Policy Briefs and Information Service
Download Tebtebba Policy Briefs, Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service releases.
Nicaragua Indigenous Community Maps Lands to Secure Rights
Filename: tiis - march 18 2014d.pdf
File Size: 1.53 MB
Date: 18 March 2014
Miguel Bikan, a little known Miskito indigenous community in Waspam under the Regional Autonomous Government of the North Atlantic in Nicaragua, has finally mapped its territories and through this had settled demarcation of boundaries with neighboring communities.
Coping with Climate Change and Defining Own Development
Filename: tiis - february 17 2014b.pdf
File Size: 1.22 MB
Date: 14 February 2014
The cool mountain climate of a large part of the Mexican southern state of Oaxaca, home to about a million indigenous Zapotec people, is now getting warmer—a situation that has proved to be both a boon and a bane for the upland farming folk.
Indigenous Representatives Help Review Biodiversity Strategies, Action Plans
Filename: tiis - february 4 2014.pdf
File Size: 3.49 MB
Date: 04 February 2014
Indigenous and local community representatives participated in a global workshop to review each country’s National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans or NBSAPs and prepare each country to set indicators for what is called the Aichi Biodiversity Targets covering 2011 to 2020.
Indigenous Leaders Count Gains from UN Climate Change Meet
Filename: tiis - dec 6 2013.pdf
File Size: 2.61 MB
Date: 06 December 2013
Returning delegates of the recent UN climate change talks brought home not news of gloom and doom but something positive, which may yet help bring justice to island countries such as the Philippines that often get battered by extreme climate patterns attributed to greenhouse gas emission-related global warming.
Indonesia's Batak Keen on Recovering Grabbed Lands
Filename: tiis - oct 8 2013.pdf
File Size: 5.02 MB
Date: 08 October 2013
Manuhap Pandiangan easily climbed a 10-inch-diameter straight tree through two small pieces of two-foot long hard wood tightly fastened around the tree with a nylon rope. Then he uttered some prayers, and—around the tree up to about over 20 feet (5.88 meters) high—pierced the tree’s bark with a sharp knife, leaving several wounds on the tree’s bark.
Information Systems Can Empower Indigenous Communities
Filename: tiis - july 23 2013b.pdf
File Size: 3.56 MB
Date: 23 July 2013
Once trained about research methods and information systems, indigenous communities can have full control over data and information about their lands and resources. And these vital data and information can help protect them from systematic land grab.
Manila Global Workshop Spurs Interest in Indigenous Studies
Filename: tiis - july 3 2013.pdf
File Size: 3.57 MB
Date: 03 July 2013
At a time when Western paradigms are acknowledged to be in crisis, some 60 local and foreign scholars, indigenous leaders, researchers and educators, activists, policymakers, and practitioners met here for a revived interest in indigenous models of learning and education.
World's Indigenous Leaders Firm UP Partnership with IFAD
Filename: tiis - march 6 2013.pdf
File Size: 2.16 MB
Date: 06 March 2013
Indigenous peoples’ leaders and representatives from various parts worldwide have sought to strengthen and improve their partnership with a UN financial institution, which specializes in supporting agricultural programs that seek to help address hunger and poverty.
A Love Affair with African Nightcrawlers
Filename: tiis - feb 13 2013b.pdf
File Size: 2.26 MB
Date: 13 February 2013
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines, 13 February (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Sister Alice Sobreviñas and Moren Macay, a young information technology graduate, share something in common. Both have fallen in love with Eugene.
A Love Affair with African Nightcrawlers (2.26 MB)
Coping with "New Normal" in Philippine Climate
Filename: tiis - feb 5 2013.pdf
File Size: 4.20 MB
Date: 05 February 2013
For years the indigenous Ivatan folk of Batanes islands in northern Philippines have learned to cope with strong typhoons, which have since become part of their lives every rainy season.
Respecting Indigenous Peoples' Sacred Sites
Filename: tiis - jan 28 2013.pdf
File Size: 3.69 MB
Date: 29 January 2013
Owing to his close affinity with the spirit world, his ancestors, his ancestral domain and Mother Nature, Datu Doming Tumaytay is adept in identifying medicinal and other important plants he has been familiar with since childhood. The tribal chief from Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte in southern Philippines can identify certain herbs and trees, which, he says, can be tapped to treat certain ailments.
