Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSPs) for Biodiversity

Indigenous communities have been interacting with their natural environment for generations, and have accumulated knowledge on how to preserve the ecological balance in their ancestral lands. In collaboration with academic institutes, the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), indigenous researchers documented their IKSPs, which contribute to biodiversity conservation. The recognition of these IKSPs by the DENR and other stakeholders forms a basis for stronger inclusion of IPs in the governance of protected areas and in local land-use plans.