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General information about the proect: "Ensuring the Effective Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Global and National REDD Processes."


Project Report - “Ensuring rights protection, enhancing effective participation of and securing... Print

This project report covers the achievements of the Tebtebba Project QZA-10/0477 entitled “Ensuring rights protection, enhancing effective participation of and securing fair benefits for indigenous peoples on REDD Plus policies and programs” within the three-years project period from 01 June 2010 to 31 May 2013. This final report is a culmination of the annual progress reports and the final evaluation reports of the Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership On Climate Change and Forests, composed of Tebtebba and its 13 country partners. This was collectively formed and strengthened as the strategic partnership of indigenous peoples’ (IP) communities and non government organizations (NGOs) based in 11 countries, namely, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Brazil in Latin America; Kenya, Cameroon, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa; and Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines in Asia.

The implementation and achievements of this project were realized on the global, regional, national and local/subnational levels with funding support, primarily from the Climate and Forest Initiative 2010 under the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad); and partly from the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) and the Tamalpais Trust Fund (which funded some specific activities during the 3rd year implementation).

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Mexico’s Mixe people: Coping with climate change and defining own development Print

By Jo Ann L. Guillao, Climate Change Team

The cool mountain climate of a large part of the Mexican southern state of Oaxaca, home to about a million indigenous Mixe people, is now getting warmer — a situation that has proved to be both a boon and a bane for the upland farming folk.

With the warmer weather, villagers can now grow fruit-bearing trees, which used to grow well in low-lying areas.  But the warmer weather proved to be disastrous in other respects, we found out during a field visit to the two municipios (towns) of Santo Cristobal Chichicaxtepec and Santa Cruz Condoy on October 9-14, 2013.

In the community of Santo Cristobal, for example, the warmer climate enabled local farmers to diversify their crops and livestock.  Aside from planting fruits, local farmers can now breed horses.


Nicaragua Indigenous Community Maps Lands to Secure Rights Print

By Jo Ann L. Guillao, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Team

Miguel Bikan, a little known Miskito indigenous community in Waspam under the Regional Autonomous Government of the North Atlantic in Nicaragua, has finally mapped its territories and through this had settled demarcation of boundaries with neighboring communities.[1]

Under the law of the government of Nicaragua, the whole of RAAN (North Atlantic Autonomous Region) is an indigenous territory but its people have to map and demarcate 31 territories and settle boundary disputes between communities.

Miskito leader Rose Cunningham, director of Wangki Tangni, a community development organization concerned with indigenous rights and development, thus helped organize 23 communities of Miguel Bikan to map their lands.


Learning from the Ground: Experience with Ngata Toro Community Print

By Jo Ann L. Guillao, Research Desk, Tebtebba

A community visit to Central Sulawesi, Indonesia was organized by Tebtebba and AMAN (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/Indigenous Peopels Alliance of the Archipelago) to bring indigenous experts/researchers from Africa, Latin America and Asia to look more closely into the experience of the Ngata Toro community in Central Sulawesi in terms of their customary practices and governance as they interact with their ecosystem. The case of Ngata Toro community in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia is an evidence of self-sustaining life that permeates a collective well-being based on practical indigenous system and governance.

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The Loita Naimina Enkiyio Forest: Gateway to understanding the Maasai's sustainable forest resource management in Kenya Print
By Marissa Maguide-Cabato, Research Desk, Tebtebba

The Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development (MPIDO) serves as Tebtebba’s country partner for the implementation of the climate change capacity building project in Kenya, together with the Loita Development Foundation (LDF), the Council of Elders, the Oloiboni and the members of the Loita community at the local level.

The demonstration area is the Loita community in the Narok District, South of Kenya where the Loita Naimina Enkiyo Forest is situated. Loita Forest is located between the Mara and Serengeti plains and the forests of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. The forest is one of the few unclassified  and largely undisturbed indigenous forests in Kenya. It is one of the traditionally-managed forests by the Maasai indigenous communities whose well-conserved state is attributable to their strong and vibrant traditional practices.

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