In light of the urgency of both forest conservation and the recognition of indigenous communities’ rights to land and resources, along with the documented potential for creating conservation synergies through recognition of community rights, this study tries to look at the approaches to forest conservation taken in Myanmar so far, and to take stock of their achievements and impact with respect to both forest conservation and the rights and wellbeing of communities. By contributing to a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses, potential and limitations of the approaches taken so far, this study hopes to contribute to finding new and more effective ways of conserving Myanmar's forests and respecting and protecting the rights of its indigenous communities. The conclusions drawn and recommendations made based on the findings of this study are particularly aimed at providing inputs to the current drafting of a REDD+ Strategy for Myanmar.
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The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together) was established in March 2012. It is started as a response to the lack of organization led by “Indigenous Peoples” working for Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Myanmar. In the past, only the religious organizations are the strong civil society working for its related indigenous people’s needs of humanitarian and development assistance to some extent. Therefore, the organization POINT was formed in order to fill the gap of promoting the rights of indigenous peoples along with increased awareness on environmental related knowledge.
The purpose of the Mekong Land Research Forum online site is to provide structured access to published and unpublished research on land issues in the Mekong Region. It is based on the premise that debates and decisions around land governance can be enhanced by drawing on the considerable volume of research, documented experience and action-based reflection that is available.