International

The Aboriginal Mapping Network (AMN) is a cooperative website that was established in 1998 to support aboriginal and indigenous peoples facing similar issues such as land claims, treaty negotiations and resource development using common tools, such as traditional use studies, GIS mapping and other information systems.

 

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) is a secular body that helps the major religions of the world develop environmental programs - based on their own core teachings, beliefs and parctices - to create powerful alliances between communities of faith and conservation groups.    

 

The American Indian Law Alliance (AILA) works with Indigenous nations, communities and organizations around the world to advocate sovereignty, human rights, and social justice for Indigenous Peoples and is one of less than 20 Indigenous NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to hold Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

 

Bioneers promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. It was conceived to conduct educational and economic development programs in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, traditional farming practices, and environmental restoration. 

 

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is a national, First Nation directed environmental non-profit organization that offers research, technical, educational and training services to indigenous communities, governments and private companies in four inter-related topic areas: climate change, sustainability communities, lands and water, and biodiversity.

 

The Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) at McGill University is an independent, multi-disciplinary research and education resource for Indigenous Peoples in response to a need for participatory research and education to address their concerns about the integrity of their traditional food systems. Deterioration in the environment has adverse impacts on the health and lifestyles of Indigenous Peoples, in particular nutrition as affected by food and food traditions

 

The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is a research and education organization focused on Indigenous Peoples' knowledge and ideas. The research division has launched a searchable database of digitized documents, reports, publications, essays, manuscripts, records and other image resources in the fields of Traditional Healing Arts and Sciences, Fourth World Geopolitics, Holistic Environmental Management, Fourth World Studies, and Consciousness Studies.

 
The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is a research and education organization focused on Indigenous Peoples' knowledge and ideas. The research division has launched a searchable database of digitized documents, reports, publications, essays, manuscripts, records and other image resources in the fields of Traditional Healing Arts and Sciences, Fourth World Geopolitics, Holistic Environmental Management, Fourth World Studies, and Consciousness Studies.

 

The Compas Programme (comparing and supporting endogenous development) is an international network implementing field programmes to develop, test and improve endogenous development (ED) methodologies. Endogenous development is based on local peoples' own criteria of development, and takes into account the material, social and spiritual well-being of peoples.

 

Conflicts Over Natural Resources Solidarity Network (CNR) is an association of organizations that work with marginalized communities for the resolution of conflicts over natural resources. The members of the Network have come together to share their information and experiences to facilitate dissemination of knowledge to grass roots communities struggling to protect their access to natural resources.

 

The Earth Island Institute works for solutions to environmental problems by promoting citizen action and incubating a diverse network of projects. The Institute supports the Borneo Project and other Indigenous tribes who have lived in harmony with their rainforests for thousands of years. 

 

The European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is a forum for communication between European organizations, researchers, EU institutions and others concerned with sub-tropical forest research. The ETFRN Network seeks to promote the involvement of European research expertise towards the conservation and wise use of forests and woodlands in tropical and subtropical countries.

 

The ETC Group (formerly the Rural Advancement Foundation International) is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. To this end, the ETC Group supports socially responsible developments in technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses governance issues affecting the international community. We also monitor the ownership and control of technologies, and the consolidation of corporate power.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world's longest established international conservation body, founded over 100 years ago. Renowned for its science-based approach, FFI has pioneered sustainable conservation work that tackles problems holistically, providing solutions that simultaneously help wildlife, humans and the environment. FFI acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, are based on sound science and take account of human needs.

First Peoples Worldwide (FPW) is the international arm of the First Nations Development Institute and has the same mission - to assist Indigenous peoples to control and develop their assets and, through that control, build the capacity to direct their economic futures in ways that fit their cultures.

The Forest Peoples Programme supports forest peoples’ rights to determine their own futures, to control the use of their lands and to carry out the sustainable use of their resources.

 

For Mother Earth, a member of Friends of the Earth International, is an activist organization that focuses on disarmament, human rights and the environment. The website features news, discussions, and action alerts

 

The Forum for the Friends of People Close to Nature (FPCN) is a global movement of individuals and groups dedicated to the survival of tribal peoples, in particular hunter-gatherers. Their mission is to help them preserve their unique cultures from enforced assimilation, the ideologies of 'progress' and 'growth', and absorption in the global economy.

