Celebrating International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2017

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

In their International day, the ILC congratulates all Indigenous Peoples of the world for the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our Coalition reaffirms the commitment to work together to more effectively support Indigenous Peoples in their struggle for territorial rights and the protection of their environments.

Indigenous Peoples’ strong spiritual, cultural, social, and economic relationship with their traditional lands and territories developed highly specialised land use practices and livelihood strategies over generations. Unfortunately, they continue to face losing their lands and resources due to commercial pressures and criminalisation of their traditional livelihoods, making their land and territorial rights often the most precarious. That’s the reason why Indigenous Peoples’ issues are of central importance for our Coalition. 

In this year we would like to highlight the African Court’s decision on favour of indigenous Ogiek communities in Kenya. A milestone for Indigenous Peoples in Africa from which we can learn from Kenya’s Ogiek peoples significant land rights case victory.

In the midst of the financial and environmental crisis, there is growing recognition of the contribution of Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge to sustainable development and ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change adaptation. Our database of good practices contains various success stories identified by our members and partners on Indigenous Peoples’ ecosystems management, protection of sacred sites, traditional knowledge, data generation and actions against land grabbing. Here are a few noteworthy examples: 

Data generation:

Supporting communities of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers to secure land and sustainably manage resources

Other stories: Indonesia (C0048C0002), Tanzania (C0104), Perú (C0102), Guatemala (C0103), and Nicaragua (C0095).


Land demarcation and participatory planning:

Regularisation of community and privately-owned land in Bolivia

Other stories: Nicaragua (C0020C0101) and Bolivia (C0060)


Actions against land grabbing:

Pastoralists resist land grabbing in Cameroon

More stories on actions against land grabbing: México (C0099), Cameroon (C0017), India (C0100), Indonesia (C0048) and Myanmar (C0092), Belize (C0058)


Conflict Resolution: 

Dialogue between Indigenous Peoples, criollo settlers and the state resolves land conflict


Ecosystem management:

Payment for ecosystem services connects urban community with Indigenous Peoples


Sacred sites protection and traditional knowledge:

Defending Wirikuta ancestral lands from mining activities


Contact name: 
David Alejandro Rubio