Nature+ people & governance: Can conservation tackle poverty?

Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. She was the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2010). As an indigenous leader she got actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. She helped build the indigenous peoples' movement in the Cordillera as a youth activist in the early 1970s. She helped organize indigenous peoples in the community level to fight against the projects of the Marcos Dictatorship such as the Chico River Hydroelectric Dam and the Cellophil Resources Corporation. These communities succeeded in stopping these.

Presently, she is the Executive Director of Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), an indigenous peoples' think tank doing research, education and training, publications and policy advocacy. She has been one of the Philippine government negotiators of the REDD+ Agreements. She helped put in place the REDD+ social and environmental safeguards. She co-chaired the SBSTA Working Group on REDD+ in 2011 and April 2012.

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