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Sustainable livelihoods

Sustainable livelihoods build on Indigenous Peoples’ deep and long-term relationships with their lands and waters, and embody values, knowledge systems and sustainable practices that conserve biodiversity. Based on systems of customary sustainable use stretching back generations, these livelihoods patterns evolve and develop responding to changing conditions.   

This project partners with communities and peoples to revitalize and innovate ecosystem-based livelihood options supporting long-term sustainable use and conservation of territories and resources, community health and family well-being.  

Ogiek women engage in basketry. Bamboo baskets replace use of plastic materials in Chepkitale. Photo by Dickence/CIPDP

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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…
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…

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…

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…
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…
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…

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This work is critical because in too many countries, governments fail to provide the policy and legal frameworks needed to allow customary sustainable use patterns to thrive and fail to provide for modest but vital monetary income in rural and remote communities.  

Sustainable livelihood initiatives supported by this project aim to build on traditional practices and support indigenous communities to develop income-generating activities which may include ecotourism, sustainable agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and production of artisanal crafts. 

Sustainable livelihoods are important for maintaining cultural and ecological diversity, reducing poverty, and promoting equitable and inclusive development. However, their success often depends on the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights, particularly to lands, territories and resources, and their full participation in decision-making processes, as well as government recognition or and support for the continuity and resilience of traditional occupations. 

two women dying material in blue buckets
Traditional dyeing techniques with Dharma at Huai E Kang, Thailand. Photo by Sunaree/PASD