Day 1 | Dec 6   08.45 - 10.15

How indigenous peoples use landscapes approaches to conserve forests: Good practices and challenges for food security and livelihoods

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)


Studies have confirmed shifting cultivation still plays an important role in providing livelihood and food security in many communities. It is the pivot around which annual work and ritual cycles revolve and thus an intricate part of their life and closely tied to their cultural identity.

The case studies also showed that indigenous women perform 70% of the work related to shifting cultivation. As exemplified by the Kmhmu of Laos and Naga of Northeast India, indigenous women possess a rich knowledge on seeds, crop varieties and medicinal plants.

The panel focused on the roles and contributions of indigenous women in landscape forest management. Also, the experiences from REDD+ in Asia were shared, linking it with the land use of indigenous peoples.

The session allowed for ample discussion between the panel and the audience. A video was screened at the end of the session.

Key questions addressed:

  1. Does the land use of indigenous peoples, particularly Shifting Cultivation sustainable and climate friendly?
  2. What is the role of shifting cultivation and resource management of indigenous peoples in providing livelihoods and ensuring food security?
  3. What are the good practices and challenges of indigenous peoples on food security and livelihoods?

Background reading:

Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security: New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Drivers of Deforestation? Facts to be considered regarding the impacts of Shifting Cultivation in Asia

Briefing Paper on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

REDD+ Implementation in Asia and the Concerns of Indigenous Peoples