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Indigenous peoples

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  • Woman puts greens on a plate

    UN Food Systems Summit: it’s time to listen to civil society’s concerns

    Guest blogger Molly Anderson kicks off a new blog series leading up to the UN’s first ever Food Systems Summit. Here, Anderson sets out practical ways for the summit’s convenors to regroup after getting off to a rocky start

    22 June 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Street vendor selling vegetables

    IIED’s 'food year' blog series explores policies and practice to transform our food systems

    In the lead up to the first ever global summit on food, IIED launches a new series of blogs to contribute to the debate about food systems transformation

    22 June 2021 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Two people walking in a rural landscape

    Practical guide helps negotiators put equity at the heart of the new global biodiversity framework

    Conservation efforts, while critical to reducing biodiversity loss, often fail to treat people fairly. This undermines the sustainability of these efforts and can further marginalise already vulnerable people. A new guide offers negotiators practical steps for embedding equity in the new global biodiversity framework

    4 May 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Nature landscape of a spring with ducks, and mountains in the background

    Supporting a nature positive, equitable Global Biodiversity Framework

    IIED is keen to ensure that the final post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that is negotiated by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is not just good for nature, but good for people too

    4 May 2021 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Headshots of five people over a forest

    Indigenous knowledge, people and nature – all crucial to Kunming: Make Change Happen podcast episode 11

    In this episode of Make Change happen, we explore the concept of 'biocultural heritage', which comes from the lived experience of Indigenous Peoples, and is critical to the success of the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

    26 April 2021 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Quechua woman

    Here's why Indigenous economics is the key to saving nature

    Mainstream Western economics is destroying the environment - and the Indigenous knowledge that has conserved nature for millennia

    13 April 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Three women walk down the side of a road carrying branches on their heads

    Thriving and just societies: integrating climate, nature and development in a COVID-19 green recovery

    COVID-19 has exposed deep inequalities in our society. This event on 17 November brought together experts to discuss integrated action on climate, nature and development, in the context of a green recovery from the pandemic

    27 October 2020 | Event | Biodiversity
  • A group of people gather around a pile of potatoes with mountains as a backdrop

    Indigenous Peoples’ food systems hold the key to feeding humanity

    A recent workshop hosted by IIED and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew explored how the way Indigenous Peoples grow and consume food holds answers to the world’s broken food system

    23 October 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Women cross a river

    Time to move unseen foresters into the limelight

    A new report spotlights alternative approaches by which sustainable forest management can deliver more for indigenous people and local communities

    14 July 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • People sitting in a pasture

    International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP)

    The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP) brings together mountain communities from 11 countries as they seek to revitalise biocultural heritage for climate-resilient and sustainable food systems. IIED provides communications, advocacy and capacity support for INMIP.

    27 June 2019 | Project | Biodiversity
  • The experiences of mountain communities in Kyrgyzstan were shared at a learning exchange (Photo: Alan Zulch)

    Mountain communities stress the importance of biocultural heritage for global food security

    Ahead of an intergovernmental forum on biodiversity and food security, the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has published a report highlighting the importance of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge for climate adaptation

    15 February 2019 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Indigenous women in Bangladesh's Lawachara National Park collecting wood for building (Photo: Fabian Lambeck, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    Three ‘E’s to guide the post-2020 biodiversity roadmap

    Joji Cariño sets out three key principles that could underpin a new biodiversity deal where humans and nature work in harmony – and explains why indigenous peoples and local communities will be key in shaping this deal

    6 November 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim speaking the World Economic Forum in 2017 (Photo: Jakob Polacsek/World Economic Forum, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: getting indigenous women's voices heard on the SDGs

    Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim discusses the challenges facing indigenous women in Chad and how to get sustainable development policies in place that really support their needs

    15 May 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • More than 100 representatives of indigenous mountain communities met in Peru's Potato Park in April 2017 to share their expertise and build their international network (Photo: Lucia Flórez Zelaya)

    Mountain indigenous peoples call for support for biocultural landscapes to achieve the SDGs

    The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has called for support and legal protection for biocultural heritage landscapes and community conserved areas following an event in Peru

    28 June 2017 | News | Climate change
  • The Potato Park’s Craft micro-enterprise group. Biocultural heritage indicators that are a guarantee of origin and authenticity have increased incomes and improved social cohesion at the Potato Park (Photo: Asociacion ANDES (Peru))

