Policy Advocacy

The worldwide recognition on the right to respect, protect and fulfill of indigenous peoples' rights and sustainable development are milestone achievements of the indigenous peoples' movement. Along this line, the program will carry on the advocacy to protect, promote, develop and transmit traditional knowledge. It will collaborate with networks and groups to see through the implementation of related program of work. Presently the program work closely with the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), a caucus of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) following up processes in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) Centres of Distinction, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IIFBES) who would like to ensure the recognition of indigenous and local knowledge in the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

In the Philippines, it is currently facilitating the Ugnayang Pambansa para sa Katutubong Kaalaman at Talino (UPAKAT), a national network of holders of traditional knowledge and wisdom, to take the mission of protecting, promoting, innovating and transmitting traditional knowledge.