Tebtebba is an indigenous peoples’ organization and a research, education, policy advocacy and resource center working with indigenous peoples in the Philippines and in a global context, often in facilitative and capacity-building roles. Tebtebba applies an “Integrated holistic approach for indigenous peoples’ sustainable, self-determined development” (IPSSDD). It integrates the human rights-based approach, ecosystem-based approach, a knowledge-based approach which puts primacy to indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge but that is open to appropriate and relevant modern scientific knowledge, gender, sustainable economy, inter-generational and inter-culturality. Tebtebba has its base in the Philippines, and has a strong outreach through an extensive network over the world.

Our collaboration: Tebtebba has been part of developing the concept of “Community Based Monitroing and Information Systems” (CBMIS) which is based on communities own tools for monitoring their territroies and resources, to the benefit of their governance and decision making. The monitoring can also provide input for monitoring on scales beyond the local.

The ongoing project embraces and develop further the activities based on CBMIS and will continue to provide substantial contributions to methods development for bottom up monitoring of the Aichi targets of the CBD, as well as to the IPBES and SDGs. The overall objective is “to enable indigenous communities to assert their rights to lands and territories and manage resources towards attaining food security while strengthening community resilience”. Whereas piloting is done by partners in the Philippines, outreach and upscaling will contribute to the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development, organized by Tebtebba and composed of 18 Indigenous organizations in 13 countries in Tropical and Sub-tropical regions.