Traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples Why should it be at the heart of discussions on early warning systems and agriculture? | Land Portal

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March 2015
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©Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) would like to provide the following recommendations to the 42nd session of the SBSTA:

  • Recognize, protect, document and promote the rich traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples relating to disasters and weather forecasting
  • Build the capacity of indigenous peoples to understand and use appropriate modern technology and tools relating to early warning systems
  • Guarantee the access of indigenous peoples to appropriate disaster risk reductions tools and techniques
  • Integrate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples with appropriate modern techniques, tools and innovations by taking into account the specific circumstances and conditions of indigenous peoples while developing early warning systems
  • Ensure the participation of indigenous peoples and pertinent stakeholders in the development of early warning systems
  • Recognize and protect the sustainable practice of shifting cultivation/rotational agriculture as sustainable agro-forestry practice that enhances biodiversity, provide food security and livelihoods to millions of indigenous peoples
  • Encourage the parties to undertake immediate review and reform of policy relating to the practice of shifting cultivation and the declaration of national parks that are in violation of the rights of indigenous peoples relating to their lands, territories and resources, and to food security
  • Review other types of development projects and mitigation measures such as biofuel plantations, large hydropower dams which pose serious risks and increase vulnerability to sustainable agriculture including on the food security, traditional livelihoods/ occupation of indigenous peoples
  • Ensure the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples including women in the conduct of assessment of the risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems at all levels

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The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1988 by indigenous peoples' movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples' rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to indigenous peoples. At present, AIPP has 47 members from 14 countries in Asia with 14 National Formations, 15 Sub-national Formations and 18 Local Formations. Of this number, 6 are Indigenous Women's Organizations and 4 are Indigenous Youth Organizations.

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