Drawing on five long-term case studies carried out by FPP with indigeneous peoples' organisations in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Cameroon and Thailand, the paper summarises field data which reveal the remarkable complexity of customary law systems. It proposes a mehtodology for strengthening traditional practices to ensure sustainable use and ensuring that state interventions align with countries' obligations under the CBD and other relevant international treaties.
Contribution to the implementation of Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Four Baka communities mapped their use of their forests using GIS. These maps, together with an outline of the local administrative and socio-political structures and a record of Baka beliefs and rituals, identify the tension between communities’ customary forest use and conservation objectives. This report aims to help improve implementation of the CBD in Cameroon.
This report is the outcome of a participatory research project carried out among four highland communities in Thailand. It provides a unique record of the knowledge, customs and traditions of the Hmong and Karen peoples in their management and sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity.
Highland Mapping Development and Biodiversity Management Project, Inter-Mountain Peoples' Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) with Forest Peoples Programme