities and concludes with a set of recommendations which can contribute to an improvement of forest related laws and policies. The findings and recommendations of this report are particularly relevant in light of the fact that Vietnam is currently busy preparing for REDD – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, one of the global initiatives to mitigate climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

IWGIA, AIPP and CIRUM - 2012 April

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This briefing note aims to show how Indigenous Peoples’ exclusion from political decision-making processes - locally, nationally, regionally and globally - places them in a position of extreme disadvantage vis-à-vis imposed industrial activities that affect their individual and communal lives, territories and resources. This is particularly evident in the case of the extractive sector. At the end of the briefing note you can find a list of recommendations to the UN working group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

IWGIA, RAIPON, PiPlinks, Almáciga and codpi.org - 2012 January

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This DVD is a resource on IFAD’s main instruments in its engagement with indigenous peoples.

IWGIA and Ore-media - 2011 June

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Written by Northern Development Foundation (NDF) and the Huay Hin Lad community with support from Oxfam-GB

Briefing paper that summarizes the results of a recent study on the amount of greenhouse gases released through traditional land use of a Karen community, and offers policy recommendations aiming at greater cooperation between the government and indigenous communities in addressing forest conservation and climate change mitigation

AIPP, IWGIA, NDF with support from NORAD - 2011 May

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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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Combined issue that brings together a mixture of different articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. The articles touch upon indigenous peoples' economic, legal, social and political development.

IWGIA - 2010 December

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Mark Nuttall
The indigenous peoples of the circumpolar North have long been involved in struggles to make sense of, adapt to, and negotiate the impacts and consequences of resource development, but they have also been involved in struggles to gain some measure of control over development as well as to benefit from it.

IWGIA - 2010 December

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This report documents the experiences of the Danish support programme for indigenous peoples in Bolivia. The programme came to an end 31 December 2009 after 10 years in operation.The aim of the programme was for indigenous peoples to "obtain full exercise of their economic, political, social and cultural rights". This publication presents an analysis of the process and the programmes overall results particularly over the last five years.

DANIDA and IWGIA - 2010 November

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A short film on how the Awajun produce cocoa.

IWGIA, Ore-media - 2010 September

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This video takes us on a journey to the heart of the Paraguayan Chaco in the company of Ayoreo elders and experts who show us around the territory where groups of ayoreo people wish to remain in isolation, despite a modern world that is gradually taking over.

IWGIA, Iniciativa Amotocodie & Ore-Media - 2010 September

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This book provides information material on REDD and its implications for indigenous peoples. It is intended primarily for indigenous peoples as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples. The content is easily accessible and is accompanied by illustrations and photos for visualization.

AIPP, FPP, IWGIA and Tebtebba - 2010 June

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