Asia

TheAsia Forest Network (AFN) is dedicated to supporting the role of communities in protection and sustainable use of Asia's forests. The AFN is comprised of a coalition of planners, policy makers, government foresters, scientists, researchers, and NGOs.

 

The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) mission is to integrate rigorous natural and social sciences with policy, education and socially responsible conservation action.

 

Biodiversity Action Thailand (BIOTHAI) emerged from the cooperation of NGOs, local community organizations, academics, and government officials who realize the importance of biodiversity and its close connections to the livelihood systems of local communities. In 1995, BIOTHAI began its activities to provide information and raise the awareness of policy-makers and the public in Thai society.

 

The Bruno-Manser-Fund (BMF), association for the peoples of the rainforest, is an environmental and human rights organization with its headquarters in Switzerland. Its aim is to support the Penan people in Sarawak (East Malaysia) as well as other indigenous peoples in their struggle to protect tropical rainforests from destruction. Special emphasis is put on informing consumers in the west about tropical timber and illegal logging practices.

 

The Centre for Advanced Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems(CARIKS) is a research institution under the Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Based Development (IKDF) established at Mysore. Its objective is to document and analyze systems of knowledge and technology specific to particular locales and regions, and to compare indigenous and modern concepts and practices for greater scientific understanding in general and for a new paradigm of sustainable development.

 

The Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge(CBIK) aims to explore alternative development approaches for working directly with indigenous people and communities to enhance their livelihoods and maintain cultural and biological diversity through application of indigenous cosmovision, knowledge, and innovative technology in the environment of rapid change and uncertainty faced by local people in SW China.

 

The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) - Philippinesis a development organization pursuing environmental advocacy through education research, ecosystems management and rehabilitation for grassroots empowerment. Founded in 1989, the CEC recognizes that environmental problems confronting the country are rooted in the oppressive character of Philippine society. The Center provides services that include environmental education curriculum and materials development, training, environmental research, ecosystems management, and maintains an education and information center.

 

The Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS) is involved in exploring and developing the contemporary relevance and applications of traditional Indian knowledge systems, with a focus on traditional agriculture.

 

The Centre for People’s Forestry (CPF) works towards grounding sustainable forest management mechanisms, with a special thrust on developing livelihood security of the marginalized sections among the forest-dependent / dwelling communities - women, tribals, dalits and other resource poor.

 

The Chin Human Rights Organization is working to protect and promote the rights of the Chin people. Violation of the rights of women and children, forced labor, political suppression, racial discrimination religious persecutions committed by the Burmese military regime results thousands of Chin to flee from their home country.

 

Down to Earth (DTE) - International Campaign for Ecological Justice in Indonesia - monitors and campaigns on the social and human implications of environmental issues in Indonesia. They aim to support civil society groups and provide an international voice at the levels of national governments, foreign companies, aid agencies and international funding institutions. Their main focus is the right of the rural poor and indigenous peoples of the 'outer islands' to determine their own futures.

 

Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) in the Philippines actively engages with communities, local governments, and national and international institutions in exploring better options for natural resource management, new and improved methods in watershed rehabilitation, and creating social venues that provide space for policy discussions, program implementation, and community concerns in relation to the environment and natural resource management.

 

The Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions(FRLHT) is a registered Public Trust and Charitable Society, which started its activities in 1993. The Ministry of Science & Technology recognizes FRLHT as a scientific and research organization. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has designated FRLHT as a National Center of Excellence for medicinal plants and traditional knowledge.             

 

The Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples (IKAP) aims at capacity building of ethnic minorities and networks in MMSEA (Mainland Montane South East Asia) to incorporate the own indigenous knowledge and culture in local development work, to create respect to indigenous knowledge and to promote endogenous development.

 

The Indonesian Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (INRIK) was established at Padjadjaran Universityto conduct program activities that promote indigenous knowledge. INRIK has links with global networks of professionals and institutions engaged in indigenous activities.

 

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) helps promote the development of an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem and improve the living standards of mountain populations, especially in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas Region. ICIMOD works mainly at the interface between research and development and acts as a facilitator for generating new mountain-specific knowledge of relevance to mountain development.

 

IDRAP was established with a clear mission of materialization of the rights of rural and indigenous peoples to development. This is part of IDRAP's vision for promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in South East Sulawesi of Indonesia and specializes its works on self-help developmental activities.

 

The Karen Website is a cultural exchange and communication center representing the Karen people of Thailand and Burma.

 

The Kommitas Konservasi Indonesia (WARSI) is an organizational network established in January 1992, with membership made up of twelve NGOs from four provinces in Sumatra (South Sumatra, West Sumatra, Bengkulu and Jambi), whose focus is biodiversity conservation and community development.

 

The League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development is an advocacy and support group for pastoralists who depend on common property resources. The League works and conducts research with pastoral communities, primarily in India, and the website documents the challenges faced by pastoralists and facilitates networking among similar agencies.

 

The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Kasama sa Kalikasan is a legal and policy research and advocacy institution. Established in 1987, it is organized as a non-stock, non-profit, non-partisan, cultural, scientific and research foundation. The goal of the Center is to empower the marginalized and disenfranchised peoples directly dependent on our natural resources so as to be able to affect ecologically sustainable, culturally appropriate, gender-sensitive, economically viable, equitable uses, management, conservation and development of natural resources.

 

The National Innovation Foundation of India was established with the mission to help India become an inventive and creative society and a global leader in sustainable technologies through grassroots innovations.

 

The Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) currently consists of 48 indigenous member organizations widely distributed throughout the Terai, Hills and Himalayas of Nepal. NEFIN was formed with the goal of documenting and preserving the cultural knowledge of the Indigenous Nationalities of Nepal and to assist them in developing and obtaining equal rights. The mission of NEFIN is to acquire social equality and justice for Indigenous Nationalities by preserving their distinct social, political, cultural and linguistic identities and by promoting their representation in very aspect of national life.

 

Rengah Sarawak is the result of combined efforts by several Sarawak NGOs and indigenous communities to bring views and information on and about the people's struggles directly to the internet community and beyond.

 

The Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology (RFSTE) was founded in Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA) in 1982 by Vandana Shiva. The RFSTE works on biodiversity conservation and protecting people's rights from threats to their livelihoods and environment by centralized systems of monoculture in forestry, agriculture and fisheries.

 

SRISTI is a non-governmental organization established to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems.

 

The United Association of Higaonon Tribes (UNAHI) Mindanao is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the last remaining rainforest in the Philippines and its inhabitants. UNAHI’s purpose is to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the Higaonon tribal people without compromising the integrity of the ancient tribal customs and traditions.

 

Vasundhara is a research and policy advocacy group that works on environment conservation and sustainable livelihood issues. Vasundhara was initiated to support and strengthen community-based initiatives to protect and conserve forests in the state of Orissa. Several thousands of community groups have emerged and evolved elaborate and diverse institutional arrangements to conserve and manage forests.

 

The Wau Ecology Institute (WEI) believes that young people are Papua New Guiena’s (PNG) future and actively promotes the involvement of young people throughout PNG in conservation programs, to address the failures of past programs that have not allowed youths to fully participate in making decisions.