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Reviving traditional food systems among the Higaonon and Tagbanwa

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.

Primary Forest Case Study

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

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Supporting local Actors

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.

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