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Water Management in the Trans-Himalaya Rain Shadow of Lo-menthang: The Kghyamba System Steers Irrigation Practice for Lhoba People

Author: Tunga B. Rai
Number of pages: 44
ISBN number: 978-9937-0-7372-1
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2020
This case study unravels the example of how a customary institution is embedded in the social and physical uniqueness of a community of indigenous peoples. It demonstrates the value of recognizing and safeguarding the customary institutions and knowledge of indigenous peoples. This case study presents the facts—how the knowledge system and customary institutions of indigenous peoples are value-d...
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The Indigenous World 2019

Author: 97 authors
Number of pages: 600
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-93-7
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: The Indigenous World
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia, Arctic, Middle East and the Pacific
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: 04-25
Rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point, and with an ever-shrinking civic space worldwide, the topics of criminalisation of Indigenous Rights Defenders’ activities and their organisations; land rights issues; and access to justice are more important than ever. The Indigenous World 2019 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attac...
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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Customary Land in Myanmar: Current Status and the Way Forward

Number of pages: 83
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: The Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), with funding from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).
Release year: 2019
Myanmar has adopted a National Land Use Policy in 2016 which mandates the enactment of a comprehensive National Land Law. Once a National Land Law is passed, all other laws will have to be harmonized with its provisions. This new law will be critical for the future of Myanmar’s indigenous peoples, most of whom depend on land and natural resources for their livelihood. Control over land and reso...
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Indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and self-government

Number of pages: 56
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bolivia, Peru, Greenland, Philippines, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Sapmi, Russia, Canada, Nepal, India
Region publication is about: South America, North America, Asia, Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tebtebba Foundation
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: mar-01
Related partner: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
An International Seminar to assess the global status and trends with regards to indigenous autonomies is taking place in Mexico City in March 2019. This meeting follows the work developed by indigenous organizations and the organizing institutions over the last few years. In January 2018, at its annual Expert Meeting, the UN Permanent Forum was requested to compile information on indigenous autono...
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Indigenous peoples, land rights and forest conservation in Myanmar

Author: Christian Erni
Number of pages: 98
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-89-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2018
Release month / day: aug-18
Related partner: Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together
In light of the urgency of both forest conservation and the recognition of indigenous communities’ rights to land and resources, along with the documented potential for creating conservation synergies through recognition of community rights, this study tries to look at the approaches to forest conservation taken in Myanmar so far, and to take stock of their achievements and impact with respect t...
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The Indigenous World 2018

Author: Editing: Pamela Jacquelin-Andersen
Number of pages: 564
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-85-2
Publication language: English English
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)
Release year: 2018
Release month / day: april/19
The rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point and The Indigenous World 2018 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attacks and killings of indigenous peoples while defending their lands. The Indigenous World is a one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peopl...
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Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Myay Latt Village

Number of pages: 30
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: Norad & IWGIA
Release year: 2018
Customary land tenure of the indigenous peoples in Myanmar is not recognized in policies and laws. Lack of legal protection leaves indigenous territories insecure, threatened by investments and other forms of land concession. On the other hand, there is little evidence showing how the community is managing and using the land. Therefore the study to document the customary land tenure system of indi...
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The Place of Women in Naga Society

The main purpose of this book is to discuss Naga society and its cultural practices with a specific focus on the status of women.
Number of pages: 328
ISBN number: 978-93-81758-43-4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2018
Release month / day: March
Related partner: Naga Women’s Union
Naga society is a casteless and classless society where, traditionally, women have enjoyed a high social positioning and a fair spirit of independence, playing very central roles in family and community affairs; however, it is also a patriarchal, patrilineal and patrilocal society where, for instance, family names are carried forward through sons, who are also the family members that inherit fami...
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Report of the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Extractive Industries, Land Rights and Indigenous Populations'/Communities' Rights. East, Central and Southern Africa

Number of pages: 140
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-76-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Cameroon
Region publication is about: Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Release year: 2017
Related partner: African Commission on Human and Indigenous Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and its Working Group on Indigenous People (WGIP)
In 2003, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) established the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa (WGIP) with the responsibility to advise the Commission on matters relating to the rights of indigenous populations/communities on the continent. In this capacity, the WGIP found it appropriate to commission a study on extractive industries, land righ...
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Indigenous Women

Author: Inter-American Comission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 151
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA, Danida
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: April 17
Standing tall, head held high, her dignity on full display. That’s the image of an empowered indigenous woman confronting discrimination and violence, saying “enough is enough” to the tragic impact of extractive industries and other development projects in her ancestral territories. The play of shapes that combines an indigenous woman’s silhouette with mountains, lakes, trees, and moon/sun...
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The Sea Within: Marine Tenure and Cosmopolitical Debates

Author: Editors: Hélène Artaud and Alexandre Surrallés
Number of pages: 228
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-87-6
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: april-17
Recent texts on the rights of indigenous peoples clearly show that indigenous ownership of marine and coastal spaces must be respected. In addition, their rights to their sea spaces must be guaranteed according to local perceptions, and this is masterly described by some articles in this book. This is expressed in the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP...
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Indigenous Peoples, Communities of African Descent, Extractive Industries

Author: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 182
ISBN number: OEA/Ser.L/V/II.Doc. 47/15
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2015
Release month / day: jan-01
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. Through the implementation of its monitoring mechanisms, the Commission has consistently received information evidencing the human, social, health, cultural and environmental impacts of these projects on i...
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The Indigenous World 2016

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 553
ISBN number: 9788792786692
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Africa, África, Arctic, Ártico, Asia, International, Internacional, Latin America, América Latina, Oceania, North America, América del Norte , Pacific, Pacífico, Europe, Europa
Release year: 2016
Release month / day: april-01
This yearbook gives a global update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights and provides an overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015. In 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international processes, indigenous and non-indigenous activists, experts and scholars provide their insight and knowledge on r...
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Land, Forest and Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Relation to Climate Change and REDD (Policy and Program Analysis))

