Call for Submissions

 

Indigenous and Local Knowledge for the Asia Pacific Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Asia-Pacific assessment focuses on the following themes, amongst others:

  • status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services in the region
  • land degradation & restoration
  • sustainable use & conservation
  • invasive alien species & their control

Deadlines for Submission:  6 May 2016 

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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is conducting assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These assessments are to be based on, in addition to scientific knowledge, the knowledge, practices, observations and understandings of indigenous peoples and local communities.

The Asia-Pacific assessment address the interrelationships between biological diversity and society, including nature’s benefits to people, as well as human well-being. It focuses on changes that affect food, water, energy, livelihoods and health. It also considers the importance of biodiversity for social relationships, spirituality and cultural identity, and addresses issues of equity, including inter- and intra-generational equity.

If your community or organisation has relevant indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) to contribute, or if you know of projects or publications on ILK and biodiversity, its benefits for and relationships with local communities and indigenous peoples, then please submit your information on the links below!

The OVERALL AIM is to assess the current state of our natural environment, including its biological diversity and ecosystem functions and services, while also identifying important changes and trends, including potential responses to the positive and negative impacts of change.

The list of Asia-Pacific countries and the scoping for the assessment can be found here.

Some KEY QUESTIONS are:

  1. How does biodiversity contribute to the livelihoods, food security, and quality of life of indigenous peoples and local communities?
  2. How do indigenous peoples and local communities conserve, manage and create biological diversity and related ecosystem goods and services?
  3. What changes in the natural environment are being observed by indigenous peoples and local communities and what is driving those changes?
  4. What impacts do existing policies and development interventions have on biodiversity and ecosystem services and as a result on the well-being of indigenous peoples and local communities?
  5. What gaps in knowledge need to be addressed in order to better understand how biodiversity is changing and what to do about it?

IPBES is conducting regional assessments in Africa, the Americas and Europe/Central Asia as well as in Asia-Pacific. The assessments address the following three themes, amongst others:

  • land degradation & restoration
    Land degradation is defined as a long-term decline in biodiversity or ecosystem function or loss of ecosystem services from which land cannot recover unaided. It is a major environmental problem and all continents with permanent human settlement are affected by it in different forms and on various scales.
  • sustainable use & conservation
    The sustainable use and conservation  assessment will address the ecological, economic, social and cultural importance, conservation status, drivers of change, and related livelihoods and other values for local communities and indigenous people, of mainly harvested and traded wild species. It aims to identify and promote best practices and tools, including both modern technologies and indigenous and local knowledge and practices, for sustainable management, harvesting and utilization.
  • invasive alien species and their control
    Invasive alien species include a vast and rapidly increasing number of non-native terrestrial, freshwater and marine vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and disease organisms. They constitute one of the most serious, rapidly growing and hard-to-address threats to biodiversity, ecosystem services and food, health and livelihood security.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

We seek inputs from indigenous and local knowledge holders from indigenous peoples and local communities, and their institutions and networks, ILK researchers/scientists and practitioners who are knowledgeable about indigenous peoples and local communities in the Asia-Pacific region and their engagement/relationship with natural biodiversity and ecosystems.

HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?

By submitting information on:

  • Past or on-going projects informed by indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) about biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Asia-Pacific region, land degradation and restoration, sustainable use and conservation, and/or invasive alien species and their control;
  • Scientific or grey literature on ILK about biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Asia-Pacific region, land degradation and restoration, sustainable use and conservation, and/or invasive alien species and their control;
  • ILK holders, researchers or other knowledgeable individuals who are or have been involved in projects on ILK about land degradation and restoration, sustainable use and conservation, and/or invasive alien species and their control.
  • Indigenous peoples and local communities’ organisations, or organisations who work closely with indigenous peoples and local communities, and who are interested in hosting a sub-regional dialogue and sub-regional collection of ILK resources.

Invitation to participate in an International Workshop for the Asia-Pacific region:

A limited number of contributors (ILK holders and ILK experts) will be invited to a Dialogue Workshop for the Asia-Pacific Region to be held in Chang Mai, Thailand, during the week of 25 June to 1 July. Travel grants will be made available for participants from developing countries. The workshops will bring ILK holders and ILK experts together with members of the scientific team responsible for carrying out the IPBES assessment. A further goal will be to engage ILK holders in IPBES processes and demonstrate the potential benefits and opportunities for their communities.

Please note that English will be the primary working language of meetings. However, efforts will be made to provide for linguistic diversity. Participants who are proficient in both English and another language of the Asia-Pacific region may be requested to assist non-Anglophone participants. 

Following this regional ILK dialogue workshop, sub-regional workshops are also being planned by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategy (IGES). ILK holders and ILK experts who registered for this call can also be candidates to participate in sub-regional dialogue workshops.

All submissions will be reviewed by the IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems. Please indicate on your submission form that the information you provide may be used and eventually published in the framework of the IPBES assessment as a relevant case study. Please also indicate whether you would agree that your name be included in a list of ILK experts. 

A fundamental principle of IPBES is full respect for indigenous and local knowledge. Therefore, submissions should not include secret, sacred or otherwise confidential knowledge without the free, prior and informed consent of the holders of that knowledge.

Deadline for submissions: 6 May 2016 

To make your submission please go here.

PLEASE NOTE that if you responded to the Call issued in 2015 for ILK for the Asia-Pacific region, then you need not submit again. Your proposal will be taken into consideration. However, if you want to provide additional information, then you are welcome to apply again.

 

For additional information, please contact the Technical Support Unit for the IPBES Task Force at links(at)unesco.org

This is the third of a series of periodic calls for submission by the IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems.

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