 

The Foundation for Endangered Languages raises awareness of endangered languages, supports their use in all contexts, monitors linguistic policies and practices, supports the documentation of endangered languages, and collects and makes available information of use in their protection.

 

The Fourth World Association spreads information about the situation of the Indigenous cultures of today and throughout history. The Fourth World Magazine contains articles about Indigenous peoples and their earlier and actual ways of living, striving to be a platform for representatives of these peoples to make themselves heard.

 

The Global Caucus on Community-Based ForestManagement (GCCBFM) is a global movement of organizations and individuals committed to ensuring forest conservation and the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples. Their mission is to advocate and promote the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples to manage their forests in ways that are socially just, ecologically sound, economically viable and culturally respectful.

 

The Global Commons Institute (GCI) is an independent group concerned with the protection of the global commons. The GCI was founded in 1990 after the Second World Climate Conference and has since contributed to the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

 

Global Forest promotes conservation of natural resources for future generations by providing meaningful results to corporate and governmental decision-makers and by sharing the wonders of science and nature with our children.

 

Grain is an international NGO that promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people’s control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

 

Indigenous Biz is a portal that aims to facilitate business amongst indigenous nations both nationally and internationally. Its purpose is to stimulate economic growth throughout the global indigenous community.

 

The Indigenous Knowledge Programme (IKP) was founded at the Third Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Jakarta, Indonesia, November 1995). The IKP supports (1) research projects to identify the contemporary threats to traditional knowledge systems, (2) community-based initiatives to design and implement alternatives that conserve traditional knowledge within the community and facilitate its transmission to the next generation or that apply traditional knowledge to meeting the current needs of the community; from income generation to skills training, (3) the efforts of indigenous peoples to develop and promote policy alternatives at the national, regional and international level.

 

The Indigenous People’s Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB) assists indigenous peoples in the protection of their genetic resources, indigenous knowledge, cultural and human rights from the negative effects of biotechnology.

The IPCB provides educational and technical support in the protection of their biological resources, cultural integrity, knowledge and collective rights

 

The Indigenous People's Literature website is an educational resource and collaboration dedicated to the indigenous peoples of the world and to the enrichment of all peoples. It provides an impressive archive of cultural material about the indigenous peoples of the world, ranging from literature and music to prayers and history with extensive links to sites on indigenous peoples around the world. 

 

The Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK), at the Pennsylvania State University, is part of a global network comprised of more than 20 indigenous knowledge resource centers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. ICIK is the only currently active indigenous knowledge resource center located in theUnited States.

 

The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests is a worldwide network of organizations representing indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions (Africa, the Asia-Pacific and theAmericas). The Alliance was founded in 1992 during an indigenous conference in Malaysia, where the Charter of theAlliance was adopted, and has been fighting continuously for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples ever since.

 

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is the first international organization to make a commitment to improve the living conditions of mountain inhabitants in a sustainable way, helping them to live and not merely exist upon the highest wonders on earth. The Centre is multidisciplinary, area-focused and mountain-based that concentrates mainly on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region.

 

The International Rivers Network (IRN) supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds by halting destructive river development projects and encourages equitable, sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.

 

The International Society for Ecology and Culture(ISEC)promotes locally based alternatives to the global consumer culture and is concerned with the protection of both biological and cultural diversity. The ISEC emphasizes education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.

 

The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) hosts conferences and publishes a newsletter while maintaining a listserv, an extensive bibliography of books and articles on environmental ethics.

 

The International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) works toward implementing the goals outlined in the Declaration of Belém while making new and concrete proposals that help indigenous peoples maintain and codify their understandings of human relationships with the biological environment.

 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature(IUCN) has undertaken the mission to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

 

The PMC (Participatory Management Clearinghouse) is a global initiative that pulls information regarding participatory management around the world. One of its topics, biodiversity and traditional knowledge, includes short summaries of important work in the field.