Author: NEFIN - Research Team: Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Khim P. Ghale, Yogeshwar Rai
Number of pages: 75
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: Tebtebba
Release year: 2016
Release month / day: Apr
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), together with the IWGIA, AIPP, TEBTEBBA and FPP, has been conducting programs on Climate Change- REDD Partnership Program. As part of this program, a research study has already been carried out with detailed reviews and analysis of the government laws, policies, programs and indigenous peoples’ rights on land and forest. Following the resear...
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Indigenous Heroines: A Saga of Tribal Women of India

Author: Alma Grace Barla
Number of pages: 209
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-61-6
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
This book is dedicated to all the indigenous tribal women and men of India who have sacrificed their lives to protect 'Mother Earth', indigenous identity and culture; to martyrs of the freedom movement; to the thousands of innocent women, men and children who are victims of violence in the conflict areas of the Northeastern and Central East Indian states; and to those who continue to work to safeg...
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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples - Policies and Practices in Nepal

Author: Editors: Krishna B. Bhattachan, Pasang Sherpa and Pasang Dolma Sherpa
Number of pages: 253
ISBN number: 978-9937-001922
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2016
The problem of climate change is a relatively new pressing global concern. Efforts for mitigation and adaptation from its effects are drawing attention of all. Although indigenous peoples are not responsible for the causes of climate change, they are the ones who are at the forefront of its adverse impacts, especially in their sustainable management of natural resources and livelihood. The interna...
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Mission Saranda. A War for Natural Resources in India

Author: Gladson Dungdung with a foreword by Felix Padel
Number of pages: 280
ISBN number: 978-81-908959-8-9
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
Dedicated to the martyrs of Saranda Forest, who have sacrificed their lives to protect their ancestral land, territory and resources. This book and the Saranda issue it highlights are of greatest national significance. Gladson Dungdung has performed a profound service by writing courageously about this, bringing out the voices of Adivasis faced with displacement and atrocities from multiple direc...
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Human Rights Based Approach to Development as experienced in ten Indigenous communities in the Philippines

Number of pages: 136
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Philippines, Filipinas
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
In the Philippines, diversity within commonality among indigenous peoples is in itself a very complicated situation. Moreover, indigenous peoples understand their rights enshrined in laws more as violations than enjoyment, while local State authorities find difficulty in bridging the gap of addressing the development aspirations of the indigenous peoples with that of “national unity and developm...
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Shifting cultivation, livelihood and food security: New and old challenges for indigenous peoples in Asia

Number of pages: 415
ISBN number: 978-92-5-108761-9
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
Release month / day: January
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007. Since then, the importance of the role that indigenous peoples play in economic, social and environmental conservation through traditional sustainable agricultural practices has been gradually recognized. Consistent with the mandate to eradicate hunger, poverty and malnut...
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Report of the African Commisson's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Research and Information Visit to the Republic of Tanzania, 21 January - 6 February 2013

Number of pages: 109
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-59-3
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania, Tanzanie
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Financially supported by: The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Release year: 2015
In early 2013, a working group under the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights undertook research on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Tanzania. For the duration of two weeks, a delegation formed by the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities met with representatives of ministries, embassies, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, including indigenous ...
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The Indigenous World 2015

Number of pages: 571
ISBN number: 9788792786524
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2015
Seven years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Indigenous World 2015 looks at the most significant developments and setbacks for indigenous peoples’ rights at the national and international level during the previous year and at indigenous peoples’ assessments of possible ways forward. With 69 articles and country reports, this edition of The Indi...
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Shifting Cultivation in Myanmar: Case Studies from Southern Chin State and Bago Division

Number of pages: 37
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA and NICFI
Release year: 2015
Release month / day: Aug
Shifting cultivation is an important livelihood strategy of millions of people in Myanmar. Various ethnic groups throughout the country practice unique styles of this system, which are adapted to their specific local ecological and social conditions. In Myanmar, an estimated 2 million families depend on shifting cultivation for their livelihoods. Despite its continuing importance to many people’...
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Business and Human Rights. Indigenous Peoples' Experiences with Access to Remedy. Case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America

Author: Editor: Dr Cathal M. Doyle
Number of pages: 315
ISBN number: 9736167898117
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Africa, África, Asia, International, Internacional, Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2015
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 rem...
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A study on the socio-economic status of indigenous peoples in Nepal

Author: Study team: Dr. Chaitanya Subba, Pro. Dr. Bishwamber Pyakuryal, Mr. Tunga Shiromani Bastola, Mr. Mohan Khajum Subba, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Raut, Mr. Baburam Karki
Number of pages: 292
ISBN number: 993728861-4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Nepal , Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
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. By presenting data on a broad set of socio-economic indicators for the many indigenous groups in Nepal and comparing this with data on other major caste and...
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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautes Autochtones. Visite de Reserche et d'Information en République de Tanzanie, 21 janvier - 6 février 2013

Number of pages: 118
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-59-3
Publication language: French French
Country publication is about: Tanzania, Tanzanie
Region publication is about: Africa; Afrique
Financially supported by: Ministère des Affaires étrangères du Danemark et du Ministère des Affaires étrangères de la Norvège
Release year: 2015
La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples (CADHP), qui est l’organe de l’Union Africaine en charge des droits humains, s’occupe de la situation des droits humains des populations autochtones depuis 1999. Ces populations font partie des groupes les plus vulnérables du continent africain et leurs représentantes participent, depuis la 29ème Session ordinaire tenue en 200...
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