22 January, 2020

Our Priority Program Areas and Support Services

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I. Priority Program Areas and Activities


A. Enhancing Capacities for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

  • Research on traditional knowledge systems and customary governance of ecosystem management, including forest ecosystems
  • Mapping of national policies and laws on indigenous peoples’ rights, including tenure and resource rights, and its relationship to climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Development and use of indigenous- and gender-sensitive tools and indicators for monitoring, measuring, reporting and verifying how indigenous peoples’ rights are respected and how other social and environmental safeguards are addressed in climate change initiatives, including REDD Plus and the use of the Green Climate Fund
  • Support partners to develop their climate change adaptation and mitigation plans and programs, including disaster risk preparedness, management and rehabilitation
  • Facilitate effective engagement and advocacy of indigenous representatives from Tebtebba and its partners in key climate change processes at global, regional and national and local levels
  • Support and organize learning exchange visits in indigenous peoples' territories


B. Effective National Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

  • Pilot the ecosystem approach in indigenous peoples’ communities in northern and southern Philippines
  • Establish and strengthen Knowledge and Learning Networks on customary governance, traditional knowledge and sustainable use among indigenous peoples and indigenous women
  • Build capacities of indigenous communities and representatives to effectively engage in the implementation of the CBD at the local to international levels
  • Conduct conferences/workshops and roundtable discussions on legal pluralism, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use
  • Monitor the progress in national implementation of international obligations using indicators relevant for indigenous peoples


C. Promotion and Implementation of International Human Rights Law and the UNDRIP at National, Regional and Global Levels

  • Hold training workshops in Asia, Africa and Latin America on the UNDRIP, International Human Rights Law, UN Treaty Bodies and grievance mechanisms of international and regional financial institutions
  • Develop a core of trainors from the 3 regions and hold training of trainors workshops
  • Support and accompany partners interested to submit complaints and submissions to the UN Treaty Bodies and other grievance mechanisms
  • Organize an informal network of indigenous and non-indigenous lawyers that shall provide training to lawyers and paralegal workers, and handle legal cases
  • Participate in sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, IFAD Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, among others
  • Facilitate engagement of indigenous peoples with the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, etc.  


D. Philippine National Program for Indigenous Peoples’ Empowerment and Sustainable Development

  • Participate in Philippine climate change multistakeholder bodies to ensure the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge in climate change policies and programs
  • Undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building workshops with indigenous peoples’ organizations on IPSSDD
  • Support implementation of IPSSDD in select indigenous communities
  • Strengthen the Philippine Traditional Knowledge Network
  • Convene annual meetings of the Philippine UNDRIP Network and organize the World's Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrations


E. Indigenous Peoples’ Sustainable and Self-Determined Development (IPSSDD)

  • Organize global, regional, national workshops and dialogues with indigenous peoples, NGOs, academics, donor agencies and with alternative development thinkers to discuss and expound further the framework and strategy of indigenous peoples’ sustainable, self-determined development
  • Support partners who are willing to reinforce, operationalize and implement IPSSDD in their communities
  • Generate and manage an IPSSDD Fund
  • Train and mobilize a core of trainors on IPSSDD to undertake orientation and training workshops on the framework and how to implement this
  • Link with other program areas to ensure that IPSSDD is integral in their and policy approaches


II. Support Functions and Services


1. Training Institute

  • Conduct regular education and training programs, internship and community exposure programs; develop training modules, resource books and identify reference materials in the following areas:

a. International Human Rights Law and Instruments (e.g., UNDRIP)
b. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (e.g., CBD, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change/UNFCCC, Desertification Convention, etc.)
c. Integrated and Holistic Framework for IPSSDD (human rights-, ecosystem-, knowledge-based approaches and the intercultural approach)
d. Capacity building for research, advocacy and campaigns, use of information and communication technologies
e. Gender sensitivity and gender analysis
f. Governance
g. Participatory, indigenous-sensitive action research and documentation


2. Research and Documentation

  • Provide guidance to researchers under the different priority program areas
  • Organize learning sessions of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Research and Education Network (IPGREN) to discuss indigenous-sensitive research methodologies and approaches


3. Engendering Indigenous Peoples’ Formations

  • Promote gender-sensitivity and gender equity within indigenous peoples’ organizations, networks and communities
  • Provide secretariat support to the Asian Indigenous Women’s Network
  • Jointly organize and undertake research, advocacy and training activities with indigenous women’s organizations


4. Institution, Network, Partnership and Leadership Building and Development

  • Provide secretariat and administrative support to various indigenous peoples’ networks established by Tebtebba
  • Undertake leadership training activities and facilitate participation of leaders of these formations to relevant global, regional and national processes, giving priority to indigenous women and youth
  • Nurturing and developing partnerships with indigenous organizations and indigenous communities, and non-indigenous organizations and formations


5. Publication and Communication

  • Popularize indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns through:

a. Indigenous Perspectives
b. Tebtebba Magazine
c. Policy and Briefing Papers
d. Books, Training Modules and other Special Publications

  • Maintain the websites - www.tebtebba.org, www.indigenousclimate.org, www.indigenousbiodiv.org, and the indigenous listserves
  • Develop and implement Tebtebba’s communications strategy
  • Provide timely information services through information and communication technologies


6. Resource Center

  • Maintain a library and databank
  • Network with other libraries


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