Devastating Philippine Cyclone Sends Message to Climate Talks Negotiators
Filename: tiis - dec 7 2012.pdf
File Size: 3.11 MB
Date: 07 December 2012
An unusually devastating Philippine cyclone has sent an urgent message to those lobbying for a strong global policy to address the impacts of climate change.
Making the Green Climate Fund Respond to Indigenous Peoples' Needs
Filename: tiis - nov 30 2012b.pdf
File Size: 2.29 MB
Date: 30 November 2012
Even as they have to push for “full and effective participation” at the Green Climate Fund Board meetings and during climate negotiations, indigenous peoples’ representatives are optimistic that the Fund, once available, can help respond to their climate change-related needs, concerns and issues.
Best Practice Stories Inspire Hope for Philippine Indigenous Communities
Filename: tiis - nov 27 2012.pdf
File Size: 2.98 MB
Date: 27 November 2012
FOR DECADES, over 300 indigenous upland folk in remote Ngibat village in Kalinga province in northern Philippines had been groping literally in the dark. The villagers had never experienced cooking dinner at an electric bulb-lit kitchen and school children had never enjoyed doing their homework under an electric light after the sun would set. Not until 1992.
Indigenous Peoples Enhance Traditional, Earth-Friendly Livelihoods
Filename: tiis - oct 11 2012.pdf
File Size: 3.58 MB
Date: 11 October 2012
To grow corn, their main staple, many indigenous communities in the upland regions of Mexico need to clear a portion of their forests. But they leave cleared areas fallow after a few years so these could regenerate into secondary forests.
Still, they realized that there must be a better way than the usual practice of clearing a portion of the forests and burning this in order to grow corn and other upland crops....
Statement of Tebtebba on the Killing of Genesis Ambason
Filename: tiis - sept 20 2012.pdf
File Size: 2.09 MB
Date: 21 September 2012
These continuing acts of violence against indigenous peoples in the country are truly despicable and reprehensible. We, in Tebtebba, express our sympathies to the family of Genesis Ambason, the Secretary General of Tagdumahan, who was tortured and killed on September 13, 2012 (around 8pm) at Km. 39, Brgy. Binikalan, San Luis, Agusan del Sur in southern Philippines. We condemn strongly this act and the perpetrators, allegedly, the members of the CAFGU (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) of the 26th Infantry Battalion headed by Artemio Sublidan.
Community Maps Can Empower Indigenous Peoples to Assert Land Rights
Filename: tiis - sept 19 2012 3.pdf
File Size: 2.77 MB
Date: 18 September 2012
Bangkok, THAILAND, 14 September (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – An Australian-Filipino mining company during a September 2011 public consultation mobilized its “experts.” Their goal: to persuade local officials and indigenous and local communities about the “safety, merits and sustainability” of the company’s US$5.8-billion project in southern Philippines.
Mapas Comunitarios Pueden Empoderar A Los Pueblos Indígenas Para Hacer Valer Derechos Ancestrales Sobre Sus Territorios
Filename: tiis - sept 19 2012 spanish.pdf
File Size: 2.38 MB
Date: 14 February 2013
Una compañía minera australiana-filipina, durante una consulta pública en septiembre 2011 movilizó a sus “expertos”, con el objetivo de persuadir a las autoridades locales y las comunidades indígenas sobre los “méritos y de seguridad, sostenibilidad “del proyecto de minería de $ 5,8 mil millones de dólares que la compañía deseaba invertir en el sur de Filipinas.
Empowering Indigenous Women to Reclaim and Manage Their Lands and Forests
Filename: tiis - aug 25 2012 3.pdf
File Size: 3.36 MB
Date: 24 August 2012
Baguio City, Philippines, 25 August (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Indigenous woman leader Norairri Thoungmuengthong of the Karen community in Thailand has found a way of helping her village mates reclaim and eventually manage their lands and forests. By joining local politics, that is.
“With more indigenous women in local politics, they can help craft policies that ensure and guarantee their rights, which include rights to security of tenure of their lands and forests,” said the chairperson of the Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand.
"Self-determined development' approaches - Indonesia's Dayak Peoples Show Way Out of Poverty
Filename: tiis - aug 22 2012.pdf
File Size: 2.78 MB
Date: 22 August 2012
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 22 August (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Going to school and learning to read and write used to be an impossible dream for many of the indigenous Dayak peoples of Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Feeling helpless and long subordinated in the process of developing the nation, the Dayak used to be regarded as “dumb and stupid” owing to their lack of formal education.