    Designing a biocultural heritage labelling system: survey results

    Our survey found broad support for a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products. Now we need to get a pilot project off the ground

    16 January 2017 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Meeting of the Ogiek community of Sasimwani to review their draft by-laws (Photo: Namati/Jaron Vogelsang)

    IIED webinar: Using community by-laws to secure customary land rights in Kenya

    Join us for a webinar on 16 November 2016 to discuss how communities can use by-laws to secure their land rights

    3 November 2016 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Workshop participants touring the Stone Village in China (Photo: Irene Song)

    Mountain peoples call for support to protect traditional knowledge

    More than 50 indigenous mountain peoples representing mountain communities in China, Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Peru gathered in the Stone Village, in Yunnan, Southwest China in May 2016, to discuss the impact of climate change on their communities. At the end of their meeting they issued the Stone Village Declaration, calling for urgent support for their traditional ways of managing natural resources, and setting out eight actions for the international community

    4 July 2016 | News | Biodiversity
  • A woman explains the importance of guarding against future encroachments on her community's common land in Northern Uganda (Photo: LEMU)

    Protecting land and community resources in Africa

    Rural communities across Africa face a variety of threats to their claims to customary and indigenous land and natural resources. Advocates working to support these communities must draw on a range of experience and expertise. The NGOs Namati and Natural Justice brought together experts to consider the issues and published the results in a new book of 18 case studies

    7 March 2016 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • The impact of drought on formerly arable land can be seen in Fuyuan county in southwest China's Yunnan province, an area known for its mild climate (Photo: Mingjia Zhou, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Mountain communities being devastated by extreme climate impacts

    For those mountain communities living at the extreme edges of the world, climate change is already a very real threat. Researchers are calling for vulnerable communities to be given special consideration in the Paris negotiations next month

    18 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The Potato Park, Peru, which hosted a previous meeting of the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Image: IIED)

    Mountain communities rebuild diverse, climate-resilient crops

    The Sustainable Development Goals have been agreed, but for mountain communities around the world this action can't come quickly enough. Climate change is already here, threatening their food security, nutrition and livelihoods

    6 October 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Biocultural products of the Potato Park in Peru, an example of the goods and services that can be produced by indigenous peoples to provide income and enhance incentives to sustain biocultural heritage (Photo: ANDES)

    Consultation: designing a new biocultural heritage indication

    How can indigenous people benefit more from their biocultural heritage? A new project wants to hear your feedback on how a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products could work

    20 August 2015 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Aurelio Fuastino lives near a primary forest in Mozambique. He sees the forest as an important source of many products including medicinal plants. He and other villages have no control over loggers who have been given licenses in the forest (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    IIED seminar on locally controlled enterprises for forest peoples

    A "Critical Theme" seminar on Tuesday, 7 July looked at the benefits and challenges of locally controlled enterprises for forest peoples

    6 July 2015 | Article | Forests
  • Representatives from indigenous mountain communities gather in Bhutan to discuss the impacts of climate change and how to respond using their biocultural heritage

    New film highlights mountain communities' climate workshop

    The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has released a film showcasing an event where mountain communities discussed the impacts of climate change and how to respond using their biocultural heritage

    18 May 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • Securing land rights for indigenous peoples, such as these members of the Xingu tribe, pictured in Brazil, is critical to alleviating poverty (Photo: Rights and Resources Initiative)

    Securing indigenous and community land rights in the future we want

    Explicit inclusion of secure land rights for local communities and indigenous peoples is key to "leaving no one behind" in global Sustainable Development Goals, writes Jenny Springer of Rights and Resources Initiative

    24 March 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Northern Ghana: a village chief learns forestry skills. Rural communities need investment to build up forest and farm enterprises and link them to markets and support networks (Photo: Treeaid, via Creative Commons)

    It's time for revolution in forest business

    Where will the investment come from to scale up successful locally controlled forestry? That was the question facing participants at a recent South-North Dialogue in Helsinki, Finland

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • The new Guardians of Diversity film documents a gathering of indigenous farmers from mountain communities around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas

    Film documents visit to "Guardians of Diversity" in the Potato Park

    A new 15-minute film documents a gathering of indigenous farmers from mountain communities around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas about protecting biodiversity and culture as the basis for adapting to climate change