  

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO) Task Force on Traditional Forest Knowledge, established in 2005, will help IUFRO foster a broader understanding of traditional forest knowledge within the forest science community. It will also highlight opportunities and limitations that exist for enhanced collaboration between traditional and scientific communities as well as with decision-makers. The primary objective of the Task Force on Traditional Forest Knowledge is to increase understanding of the inter-relationships between traditional and formal (scientific) forest-related knowledge and catalyze potential synergistic applications to sustainable forest management.

 

The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs(IWGIA) is an independent international membership organization staffed by specialists and advisers on indigenous affairs. The IWGIA supports indigenous peoples' struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development. The Group collaborates with indigenous peoples' organizations all over the world, holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is an observer to the Arctic Council.

 

The Manitou Institute was created in 1994 to preserve wildlife and the natural environment through the Manitou Habitat Conservation Program; develop and support programs for youth and adults, which promote environmental awareness, earth stewardship and sustainability such as the Earth Origins Seed Project; and advocate and support the preservation, teaching and practice of the world's wisdom traditions, sacred arts, ancient healing and medicinal sciences.

 

The Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) is an Australian based NGO specializing in research, capacity building, advocacy and campaigning to prevent environmentally and socially destructive mining, minerals and energy projects and to protect and enhance the natural environment.

 

The Mines & Communities Website is committed exclusively to meeting the needs and answering the appeals of mining-affected communities, including workers organizations.

 

The Minority Rights Group International (MRG) works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and to promote cooperation and understanding between communities.

 

The Native Forests Network (NFN) is a global, autonomous collective of forest activists, indigenous peoples, conservation biologists and NGOs. It functions on a consensus basis and is non-violent, non-hierarchical and non-patriarchal. Its mission is to protect the world's remaining native forests to ensure they can survive, flourish and maintain their evolutionary potential.

 

The Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples (NCIV) is a NGO based in Amsterdam that has been supporting the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide since 1969. The NCIV operates in Special Consultative Status with UNESCO and pays special attention to the role and position of indigenous women, who are doubly marginalized.

 

The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) is involved in a number of areas: development cooperation, internationalization, the fostering of transparency and mutual recognition for purposes of international mobility, and the positioning of Dutch higher education on emerging markets. Nuffic has transferred its activities in the field of indigenous knowledge to a consortium of southern organizations. Management and maintenance of the website is now in the hands of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) of the Philippines.

 

The Partnership for Indigenous Peoples Environment (PIPE) is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. PIPE exists to advocate and protect the environmental, political, socio-economic and fundamental human rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. The organization promotes the construction of intergroup networks of indigenous peoples, encourages them to play more active roles in the modern state process and seeks to build harmonious working relationships with non-indigenous groups toward conflict-resolution and peaceful-co-existence.


People and Plants International (PPI) is an organization of ethnoecologists devoted to conservation and the sustainable use of plant resources around the world. PPI follows and builds on the 12-year People and Plants Initiative, a joint project of the WWF, UNESCO, and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which came to an end in December 2004. The PPI network brings together local and international experts to combine traditional knowledge and biological sciences in the most advanced and integrated development, conservation, and education projects. The site features books, working papers and videos to help practitioners of applied ethnoecology and sustainable plant resource management.

 

The Peoples of the World Foundation - education for and about indigenous peoples - works with indigenous peoples to document their traditional and modern life, sponsor their education and help them adapt to the challenges they face in a changing world.

 

Planet Drum was founded in 1973 to provide an effective grassroots approach to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination and regional self-reliance. In association with community activists and ecologists, Planet Drum developed the concept of a bioregion: a distinct area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and natural systems, often defined by a watershed. Through its projects, publications, speakers, and workshops, Planet Drum helps start new bioregional groups and encourages local organizations and individuals to find ways to live within the natural confines of bioregions.

 

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through grassroots organizing, education and non-violent direct action.

 

The Rainforest Foundation UK supports the indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights by assisting them in securing and controlling the natural resources, and developing means to protect their individual and collective rights. The Foundation seeks to do this through practical projects in tropical rainforest areas, all of which work with local indigenous peoples or non-governmental organizations.

