The International Alliance

Together with other organizations we represent indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions (Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas

About Us

The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests is a worldwide network of organizations representing indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions (Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas). The Alliance was founded in 1992 during an indigenous conference in Malaysia, where the Charter of the Alliance was adopted, and

Our Programs

Traditional Knowledge

Traditional Knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous peoples. Developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment, traditional knowledge is often transmitted orally from generation to generation. Indigenous peoples hold vast knowledge on how to avert global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Documenting indigenous knowledge in bio-cultural protocols is important in protecting traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples.

Forest and Biodiversity

Indigenous Peoples live on lands that make up around 20 per cent of the earth’s territory, containing 80 per cent of the world’s remaining biodiversity.  Forests are the most diverse ecosystems on land, because they hold the vast majority of the world’s terrestrial species. Forests managed by indigenous peoples emit less carbon than those managed by other groups and this is one way of reducing deforestation and biodiversity loss.

Access to Indigenous Lands and territories.

International Alliance seeks to ensure that indigenous communities’ right to their lands and territories are respected. IPs have deep connections to their lands, territories and resources which are basic to their existence and existence itself. Advancing this collective right not only contributes to their well-being but also to the greater good, by tackling problems such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity. We continue to champion for the recognition of indigenous territories in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

Traditional knowledge(Ogiek community)

Ogiek community have had a varied transition in the past years. People in their community ensure that they protect biodiversity which includes animals and trees. Watch the video for more insights