    10 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • Representatives of communities from Peru, Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea have formed an International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Photo: Lhab Tshering)

    Indigenous mountain communities call on governments to support traditional knowledge-based adaptation

    An International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has been formed to advocate for community biocultural heritage rights and help achieve food sovereignty and climate change adaptation

    18 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Local sheep varieties in the Potato Park, Peru, where an agreement was recently forged to share indigenous crop varieties and knowledge about how to grow them in different climates and landscapes (Photo: IIED)

    Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

    In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change

    8 May 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Mountains such as the Andes, in Peru, are among the regions most affected by climate change (Photo: David Stanley via Creative Commons

    Indigenous spiritual values guide climate change adaptation in mountain communities

    Cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and climate change will be the focus of an international event in the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru

    25 April 2014 | News | Climate change
  • An excerpt from the Challenging the constitutionality of adverse laws: Success stories from Indonesia webinar

    Striking down adverse investment laws: success stories from Indonesia

    How is it possible to challenge laws that promote investment but adversely affect the rights of local communities? Two legal empowerment practitioners from peasants' rights and indigenous peoples organisations in Indonesia recently shared their experiences during IIED's first Legal Tools webinar.

    25 March 2014 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Peruvian men and women on a mountainside, pouring water on the earth

    Learning to value Mother Earth

    Making informed choices about eating foods that have less of an environmental impact is increasingly important. We can all learn lessons from local communities living in the Andes

    2 June 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A shot from the Herding Chaos film made by Saverio Krätli

    Niger: Pastoral livelihoods and climate change adaptation

    Pastoralists live in an uncertain environment and have developed diverse strategies, institutions and networks to turn this unpredictability and risk to their advantage. Breeding livestock to feed selectively on the most nutritious plants, and moving livestock to those areas where the most nutritious pastures can be found are two crucial strategies. Yet despite their proven value, these strategies are still poorly understood and badly integrated in policy design. IIED undertook two pieces collaborative of research in Niger to address this

    17 December 2012 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Tanzania: Moving beyond ‘land grab’ rhetoric to finding solutions

    This is not an unusual story in Tanzania. Newspapers are being filled with “land grab” headlines. Stories about displacement and dodgy land deals are becoming normal street-side conversation.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Mali: Uncertainty as all sides wonder, 'What Next?'

    Nearly a week has passed since a group of mid-level officers led by Captain Sanogo carried out a coup d'etat in Mali's capital, Bamako.

    29 March 2012 | Blog | Governance
  • “Protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people benefits us all”

    He gave the example of indigenous peoples in Peru who are responding to climate change by reintroducing native potato varieties and so are “helping to conserve the earth’s biodiversity”. “Indigenous peoples have been living a ‘green economy’ for centuries,” he added — economists should look to old practices in indigenous communities for new ways to achieve sustainable development.

    9 June 2011 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Is this a climate change issue or a human rights issue?

    We had been driven for seven hours from Dhaka through hair-raising traffic to see some of the practical approaches that Caritas was using in th

    29 March 2011 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Was 'Avatar' good for indigenous people?

    The Dongria Kondh, Xikrin Kayapo, and Penan peoples have a lot in common. Not only are they all indigenous groups facing potentially damaging extractive and energy projects on their tribal land, they also share the dubious distinction of being compared to some quirky blue hominids from a certain Hollywood blockbuster. Just a casual Google search for ‘real life avatar’ will reveal a slew of articles arguing that indigenous groups across the world are nothing less than the real life versions of the Na´vi, with harmonious relationships with nature and exotic tribal costumes to boot.

    4 November 2010 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Charting a course for biodiversity and the poor

    Negotiations by parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continue in Nagoya, Japan. Biodiversity researchers, advocates and government officials have gathered here to strike a deal that will, hopefully, safeguard life on Earth over the next decade.

    22 October 2010 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Better communication is key to wise use of Nature's riches

    To ensure that nature's goods and services can continue to support human wellbeing, we need better communication about why biodiversity is important, what its decline means and what can be done about it.

    19 October 2010 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Extractive industries and Indigenous and local communities

    This area of work explored the local sustainable development implications of relations between extractive industries, communities and the state, focusing on Arctic communities, particularly in Russia

    25 June 2008 | Project | Sustainable markets
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