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1st Annual Workshop (2005)

1st WorkshopThe first RNIP workshop was held on April 18-22, 2005 at the Environmental Information Center, Isabela State University, Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines. It was attended by 27 participants: 18 representatives of civil society organizations from five Southeast Asian countries, two from the Philippines National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, three from the CML Institute of Environmental Sciences, two from the Cagayan Valley Programme for Environment and Development, and two from the RNIP Project Coordinating Unit.

The CSOs by country and the number of participants broken down as follows: six participants representing five CSOs from Indonesia; three participants, three CSOs from Malaysia; five participants, five CSOs from the Philippines; three participants, two CSOs from Thailand; and one CSO participant from Vietnam.The five-day affair was conducted with daily programmed activities. After the welcome message of the ISU President at the opening day, a background on the CVPED, an introduction on the RNIP, a presentation of the mechanics of the workshop, and a keynote message from one of the NCIP Commissioners. The afternoon session started with the paper on “Indigenous Peoples in Southeast Asia and the Concept of Poverty” by Dr. Gerard Persoon followed a workshop 01 on “poverty and poverty alleviation” by the participants grouped into four. Later, each group presented its output. The next day, the participants presented their respective CSO’s activities and experiences on the “interrelationships of indigenous peoples, sustainable resource management and poverty alleviation”, each followed by an open forum. An integration of key issues on IP, sustainable resources management and poverty alleviation concluded through a roundtable discussion wrapped up the second day. The third day was spent on a field visit to Malabing Valley, a group of villages where IPs struggled over the years in establishing a citrus-based agroforestry system that has become a model for sustainable community-based resources management.

Some participant representatives game reflections on the field visit at the start of the fourth day, followed by a paper on “How the ADB Looks at Indigenous People and Poverty Alleviation” and conclude through an open forum. After the presentation and discussions on “Natural Resources and their Sustainable Management”, workshop 02 on the same subject was conducted. The output of each group was presented and discussed after. The “AIPP experience on IP networking” was shared to the participants through a presentation in the afternoon. This was followed by Workshop 03 “Actions and Strategies for Ecologically Sustainable Development” with the groups’ output presentation concluding the day.

The workshop culminated in the morning of the fifth day. Through a questionnaire, the training needs of the CSOs and the IPs they work with were gathered as well as the training capabilities and strengths of each CSO. These are for training needs assessment that RNIP will try to address. The general future plans and timetable for RNIP activities were presented and discussed. The workshop came up with a seven-point agenda that RNIP should address during the year.



 

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