Learn more about the Indigenous Peoples’ Declaration on Respect and Recognition of Traditional Governance in Ancestral Domains Affected by Protected Areas.
On 22 June 2018, Republic Act 1738 or the ENIPAS was enacted into law and it stipulated in policy that the traditional resource governance of Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) shall be recognized within Protected Areas. Other critical provisions in this law are the establishment of an additional 94 protected areas and an enhanced governance structure of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) including the requirement of having 1-3 IP representative/s when necessary.
This is particularly important since 75% (96 of 128) of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are within the traditional territories of ICCs/IPs. This reveals the inherent inter-dependency of nature conservation with the recognition and respect of the traditional governance of ICCs/IPs. There are at least 84 ancestral domains that fall within 62 protected areas affecting a total of 1,227,158.9699 hectares of ancestral domains.
The Philippine ICCA Consortium together with ANGOC and PAFID has conducted ENIPAS Orientation to the IP representatives who are members of the Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) in selected provinces in the country. During the orientation, the participants were asked about their needs for further training.
They have identified the following as their knowledge and capacity development needs:
Functional knowledge and skills on policy analysis, parliamentary procedures, and constructive engagement.
Paralegal knowledge and skills on relevant laws on indigenous peoples and conservation.
Familiarity with good practices on resource mobilization for indigenous peoples in conservation.
In response to the situation on ground and relevant policy development, the Philippine ICCA Consortium, in partnership with ANGOC and PAFID, developed a training program under a project funded by VOICE (Dutch facility) to empower ICCs/IPs affected by Protected Areas within ancestral domains to fully and effectively participate in the implementation of the ENIPAS through capacity development for IP leaders to effectively represent their ICCs in their respective PAMBs.
Objectives of the Training Course
The main objective of these training courses is to enhance the capacities of selected IP leaders on effective participation in the implementation of the ENIPAS, with focus on their participation in the PAMB and training needs identified by the participants themselves. Specifically, the conduct of these training courses aims to:
Build the confidence of PAMB representatives’ and leaders’ in pushing for their constituent ICCs’ agenda in the PAMB and in other relevant governance bodies
Enhance the knowledge and skills of PAMB representative and leaders along the various content areas:
- Demonstrate functional skills in policy analysis, parliamentary procedures, and constructive engagement;
- Critical understanding of legal and policy frameworks on indigenous peoples and conservation as applied to the particular context of their constituent ICCs;
- Familiarity with good practices on resource mobilization for indigenous peoples in conservation
Provide a platform for solidarity among IP leaders (through the Philippine ICCA Consortium) to address the affectation of their respective ICCs to state conservation policies and to push for an inclusive conservation agenda in various spheres of policy advocacy.
Training courses under the inclusive Conservation Academy:
Going online and Participating in Webinars
Map Reading and Analysis
Policy Analysis and Formulation
Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
Laws on Forest and Wildlife Protection
Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System
Writing Project Proposals
Understanding Financial Statements
Payment for Ecological Services
Preparing for Radio and TV Interviews
Facing the Media
How to Conduct Meetings
Basics of a Meeting and Setting the Agenda
Parliamentary Procedures in a Meeting
Training Materials & Resources
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