Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty



Bangladesh
Title Adivasi Rights Development Project (ARDP)

Year 2011
Organization NGOAB/Adivasi Resource Development Organization (ARDO)

Area of project implementation Bangladesh, Mymensingh, Dhobaura

IP Group Garos, Hajong, Banai and Khatriyas

Grant amount US$39,500

Project description The Project is aimed to promote the rights of language, culture, land and women & child of Ethnic Minorities. It will arrange to teach children language, songs, dances, rhymes and history of ethnic minorities. A partnership will be built between the primary schools of Garo Baptist Convention (GBC) and Catholic Parishes of Mymensingh Catholic Diocese (MCD) to run language learning activities with 10 primary schools where at least 3000 pupils study. These learning activities will also include at least 2000 children from 10 villages.
ARDO will provide advocacy, lobby and legal support to the victims of land and women & child rights violations. Necessary awareness training, seminars and day observations, will be organized to benefit 6680 individuals directly and approximately 15000 individuals indirectly. From January 2012 to December 2013, it is expected that a total of 21680 peoples will benefit from this project.

 

India
Title Reclaiming the Commons with Women’s Power: Eco-village development in Tribal Odisha

Year 2011
Organization Agragamee/Amasangathan

Area of project implementation India - Odisha State - (Districts - Rayagada)

IP Group Kandha Paraja & Jhodia Paraja tribe

Grant amount US$43,500
Project description The objective of the project, is to develop 2 eco-villages combining indigenous peoples’ resources with development of agro-ecological models, based on perma-culture principles, and optimization of local genetic resources. It will train women, and advocate for recognition of land rights. The development of family farms and eco-villages will check the rate of deforestation and degradation, and the plantations on commons will lead to regeneration of forest cover to provide food, livelihood and energy security in the long run. Traditional practices will be strengthened by enabling legislations, including Tribal Forest Rights Act, as well as Provisions of Panchayats, extension of Scheduled Areas Act to ensure institutional and legal sanction to lands brought under ecological use and management. Training and advocacy efforts will be taken up, to extend practice and learning to all Panchayats.


Title Promoting Culture, Human Rights & Socio-Economic Opportunities Of The Hmars

Year 2011
Organization Bible Hill Youth Club & Hill Tribes Mission Aid of India

Area of project implementation India, Tipaimukh area, Churachandpur district

IP Group Hmar indigenous hill tribes

Grant amount US$32,000

Project description The scope of the Project is to empower indigenous peoples, specifically women and youth and to protect cultural, political & socio-economic rights, by facilitating alternative livelihood means through broad-based weaving skill training and micro-enterprises formation. A Community Training & Production Centre will be set up to create a Community Revolving Fund for sustainability. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People; Article 2 (Human Rights), Article 11 (Cultural), Article 20 & 23 (Socio-Economic Rights), will be promoted by mobilizing other local stakeholders.

 

Lao People's Democratic Republic
Title Indigenous Families Life Skills Project

Year 2011
Organization Community Association for Mobilising Knowledge in Development

Area of project implementation 14 indigenous villages in Houayxay and Phaoudom districts, Bokeo Province, Lao PDR

IP Group Khmu and Hmong

Grant amount US$39,500

Project description The project goal is to improve the quality of life of indigenous village women and their families in 14 targeted villages of the Bokeo province by increasing their capacity and confidence through advocacy activities for protection of rights and improvement of livelihoods. The project will undertake awareness raising, leadership training, support nursery establishments and management of NFTP, construct a field station and strengthen CAMKID. It includes a Community Life School designed to fit in with the local culture, strongly participatory and particularly focused on women.

 

Nepal
Title Empowering Tharu by Promoting Cultural Values

Year 2011
Organization New Resource Mobilization Center

Area of project implementation Saundiyar, Dharna, Dhikpur, Duruwa, Laxmpur, Rampur, Narayanpur, Manpur, Urahari, Uakali, Hapur, Bajuri, Halower, Phulbari, Ghorahi

IP Group Tharu

Grant amount US$46,000

Project description This project aims to support Tharu systems and cultural traditions by highlighting sustainability, peace, and prosperity, both within and outside the community. It aims to:

  • strengthen the tribal governmental system (Mathau system);
  • building strategic alliances with formal government systems;
  • promoting the cultural arts through dance, music and video, and
  • empowering women through strategic income generation programmes which support environmental and cultural sustainability.

