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Traditional Knowledge is also Science,Indigenous Peoples AssertQUEZON CITY, Philippines— For some time American soldiers, who were then based at their military bases in Clark and Subic Bay in central Luzon had tapped some indigenous Aeta to teach them about how to survive in a jungle. Former nomadic hunters and gatherers, the Aeta taught American soldiers how to trap wild game and ... Read more

OPDP's PARTICIPATION AT UNPFII

In almost all territories inhabited by the Indigenous peoples of the world, there is an increasing pressure on indigenous lands, territories and resources due to commercial interests that result in land conflicts, evictions and use change. For instance the Ogiek community in Kenya  face pressures resulting for the governments decisions and efforts to This Side Event is aimed to ... Read more

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Ogiek Peoples Development Program

OGIEK PEOPLES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM- (OPDP)

The Ogiek Peoples Development Program (OPDP) was founded in 1999, and registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 2001 by the Kenyan government. It was formed by typical Ogiek elders, opinion leaders, farmers and professionals after long land historical injustices that deprived Ogiek community of its rights as Kenyan citizen. Its aim is to promote and protect Ogiek culture, land, language, environment, and human rights. It is based in Nakuru town and operates in three main counties inhabited by this community namely: - Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, and Narok.

Ogiek means ‘ caretaker of all’ of plants and animals, or scientifically the flora and fauna. The Maasai nicknamed them “ iltorobo” that meant a poor person without herds of cattle. They are a hunter gatherer group and solely depend on the forest for food, medicine, shelter and preservation of their culture. Ogiek being foresters and conservators of nature, they are found in places where trees, birds and wild animals provides them with psychological confort. Ogiek population is being estimated to be approximately 20,000 people, though no exact census have been done clearly targeting this endangered community. Majority of its members live in Mau forest, in the great Rift Valley Province. Due to their small in number,

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