 

Rare’s mission is to protect wildlands of globally significant biodiversity by enabling local people to benefit from their preservation. Rare Enterprises uses ecotourism to promote both economic and environmental sustainability in fragile natural areas.

 

The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) assists people of the Asia-Pacific region to develop community forestry and promotes active participation of local communities in developing and manageing forest resources for optimum social, economic and environmental benefits. 

 

The Sacred Earth Network (SEN) is rooted in two core beliefs: that all of Nature is sacred and must be treated with respect and honor, and that humanity must quickly restructure its relationship with the miraculous, interconnected living system that is our Earth. To this end, SEN strives to empower people to work in defense of the biosphere and to create a sustainable culture through its three major programmatic areas: the Russian Environmental Partnership Project, theEast-West Indigenous Exchange, and the Metamorphosis Project: Restoring Our Inner and Outer Ecology.

 

Seacology is a NGO with the sole and unique purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands throughout the globe. Seacology searches for win-win situations where the local environment is protected while islanders receive some tangible benefit.

 

The Society for Threatened Peoples is a human rights organization that promotes the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, and indigenous peoples. The society has consultative status as an NGO at the United Nations (ECOSOC). 

 

The Society of Ethnobiology is a professional organization dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the relationships of plants and animals with human cultures worldwide, including past and present relationships between peoples and the environment. Their interests encompass ethnobotany, ethnozoology, linguistics, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnoecology, and other related areas in anthropology and biology. The Society hosts an annual conference with field trips, and publishes the Journal of Ethnobiology.

 

Speaking4Earth is a project designed to establish an international campaign to support indigenous peoples' struggle for their land and life and to promote their vision that we need to care for the earth for our future generations. This vision aims to connect people and organizations all over the world.


Survival
 is the largest organization, and one of the oldest, working for tribal peoples' rights. It is also the only one that makes use of public opinion and public action to secure long-term improvement for tribal peoples. It is the only major organization in its field that refuses funding from national governments and depends on the public for its support.

Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples' organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples recognized, respected and protected worldwide.

 

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues(UNPFII) was established in April 2000, when the Commission on Human Rights adopted a resolution during the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Three months later, the Economic and Social Council endorsed the resolution, and the Permanent Forum came into formal existence. The UNPFII is now an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

 

UNESCO regularly updates a list of indigenous knowledge resource centers around the world with contacts, addresses, telephone/fax numbers and emails.

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization(UNPO) is a democratic, international membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, occupied nations, minorities and independent states or territories who have joined together to protect their human and cultural rights, preserve their environments, and to find non-violent solutions to conflicts which affect them. UNPO provides a legitimate and established international forum for member aspirations and assists its members in effective participation at an international level.

The Wildlife Society is an international scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. The Native Peoples' Wildlife Management Working Group promotes improved relationships between state/provincial/federal wildlife managers and tribal wildlife managers through improved communications. The Working Group provides a forum for tribal and agency wildlife professionals to discuss wildlife management on reservations and aboriginal lands and to share viewpoints on proposed policies affecting wildlife management in Indian Country.

The William L. Brown Center for Plant Genetic Resources(WLBC) at the Missouri Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the study of useful plants, understanding the relationships between humans, plants, and their environment, and the conservation of plant species and preservation of traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations. TheEthnobiology Working Group (EWG) was formed to review vital aspects of the field and make recommendations to the National Science Foundation.

The Wisdom Keepers, Inc. (WKI) is committed to creating opportunities to learn about indigenous cultures from indigenous peoples, creating opportunities for indigenous cultures to preserve their past and improve their present for a stronger tomorrow.

The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) is an international network of citizens’ groups of North and South involved in the efforts to defend the world’s rainforests. The WRM works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forest.

 

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has developed a thoughtful Statement of Principles on Indigenous Peoples and Conservation that recognizes the vital link between native peoples and their environment with regard to the preservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of resources.  In addition, there is a listing of recent conservation projects that the WWF is funding at the local level.