 

Papua New Guinea
Title Cultivation and production of edible and medicinal mushrooms

Year 2011
Organization The University of Goroka

Area of project implementation Papua New Guinea, Eastern Highlands Province.

IP Group Kiovi Tribe

Grant amount US$47,000

Project description The main objective of this project is to support the tribal community into being self-reliant through sustainable utilization of their bio-resources and conservation of their forests and tribal heritage. The University, through its Centre for Natural Resources and Development (CNRRD), will undertake training and skills transfer on the development of pure culture of indigenous strains of edible and medicinal mushroom species, preparation of inoculums and how to transfer these onto appropriate substrates, how to control humidity and temperature, post-harvest handling, and market research. The anticipated result is that the community participants will be able to grow a sufficient amount of mushrooms for their consumption and for the market. They will be able to send their children to school, access health care services, pay for food and clothes and in general improve the living standard in the village.

 

Philippines
Title Enhancing the Practice of Indigenous Knowledge in Support of Socio-economic Survival of Indigenous Women in the Urban Setting

Year 2011
Organization Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center, Inc.

Area of project implementation Sadanga Village, Saclit village and San Luis Extention in Baguio in the Cordillera region, Philippines

IP Group Igorot women who are originally from the interior villages of Sadanga and Bontoc in the Mountain Province

Grant amount US$40,000
Project description The project intends to enhance the practice of indigenous knowledge among indigenous women in poor urban communities in support of their economic survival in the context of a diminishing practice in the urban setting. Using the indigenous knowledge of ayyew and ubbo/ugfo/innabuyog, indigenous households in poor urban communities, contribute in reducing waste through a cooperative waste management with the aid of vermin-culture. This supports the traditional practice of indigenous households in using every space of the land, even stone walls, productive for vegetables, medicinal herbs and root crops. Further, the project will be used for advocacy on viable self-driven development of indigenous women and their households of a community-based waste management, whilst increasing their food sources with the practice of indigenous knowledge. Ultimately, the project will contribute in strengthening indigenous women in poor urban communities and advance their socio-economic, political and cultural status.

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Title Empowerment of the Mangyan Indigenous Peoples for the Defence, Promotion and Advancement of IP Rights and Cultures

Year 2011
Organization HAGIBBAT- (Hanunuo, Alangan, Gubatnon, Iraya, Buhid, Bangon, Tadyawan) - MANGYAN MINDORO

Area of project implementation Mindor Oriental and Mindoro Occidental, Philippines

IP Group Mangyan Indigenous peoples comprising of seven tribes

Grant amount US$36,500

Project description The Project primarily aims to strengthen the capabilities and capacities of the inter-tribal Indigenous Peoples Rights Watch and the Indigenous Peoples Rights Committees, in each of the seven tribal organizations by building local organizational and community capacities and mechanisms to defend Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Rights. These are addressed through a series of education-campaign and training development on Indigenous Peoples Rights issues and policies and human rights cases documentation, monitoring and reporting. Advocacy and networking will also be carried out as integral strategies to serve as venues of information and support building for the advancement of IP rights and promote greater understanding on the Mangyan Indigenous Peoples’ plight, customary laws and indigenous worldviews on land, life and rights.

 

Solomon Island
Title Mangrove Rehablitation for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Year 2011
Organization Aoke Langanga Constituency Apex Association (ALCAA)

Area of project implementation SOLOMO ISLAND

IP Group LANGA LANGA INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Grant amount US$40,000

Project description Langa Langa Lagoon had people being known as the salt water people. This identity gained from ancestor and parent due to their close links to the sea, island and all the natural resources. This people have their own rule and regulation on how to wisely use their natural resources and protect them. The project will aim to revive and enhance the ecosystem and services the mangrove forest can provide for the livelihood in the Lango Lango Lagoon through education and awareness and implementing activities which will foster adaptation and mitigation for the climate change impact on the island.

 


Projects approved in 2007-2008

Bangladesh
Title Integrated sustainable hill farming technology project for indigenous women

Year 2008
Organization Assistance for the Livelihood of the Origin (ALO)

IP Group Chakma, Tripura and Marma

Grant amount US$15,000

Project description This project aims to promote the socio-economic empowerment of the communities of Khagrachari Hill District, especially women, through the adoption of integrated and sustainable farming technologies to increase agricultural production and improve household food security. The project builds on two components:  (a) promoting community-driven development; and (b) technology transfer on sustainable hill farming by means of providing training, establishing seed production centers and market linkages, and providing microcredit support.

