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Experts work on assessing status of traditional knowledge indicators for the Global Biodiversity Framework

As part of the Transformative Pathways project, FPP and UNEP-WCMC, together with the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, convened an Expert Workshop on Traditional Knowledge Indicators in Cambridge, UK, in March 2024.  The event brought together Indigenous experts on indicators, members of the…
20.05.24
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Introducing a New Resource for Community-Based Biodiversity Monitoring

Originally published on ICCS.org.uk   In the face of escalating biodiversity loss and the urgent need for sustainable conservation practices, the role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPs & LCs) has never been more critical. To ensure that their actions are recognised and supported…
07.05.24
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Community Video: Monitoring Paiche Fish Repopulation in Puerto Juan, Morona

Dashed lineThe community of Puerto Juan (Shinguito) in the Morona River basin mobilized a group of 12 people, with high participation from women, to manage the project component of Paiche fish repopulation. The group conducted a Paiche census in their oxbow lake using the plot…
30.04.24

Project Update April 2024

This Project Update, published in April 2024, brings together updates from the Transformative Pathways partners on their key activities and work undertaken since the start of the project in 2022.   Capacity building sessions on biodiversity monitoring have been a key part of the first phase…
11.04.24
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Planting trees for the restoration of headwater and streams in a Pgakenyaw community

Thailand is located in the tropical rain forest. So, in the past, there were forest resources and highly abundant biological diversity. Then, the Thai government started to think about selling wood to generate income for country development.  The Department of Forestry was set up on…
09.04.24
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Good breath with having a forest

We have all heard stories about the umbilical forest. Right? Maybe I’ve never even heard of it; maybe I’ve heard of it, but I don’t know the true meaning, or I don’t know the depth of what the word umbilical forest is, and I am…
09.04.24

Introduction to community-based environmental monitoring: practical guidance for monitoring of natural resources by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

This guide is for the local organisations working with communities (e.g. community-based organisations and local non-governmental organisations), which are facilitating Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPs and LCs) to design and implement environmental and biodiversity monitoring activities on their lands. The guide includes approaches and…
03.04.24
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Community-Based Monitoring and Information Systems in the Philippines 

Resource inventory in Ibaloy ancestral land claims  Residents of Sitio Muyot, Barangay Happy Hollow in Baguio City, conducted a resource inventory within the forested areas of their Ibaloy ancestral land claims last December 2023 and continued in March 2024, with the support of the Philippine…
03.04.24
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Engaging Youth in Local Biodiversity Conservation of Baguio City

The student council of the University of the Philippines Baguio in partnership with the Partners for Indigenous Knowledge Philippines (PIKP) conducted an ecological walk and educational discussion on local biodiversity conservation and promotion in Busol Watershed and Forest Reserve in Baguio City, Philippines in March…
03.04.24
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Project Partners in Thailand receive the E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration

We are thrilled to announce that the Thai version of the E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration has landed in the capable hands of our esteemed partner organizations of the transformative pathways project in Thailand.  Empowering Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Women, Indigenous Youth, and Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities…
03.04.24
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Indigenous-Led Reforestation Efforts in Peru’s Andes and Amazon Regions

In February 2024, members of the indigenous Quechua communities of Cayara and Hualla in Ayacucho, in alliance with the municipalities of these districts and the Regional Department of Agriculture of Ayacucho, carried out an important reforestation work during the rainy season in the Andes. In…
03.04.24
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Indigenous Conservation Advocates from Ayacucho and Pasco Input into Peru’s Updated Biodiversity Strategy 2050

In February 2024, 14 indigenous conservation advocates from the regions of Ayacucho and Pasco in Peru participated in the updating of the National Biodiversity Strategy 2050, contributing with their knowledge and experience to strengthen indigenous peoples’ initiatives in the protection of biological diversity and territorial…
03.04.24
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Learning new skills on planting and restoration to achieve food security. Photo credits: IIN

Food sovereignty in Maasai, Samburu and Pokot communities in relation to their traditional knowledge

The Maasai, Samburu and Pokot are semi nomadic pastoralist communities in Kenya who migrate within semi- arid lowlands to obtain water and pasture for their livestock. Their lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food, and for them wealth is measured…
02.04.24
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Second Transformative Pathways In-Person Meeting 

In February 2024, twelve project partners of the Transformative Pathways consortium gathered for the second in-person planning and review meeting at Laboot, Chepkitale in Kenya. The meeting hosted nearly 80 participants, including representatives of all organisations, and local community members of the Ogiek of Mt…
02.04.24
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Community Video: Release of Aquatic Turtles in the Kankiam Basin, Morona, territory of Wampis Nation

In 2023, during the first phase of the aquatic turtle repopulation component of the Pathways project, four communities of the Kankaim (Morona) river basin have released a total of 3291 hatchlings of two species - Taricaya and Charapa - into the Kankaim oxbow lakes. Watch…
02.04.24

A Survey of Jurisprudence Affecting Indigenous Peoples and their Ancestral Land and Resource Rights in the Philippines (2009-2023)

