It may well be said that for the Higaonon in Dulangan Ancestral Domain in Misamis Oriental and the Calamian Tagbanwa in Coron town in Palawan, culture embraces the way they provide food for themselves. All they needed to do was grow their own crops or pick edible plants that grow freely in their surroundings, hunt in the forests and fish in the sea and rivers.
The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is helping strengthen efforts to make businesses accountable for abuses committed in the course of their operations, hopefully transforming them from mere profit-seekers into catalysts of social development.
by Ling Hong
The Manila Observatory, Chiangmai University and Samdhana Institute present this policy brief on Loss & Damage, one of outputs from the Southeast Asia regional consultation held in August of this year in Bohol, Philippines. It aims to provide the regional context on the rising urgency to pay attention to loss and damage.
By: Bibing Mordeno/ Samdhana
Realising rights-based conservation and a sustainable development agenda in Papua to protect the last remaining Indonesian primary forests.
- Primary forest area (source): 25 million ha
- Carbon storage/sequestration: store 5,081 million tons of carbon
- Keystone species: birds of paradise, tree kangaroos, rainbow fishes, birdwing butterflies, black orchids
- Supporting indigenous groups, local people: 271 indigenous tribes
Context and values
To accelerate the recognition of indigenous territory, in September 2018, the Jayapura regency government issued a District law for the recognition, protection and empowerment of indigenous peoples, establishing a special task force called the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (GTMA). The task force focuses on preparing social and spatial data, providing capacity building to institutions related to the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples' rights to natural resources, and policy analysis which strengthens the implementation of this program.
A Study for Submission to the Governor of West Papua Province
By: Nicolas Wanenda, S.Si*, Yunus Yumte, S.Hut**