 
Title Mainstreaming education through mother tongue and culture

Year 2008
Organization Centre for Indigenous Peoples Research and Development (CIPRAD)

IP Group Garo

Grant amount US$16,000

Project description The project seeks to revive the language and culture of the Garos through the introduction and development of multilingual education in community schools in the Tangail and Sherpur districts and through documentation and publication of the Garo cultural heritage. A multilingual syllabus will be introduced in 50 primary schools. Traditional songs, story telling, and traditional dances and folklore will also be collected and disseminated.

 
Title Livelihood Security of Jumia (swidden people) bringing diversification in cultivation
Year 2007
Organization Community Advancement Forum (CAF)
Indigenous peoples group Communities of the Bandarban Hill District, Bangladesh
Grant amount US$ 26,900
Project description The Bandarban Hill District is covered by hilly ranges. The residents of this area are called Jumia (swidden people). Their primitive Jhum cultivation is no longer profitable to them as the soil fertility has decreased and the virgin forest areas reduced. This project has been designed to improve the socio-economic situation of the Chittagong Hills Tract indigenous peoples by ensuring their livelihood security while raising awareness among people for diversification of Jum (Swidden) cultivation. The project will increase family income while establishing the formation of farmer groups at village level. 200 Jhumias/marginal farmers will benefit from this project, gaining access to new technology for cultivation of year round vegetable/cash crops on the slope lands and being involved in awareness raising in the villages through motivation, workshops and discussion.

Cambodia
Title District level networking of Kui Communities in northern Cambodia for livelihoods development
Year 2007
Organization Organization to Promote Kui Culture (OPKC)
Indigenous peoples group Kui communities of the Chhep, Chey Sen, Rovieng, Tbeng Meanchey, and Choam Khsan districts, Preah Vihear province and Sandan and Prasath Ballang districts, Kompong Thom province
Grant amount US$21,800
Project description Most Kui communities depend heavily on natural resources, including water, land, forestry, and fisheries. As a result of this project, indigenous communities will benefit from improved management of natural resources through training at district level in all seven districts, as well as, building the capacity of Kui women to become community leaders and leaders within the networks. Training will be on women’s rights, leadership, and relevant laws.

China
Title The visualization way of Naxi language transmission

Year 2008
Organization Yulong Culture and Gender Research Center

IP Group Naxi

Grant amount US$19,000

Project description To address the situation of the disappearing Naxi language, especially among the younger generation, this project seeks to preserve and promote the language of the Naxi people in Yunnan Province, through an audio/video production of children's songs and games. The project is expected to bring pride and self-consciousness to the community. Audio/video materials will be distributed in local schools.

India
Title Building the capacity of indigenous peoples to cope, adapt or mitigate the effects of climate change on their livelihoods and environments

Year 2008
Organization Centre for Development Action (CDA)

IP Group Kisans, Kharias and Birhors

Grant amount US$15,000

Project description The proposed project seeks to address indigenous peoples' vulnerability to the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, particularly in the Sundergarh district in Orissa. The project builds on the beneficiaries’ traditional knowledge in coping and mitigating the effects of climate change. Adaptation and mitigation strategies will be developed and disseminated by the communities for purposes of information and lobbying on decision-making processes related to climate change.

 
Title Ensuring secured livelihoods for tribal communities through sustainable management of natural resources

Year 2008
Organization Liberal Association For Movement of People (LAMP)

IP Group Kolha, Santal community

Grant amount US$16,000

Project description This project seeks to support the tribal communities in the Mayurbanj District of Orissa State to improve their socio-economic situation, in a context where access to resources is steadily diminishing. To alleviate poverty, integrated agricultural development and sustained employment are required. The objective of the project is two-fold: (a) to create alternative livelihoods through development of agricultural and non-agricultural activities; and (b) to strengthen the Federation of Self-Help-Groups and other institutions in preparation for taking over responsibility for continuing programmes at the local level.

 
Title Building the capacity of the tribal community to use the Right to Information Act for solving issues related to “The Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006

Year 2008
Organization YOJANA

IP Group Bonda and Didai

Grant amount US$16,000

Project description The project seeks to build capacity and raise awareness among the Bonda and Didai tribes of Orissa on the Forests Rights Act and the Right to Information Act. The project aims to empower tribal people to improve their access to land and tenure security through village-level land titling.