This survey presents an overview of the current legal framework on indigenous peoples’ rights in the Philippines. It historicizes the legal recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights, including territorial rights in Philippine national laws and explores how this finds interpretation through a review of existing jurisprudence…
13.03.24
A new dawn Mt.Elgon forest. Photo by Dickence, CIPDP

Report on baseline study of the existing policy frameworks for IPLCs on recognition of land rights and indigenous and local knowledge in the context of biodiversity conservation in Kenya

The baseline study of the current policy framework for IPLCs on recognition of land rights and indigenous and local knowledge in the context of biodiversity conservation in Kenya is a project of the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). The objectives of the consultancy assignment were to…
07.03.24
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E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration

This declaration was developed at the Asia Regional Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Biodiversity, and Climate Change, held on November 5-8, 2023 in Krabi, Thailand. “Life and land are the same. We are the same as the land. We come from the land. We go…
04.01.24
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National Roundtable

National Roundtable Discussion on Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity in the Philippines

A national Roundtable Discussion on Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity was held on November 29-30, 2023 through the collaboration of Partners for Indigenous Knowledge Philippines, Centers of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Philippine ICCA, NTFP-EP Asia, PAFID, and Tebtebba, with support from Transformative Pathways. With…
20.12.23
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Sustainable food systems learning exchange

Learning Exchange on Sustainable Food Systems

During the last learning exchange held in March 2023, there was enthusiasm among the home gardeners to exchange knowledge from their actual experiences.  One recommendation that came out was to continue learning exchanges through holding garden visits. On this note, PIKP conducted another learning exchange…
20.12.23
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Besao Leaders Forum

Indigenous Leaders Forum held in Besao, Mountain Province

There were lively discussions addressing the challenges eroding Besao culture during the Leaders Forum held in Besao, Mountain Province. A majority of elders from all the four ancestral communities gave their insights into the dwindling community practices such as the use of the dap-ay as…
20.12.23
Sunset over Wampis village of Soledad, Peru. Credit Vicki Brown, FPP

Executive Summary: Baseline study of the legal framework of land rights and ancestral knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities in Peru

This study examines the recognition of the land rights and ancestral knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities in Peru. It systematically analyses the relevant national and sub-national legal framework, judicial and administrative decisions, relevant public policies and interviews with representatives of indigenous peoples’ organisations.…
13.12.23
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Crias de taricaya y charapa en artesas CC.NN. Puerto Juan

Wampís to release aquatic turtles in the Kankaim Basin, Morona

The Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW), through the management groups of the San Juan, Puerto Juan, Sánchez Cerro, and San Francisco de Chiwaza communities in the Morona District, Datem del Marañón Province, will be releasing 3,205 hatchlings of Yellow-spotted river turtles “Taricaya”…
04.12.23
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Local artists perform “moomi olee kerkeey kooreenyoo”, a song about the splendor

Conservation through application of traditional practices and indigenous knowledge

Indigenous communities are perhaps the only groups of people in Africa who still maintain their traditional values and culture. Often, their way of life is dictated by their environment and available natural resources, and to live in harmony with nature, they have to develop ways…
04.12.23
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Demonstration on quadrat method of data collection

Community Based Biodiversity monitoring

ICCS training on biodiversity monitoring methods The Interdisciplinary Centre For Conservation Science (ICCS) is a research group based in the Department of Biology, University of Oxford. Through research and collaboration across the world, the ICCS and its fellows work at the interface of social and…
04.12.23
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Fred Kibelio of Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples Development Project(CIPDP) presents an example of a map created using Mapeo during a Transformative Pathways side event at WG8(j) in Geneva, November 2023 Credit Gordon John Thomas

Transformative Pathways activities showcased at international biodiversity conference

At the Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions in Geneva, members of the Transformative Pathways project held a side event to highlight the work Indigenous Peoples are doing to monitor their cultural and biological diversity. On the 14th of November 2023, five representatives…
27.11.23
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Wampis woman planting taricaya eggs, in the Puerto Juan Indigenous Community.

Recovering aquatic turtles in the Kankaim Basin, Morona

The taricaya and the charapa are the two most important species of aquatic turtles due to the contribution of their eggs and meat in the diet of the local population, as well as a source of economic income from the commercialisation of these natural products.…
01.09.23
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Processes promoted in the family

In June 2022, we began the implementation of the Transformative Pathways project, which works to support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to lead and scale up conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. These actions will also serve to conserve and protect the natural environments where…
01.09.23
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IIFB Indigenous caucus at COP15 in Montreal, Canada.

Indigenous Peoples and the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Agreement

During UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 meeting in Montreal, December 2022, representatives from Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), UNEP-WCMC, Indigenous Information Network (IIN), The Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and IMPECT all participated. Global and local project partners supported…
30.08.23
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Fiorella (37) and her daughter Yuliana (9) select the best cedar seeds that they store to reforest the edge of their plots.

“Inside the forest instead of planting, trees are being cut down”.

Fiorella Lopez Manchari is a 37-year-old Yanesha woman who lives in Unión de la Selva, Peru. Fiorella grew up with her grandmother until the age of seven when she had to migrate to Lima to work.   "All my life I have always liked to generate…
21.08.23