The Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF) was officially established on 3 November 2005 in Thailand, registration number Chor Mor. 0027/2548, by a joint effort of indigenous peoples’ leaders and local academics. Its main aim at that time was to build capacity of indigenous peoples and to promote full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in a wide range of international policy processes relevant to them. These included, but were not limited to, policy on forest and biodiversity conservation and management, and policy on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. These activities were undertaken in close collaboration with the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (IAITPTF) and other partner organisations.
In 2009, the IPF reviewed and adjusted its policy and programmes to be more community oriented in order to best serve the need of its target communities particularly on issues of indigenous peoples’ education, self-determined development and customary land use and natural resource management. The IPF’s currently working with indigenous peoples in Thailand, such as Karen, Hmong, Mien, Lisu, Lahu and Akha. Experiences gained from indigenous peoples in Thailand will be shared and replicated to other indigenous groups in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.