 
Title Indigenous Jenukuruba community empowerment and natural farming for sustainable livelihood
Year 2007
Organization The Nisarga Foundation
Indigenous peoples group The Jenukuruba community of the Mysore District in Karnataka
Grant amount US$22,000
Project description This project focuses on capacity-building with the promotion of natural farming in 5 tribal habitats to achieve food security by developing agricultural land, planting fruit and fodder trees and adopting natural methods of cultivations. The project will benefit 300 families while creating critical awareness on tribal issues to plan for rebuilding indigenous cultural identities and forest life. Women will be encouraged to become promoters and advocates of tribal cultural identity. The promotion of tribal traditional skills including herbal medicine will be an emphasis, as will, networking locally, regionally, nationally and at  a global level to create  indigenous networks for solidarity and social justice.

 
Title Participatory learning, institutional design and collective action
Year 2007
Organization The Raigarh Ambikapur Health Association (RAHA)
Indigenous peoples group Oraon tribe of the four districts of northern Chhattisgarh in central India
Grant amount US$25,000
Project description Focusing in the area of capacity –building this project aims to support indigenous peoples’ efforts to come together in participatory learning, institutional design and collective action through the facilitation of Participatory Learning Action  (PLA) exercises and analysis at the village level. The community will identify the poor among them, draft a purposeful activity model to solve problems in their communities while determining the requisite resources, the capital, operation, maintenance, infrastructure & coordination costs. Rules to govern their new institution and the mechanisms for feedback will also be looked at, while establishing the communities with a local level institutions network to share experiences, information and new knowledge. The issues that emerge from this experience will influence political decisions in favor of indigenous peoples.

 
Title Revival and revitalization of the historical heritage and cultural identity of the Santals in Jharkhand and adjacent state of West Bengal
Year 2007
Organisation All India Santal Welfare and Cultural Society (AISWACS)
Indigenous peoples group Santal Tribal communities of the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal
Grant amount US$25,500
Project design Adivasi communities have a rich history, culture and mythology, which transmits and transcends from generation to generation. This project is based on the revitalization of cultural heritage. It aims to create critical awareness on Adivasi culture and history among Adivasi and non-Adivasi communities and to capacitate the villagers in development of the ability to critically analyze and identify their own historical and cultural heritage, unmask myth-based superstition and politically motivated distortion of history and assert own historical and cultural identity. It looks to reorganize, revitalize and strengthen the cultural and historical roots of Adivasi communities of Jharkhand by conducting research on Adivasi historical and cultural heritage, with the development of print media and audio-visual/electronic media, a 10 day workshop for and a campaign on cultural and historical heritage will also be organized.

Indonesia
Title Mapping and spatial planning of the management area of Tana Ai traditional community located in and around Egon Ilimedo and Wuko Lewoloro forest areas, Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia

Year 2008
Organization Jaringan Kerja Pemetaan Partisipatif  (JKPP) (Indonesian Community Mapping Network)

IP Group Tana Ai

Grant amount US$25,000

Project description This project addresses the need of the Tana Ai in East Nusatenggara province to empower themselves to assert their rights and resolve conflicts over traditional lands and foresta and to collectively manage these resources in partnership with government authorities at the local, district and state levels. In 14 villages, participatory mapping and spatial planning will be facilitated to clarify Tana Ai’s traditional land and forest rights.

Laos
Title Indigenous knowledge conservation and promotion project

Year 2008
Organization Community Knowledge Support Association (CKSA)

IP Group Akha

Grant amount US$21,000

Project description This project seeks to strengthen and preserve indigenous peoples’ knowledge in Louang Namtha Province. Through research, documentation and publication of Akha indigenous knowledge, traditional and culturally appropriate sustainable development practices focusing on traditional plants, seed banking and natural resources management, this project aims to improve the livelihoods of Akha’s communities.

Malaysia
Title Bario Radio

Year 2008
Organization E-Bario Sdn Bhd

IP Group The Kelabit, Penan, Lun Bawan, and Sa'ban

Grant amount US$20,000

Project description Through the establishment of a community radio station that will disseminate information and awareness-raising services to the entire island, this project aims at empowering the indigenous peoples in the highlands of north-central Borneo located in Sarawak and Sabah in Malaysia, and in Kalimantan in Indonesia. The community radio station will focus on the needs of the target groups and will serve as a tool in addressing social exclusion, promoting community development, encouraging cultural and linguistic sustainability, increasing education and training opportunities for local people, and increasing the reach and exchange of local information throughout the target area.

