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RNIP visits CSO Partners Implementing Trust Fund Projects

RNIP earlier selected ten project proposals for 2007 implementation to be supported through its Trust Fund. With 10 projects each for 2005 and 2006, a total of 30 received, is receiving, or will be receiving support from the Fund.  Selected by a committee from more than 100 applications, these projects are being implemented by the CSO-partners of RNIP in collaboration or in partnership with indigenous peoples’ organizations. The commonality of these projects is their goal of alleviating poverty among IPs and at the same time addressing resources and biodiversity conservation. A related article presents these CSO-partners and their respective projects supported by the RNIP Trust Fund.

Some of the projects implemented for 2005 and 2006 were visited by the RNIP. These visits were either timed with travels in the host-country.

The projects visited are the following:

(1) Indigenous people’s welfare and forest resources management project for the Agay in Cagayan, Philippines, implemented by Cagayan Valley Partners in People Development (CAVAPPED) for the Agay in Cagayan province, Philippines. Covering four project sites in three municipalities of the province, the project was implemented not only for the Agay but for the community that includes Igorots, Ilocano and other ethnic groups. Activities completed include distribution of various seeds for their farms and 10 types of tree seedlings, distribution of farm implements (harrow, plow, bolo, axe, sharpening stone and plow). Construction of nurseries (for fruit and forest trees) and tree planting were done in two of the project sites.

(2) Community-based indigenous herbs and traditional medicines conservation in Sarawak, Malaysia,implemented by Institute Pribumi Malaysia (IPIMAS) for the Kenyah-Badeng in Belaga District, Sarawak, Malaysia). Because of delayed rains in the last quarter of 2006, IPIMAS has not implemented the project as scheduled. So far, activities were limited to community meetings and information dissemination re the RNIP project although a site for the nursery and plantation area for indigenous herbs and traditional medicines was already identified.

(3) First Weave–Orang Asli Women Self-Development Initiative, implemented by the Tompok Topoh-Mah Meri Women’s First Weave Group in Pulau Carey, Selangor, Malaysia with the assistance of COAC (Centre for Orang Asli Concerns). After almost a year of project implementation, the group has expanded to 17 members. Training members is built-in with the groups weaving activities, the apprentices learn from the experts. Their average income increased from MR150 to MR250 per month per member. Each member contributes 10 percent of her income to the group’s common Fund. The group established a Pandanus (raw material for weaving) plantation underneath coconut plantations in the area. For more details, see feature story on the Tompok Topoh in this issue.

(4) Honey-bees breeding empowerment by Indigenous people around the damaged forest in Sei Merdeka, Samboja, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, Indonesia implemented by the Padhepokan Canstrik Nusantara (PCN) for the Dayak, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The target of the project is to involve the community within the predominantly-grassland areas in Sei Merdeka area in honey-bee breeding and eventually honey production for commercial purposes. Honey bees are available in some houses in the area. So far, the project had done socialization (dialogues and information dissemination) with key leaders in the target communities and had done bee culture for some farmers who are potential bee culture participants.

(5) Ancestral land development through vegetable productionimplemented by Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID-Davao) for the Talaandig, Bukidnon, Philippines. The project has been completed but will be funded for the year 2007 for another phase. A major aspect of the project is the provision of a sustainable water supply not only for potable domestic water supply but also for sprinkler irrigation in the more accessible farms. Constructed with the help of engineers from PAFID, the water was tapped from a spring in a nearby mountain range more than 5 km away. The local IP organization – the Portulin Tribal Association (PTA) – used some of the funds as a loan package (in kind) for farm inputs and to be paid after harvest without interest which was used to buy farm inputs for the next recipients. The fund is managed by the women members of the tribe. More details of the project are in one of the featured stories in this issue.

(6) Partnership project for protection and development of the Mamanwa people’s ancestral land and waters in Lake Mainit implemented by PAFID-Davao for the Mamanwa, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. A significant component of the project that was recently completed with the support of PAFID-Davao and visibly seen in the Mamanwa community of 48 households is the free-flowing supply of potable water for domestic and other purposes. They Mamanwa claim these significantly reduced water-borne diseases especially among children. The community established a small nursery with around 4,000 seedling stocks of various kinds of fruit and tree seedlings.

(7) Lupa pusaka (ancestral domain) agroforestry, watershed development and the construction of irrigation/water system implemented by PINSUGG for the Subanen, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. In the PINSUGG community nursery around 100 m away from the schoolhouse in the community some seedlings found include pomelo, mango, nangka, durian, and mahogany acquired from the Department of Agriculture for distribution to households. Households were earlier given seeds for trial planting in the area. A missing aspect of the project, which is yet to be constructed, is the proposed water supply. Initial survey was done already and the spring water source was already identified.

(8) Lumad Women’s Arts and Crafts
implemented by Subanon Women’s Association for the Lumad in Zamboanga del Norte assisted by Tebtebba. The association is composed of 35 members with two male member-trainers, one on basket making and the other on furniture making. On-the-job trainings in weaving mat, basket, hat, hanging flower base, envelope, winnowing basket, and plates were done. Raw materials used include Sabutan, Nito and Bikal, non-timber forest products available in the area. The finished products are bought by the association from the weavers and sold, with a mark-up price that goes to the organization.



 

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