CADPI serves as the lead partner of Tebtebba for the project in Nicaragua, in cooperation with local territorial and communal assemblies and directive boards, as well as the regional university (URACCAN). The selected demonstration project site is the Territory of Tasba Pri that is part of the Municipality of Puerto Cabezas or Bilwi under the Regional Autonomo Atlantica Norte (RAAN). The regional autonomous government has achieved legal autonomous political status for the past 15 years. It has developed its legal framework and is working for the demarcation and titling of the whole regional territory that includes the 29 communities of Tasba Pri Territory.
Tasba Pri territory is characterized as an area with multi-ethnic and multi-cultural population, where the indigenous Miskitus live with the mestizo ethnic group. It has its own territorial organization led by the Union of Tasba Pri (UCOTAP) as the territorial assembly. The UCOTAP elects the Territorial Development Directive Board that coordinates activities at the territory and plans the comprehensive development of all the communities. Each of the communities has a Communal Assembly, the highest decision-making authority in these communities, and a Communal Directive Board. However, there is insufficient representation of women in these assemblies. Eight of the 29 communities of Tasba Pri form part of the demonstration area. These communities have a total population of 8,484, majority of whom are the Miskitu indigenous peoples. The minority mestizos, who are migrants from the Pacific area, on the other hand now live in four of the communities.
Last November 21-28, 2009, Tebtebba’s Climate Team undertook a community visit to the project demonstration area in Indonesia. The visit commenced with a partners' meeting and workshop with ID and AMAN to discuss and firm up their implementation plan. This gave the team the opportunity to gain more insights on how our partners work and the depth of their work towards the revitalization and restitution of the Dayak cultural heritage especially in these two villages. They have been working in these communities for more than 10 years now.
The team was able to visit only one of the demo areas, which is the village of Tanjung, due to time constraints and geographical factors. To reach the village of Tanjung, one has to traverse a long distance through rough road from Ketapang City, West Kalimantan Province in the island of Borneo. The team was on the road longer than the regular four-hour drive due to rainy that made the road much harder to traverse.
For centuries, an intrinsic and harmonious connection was shared between indigenous peoples and the nature of their territory. Now, as a result of the climatic change brought by the action of men, these same indigenous peoples are facing threats to their subsistence in their ancestral lands. In the Andes, the snowcapped mountains that provide water to the towns of the mountain range are melting too fast and are in danger of disappearance. Torrential rains affect their cultures. In the Amazon forests, people observe changes in biodiversity and in their traditional way of life. "Between Waters" explores the tribulations and difficulties that the indigenous peoples of Peru face, people who have contributed the least to climate change but, nevertheless, suffer the most from the adverse effects on their environment.
Produced by Centro de Culturas Indígenas el Perú (CHIRAPAQ), this video is carried out with the support of Tebtebba, IFAD and NORAD. Director - Ludovico Pigeon; Overall Coordinator - Tarcila Rivera Zea; Executive Producer - Nestor Casafranca. 2010.
"The Philippine Orientation Workshop - Gaining deeper understanding among indigenous peoples on Climate Change and REDD+"
By Jo Ann Guillao, Maribeth Bugtong and Mikara Jubay
The worsening condition of the climate is no longer a debatable issue - it is now a reality that is overwhelmingly destabilizing the life and resources of indigenous peoples. Apart from the extreme impacts of climate change on their livelihood, the social, health and cultural well-being of indigenous peoples have also been negatively affected, making them worse off than before. It is a global challenge that is negatively impacting indigenous peoples in the Philippines, depriving them of their livelihoods and undermining efforts to achieve self-determined development.
To discuss these impacts on their lives, over 25 indigenous leaders and advocates from Luzon and Mindanao in the Philippines attended the Orientation Workshop on Climate Change, REDD+, and Indigenous Peoples held on May 21-22, 2010 in Baguio City, northern Philippines. Each participant provided a report on the impacts of climate change in their respective communities, successful adaptation strategies being employed and recommendations for further action.
The two-day orientation-workshop also aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of climate change, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and, in the process, map out strategies that will maximize the participation of indigenous peoples on the issues affecting them.