Mongolia
Title Improved livelihood of Tsaatan through biotechnological method
Year 2007
Organization Thenkhleg Khugjil Organization
Indigenous peoples group Tsaatan community Tsagaannnuur soum of Khuvsgul aimag
Grant amount US$17,900
Project description The Tsaatan community is the smallest ethnic group in Mongolia. This proposal aims at improving the livelihood of its 44 families, thus representing the southernmost pure nomadic reindeer culture in the world. Their life is culturally and economically tied to the health of their some 859 reindeers. This project aims at increasing the breeding quality and number of reindeers by undertaking, a pre-project socio-economic study of the pure nomadic Tsaatan, Tender announcement, Training package and handouts development, monitoring and evaluation system development. The main activities of this project include: Selection target households and animals, herder group formation, kick-off meeting, trainings, procurement delivery, artificial insemination, periodic medical check ups and group self-monitoring.

Nepal
Title Chepang community incentives for sustainable livelihoods

Year 2008

Organization Centre for Rural Resource Promotion, CRP Nepal

IP Group Chepang

Grant amount US$15,500
Project description This project aims to achieve socio-economic empowerment for the Chepang indigenous community in Nepal, especially women and deprived members, whose access to productive resources is low and who rely heavily on natural resources to sustain their livelihoods. This will be achieved through institutional development, education and training on sustainable livelihoods, health issues and sustainable resource management, and the provision of seed funding and microcredit. Project activities also include toilet construction, fruit and vegetable farming and goat raising.

 
Title Promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights in the Constitution-making process
Year 2008
Organization Kirat Yakthung Chumlung

IP Group Limbu

Grant amount US$16,000

Project description This project is intended to empower the Limbu indigenous people through awareness-raising and capacity-building to establish Limbuwan autonomy and incorporate indigenous peoples' rights in the new constitution of Nepal. Training will be provided on international instruments such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and International Labour Organization Convention 169, which will be used as a base.  Activities such as organizing a consultation workshop, network formation and an interactive programme with political leaders are included among the advocacy and lobbying activities.

Pakistan
Title Sustainable livelihoods and indigenous cultural preservation project for Brahui tribes

Year 2008

Organization Participatory Development Initiatives [PDI]

IP Group Brahui

Grant amount US$15,000

Project description This project in Balochistan has a two-fold objective: (a) to empower indigenous women through training and marketing of Brahui embroidery; and (b). to promote the threatened  indigenous Brahui language and preserve Brahui traditional cultural heritage and folklore. The project seeks to address key issues of Brahui tribes’ livelihoods by enhancing opportunities for sustainable alternative livelihoods, especially for women. As part of the second objective, folk stories and poetry will be collected and published, audio material with traditional music will be produced, and an alphabet book will be published.  

 
Title Indigenous people on-farm livelihoods. through entrepreneurial development of honey beekeeping for household structures in Kalash

Year 2008
Organization Hashoo Foundation

IP Group Kalash

Grant amount US$15,000

Project description The project aims to enhance the economic situation of the Kalash in Chitral through training and capacity-building in honey beekeeping and marketing. It will provide opportunities for households to generate income locally that will help them sustain their families’ livelihoods. Eighty people will be trained in honeybee farming, modern management practices for improved beekeeping, more efficient honey extraction methods, and improved marketing systems to increase revenues.

Philippines
Title Training indigenous peoples’ organizations in the promotion and implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Year 2008
Organization SILDAP - Southeastern Mindanao

IP Group Mandaya, Mansaka, Dibabawon, Mangguangan and Ata –Manobo

Grant amount US$23,000

Project description The project seeks to empower indigenous peoples to find solutions to challenges they are facing as a result of resource alienation induced by the entry of extractive industries, banana plantations and hydropower corporations without their free and prior informed consent. In addition to individuals, the project also targets 15 indigenous peoples’ organizations for capacity-building.

 
Title A capacity-building programme to advance indigenous people’s human rights

Year 2008
Organization TUMANDUK, (Indigenous Farmers in Defense af Land and Life)

IP Group TUMANDUK

Grant amount US$20,000

Project description This project will utilize community-based education and training programmes to improve the capacity of TUMANDUK to effectively address human rights violations in Central Panay. Two people from each local community will be selected to become human rights workers. They will be trained to become leaders and facilitators for conducting human rights training, human rights monitors and human rights educators at the community level.

