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Ms. Vicky Tauli Corpuz
CSD Indigenous Peoples? Caucus Tebtebba - Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education
1 Roman Ayson Road, Baguio City, Philippines, 2600
Tel: +63-74-4447703;
Fax:+ 63-74-4439459
E-mail: vicky@tebtebba.org
E-mail: vtcorpuz@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.tebtebba.org/

Ms. Jocelyn Carino Nettleton
Tebtebba - Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education European Office
111 Faringdon Road, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxon SN7 8LD, UK
Tel (work/home): +44-1367-718889
Tel (work): +44-207-326-0363
E-mail: tebtebba@gn.apc.org
E-mail: tongtong@gn.apc.org
E-mail: joji(at)tebtebba.org
Website: http://www.tebtebba.org/

Mr. Tom Goldtooth
Indigenous Environmental Network
P.O. Box 485, Bemidji, MN 56619-0485,USA
Tel: +1-218-751-4967;
Fax: +1-218-751-0561
E-mail: ien@igc.org
Website: http://www.ienearth.org/
Agenda 21: Chapter 26

RECOGNIZING AND STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THEIR COMMUNITIES

26.1. Indigenous people and their communities have an historical relationship with their lands and are generally descendants of the original inhabitants of such lands. In the context of this chapter the term "lands" is understood to include the environment of the areas which the people concerned traditionally occupy. Indigenous people and their communities represent a significant percentage of the global population.

Indigenous people have developed over many generations a holistic traditional scientific knowledge of their lands, natural resources and environment. Indigenous people and their communities shall enjoy the full measure of human rights and fundamental freedoms without hindrance or discrimination. Their ability to participate fully in sustainable development practices on their lands has tended to be limited as a result of factors of an economic, social and historical nature. In view of the interrelationship between the natural environment and its sustainable development and the cultural, social, economic and physical well-being of indigenous people, national and international efforts to implement environmentally sound and sustainable development should recognize, accommodate, promote and strengthen the role of indigenous people and their communities.
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