Indigenous Voices in Asia-Pacific: Identifying the Information and Communication Needs of Indigenous Peoples
UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, July 2012

Noting that approximately 70% of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples live in the Asia-Pacific region, the report presents five country assessments undertaken between 2009 and 2011 in Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines. It contains country-specific recommendations and a regional strategy for improving indigenous peoples’ access to information and communication avenues as a way of strengthening democratic governance, including in matters of indigenous peoples’ participation in decision making and planning for sustainable development. Issues raised by indigenous peoples’ groups during the country assessments included: the delineation of ancestral domains and sustainable development planning in these domains; dealing with environmental degradation; indigenous rights over forest resources and land; indigenous representation in local governance systems; and the recognition, preservation and maintenance of traditional institutions and systems that ensured community cohesion and participation. Download the report [pdf] …