 
Title Live and let live: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A mobile theatre-forum      

Year 2008
Organization Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK)

IP Group Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Bontoc, Kalinga  and more

Grant amount US$17,652

Project description This mobile theater will promote the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples among various indigenous communities and universities in the Cordillera region. It is intended to mobilize and empower at least 1,000 audience participants. The theater unfolds the dramatic events in the life of indigenous peoples and presents their rights. The United Nations Declaration will be made relevant to their issues on land rights and the protection of natural ecosystems and their culture. The presentation utilizes indigenous cultural expressions in the vernacular, in music, dance and realistic drama.

 
Title A Study on the Giant Earthworm and its Impact to the Survival of the Cordillera Rice Terraces
Year 2007
Organization Montanosa Research and Development Center, Inc. (MRDC)
Indigenous peoples group The Indigenous Peasants of the Cordillera Region
Grant amount US$ 22,800
Project description The Banaue rice terraces are one of the world's finest examples of their kind. A Unesco world heritage site, the rice terraces, which serve as living monuments of this rich cultural heritage, are inherent to the indigenous people’s way of life. Losing them would also mean losing their identity as a group. But the survival of the Cordillera rice terraces hangs in the balance due to a new species of earthworm that burrows deep into the earth and causes rice terraces to collapse with heavy rain. This project aims to study indigenous and alternative pest management systems to control the giant earthworm infestation, save the rice terraces from destruction, increase rice production and strengthen cultural bondage of the people to their ancestral domains. The project will achieve this by undertaking research and documentation, laboratory analysis chemical analysis of botanical resources, regional workshops for the production of an earthworm management resource kit.

 
Title Capacity building for indigenous communities through alternative health care delivery systems
Year 2007
Organization Dapon Indigenous Peoples Centre, Incorporated
Indigenous peoples group Indigenous communities in the municipality of Kasibu covering Didipio, Muta, and Malabing Valleys. Nueva Vizcaya
Grant amount US$25,000
Project description Nueva Vizcaya is a province located in the North of the Philippines, a region known for its large and diverse indigenous population. This project aims to help empower indigenous communities in the municipality of Kasibu covering Didipio, Muta, and Malabing Valleys by providing basic health services and health skills development trainings to local residents who will eventually become the health providers of the community. Using appropriate indigenous knowledge as a starting point, this project aims to integrate traditional knowledge with western practices of medicine, as well as, oriental healing modalities, to establish a health care system complete with infrastructures and facilities.

Solomon Islands
Title Increasing Community Resilience to Natural Disasters through the Use of Traditional Coping Strategies on the Weather Coast Guadalcanal Communities in the Solomon Islands
Year 2007
Organization International Solomon Island Development Trust (SIDT)
Grant amount US$19,000
More information A number of communities in the Solomon Island face threats to natural disaster such as volcanic eruptions, droughts, tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones, floods and serious wave erosion. All have been struck by at least one of these threats in the last decade. The occurrence of accelerated climate change with its expected impact on disasters has added a new dimension to the discussions and the approach to disaster management activities in the region.
This project is designed to promote the integration and documentation of indigenous knowledge and practices in disaster risk reduction by collecting and establishing a base line data, in the consultation of traditional leaders. The project will also begin a participatory planning process and develop a community-based disaster management plan that would foster self-reliance before during and after disaster.
Community awareness raising and training workshops, fact-finding consultative sessions, and interviews with the indigenous communities will also be organized.

Viet Nam
Title Améliorer Le Revenu des Ménages A travers Le développement et la conservation de Kaki sans pépin de Bac Kan
Year 2007
Organisation Association scientifique pour le développement rural du Viet Nam (PHANO)
Indigenous peoples group Indigenous Farming communities in the District of Cho Don, Province de Bac Kan
Grant amount US$20,000
Project description Persimmon farming is the livelihood for the indigenous farmers of the Cho Don district.  This project is focused in the area of agriculture. It will provide training in biodiversity and management.  The NGO and IPO will be working together to explore biodiversity resources with the aim of contributing to the sustainable socio-economic development of the addressed IPs. The main action to be addressed will be in the area of building capacities in the communities and among local persimmon producers.