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Zo Indigenous Forum at UN Biodiversity Summit 2012.

Zo Indigenous Forum participates in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - Conference of Parties (COP) -11 at Hyderabad from 8-19th October 2012. Under the banner of International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), we have been actively involved in the IIFB meeting, drafting and negotiations, discussion as well as side events. The IIFB is a collection of representatives from indigenous governments, indigenous non-governmental organizations and indigenous scholars and activists that organize around the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other important international environmental meetings to help coordinate indigenous strategies at these meetings, provide advice to the government parties, and influence the interpretations of government obligations to recognize and respect indigenous rights to the knowledge and resources.

Mr C. Lalremruata, Director, ZIF presented a presentation "Mega Dams in North East India" at the side event organised on  10th October 2012 by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and different indigenous organisations in India. In his paper he highlighted that North East India has two biodiversity hotspots, via: Himalaya and Indo-Burma hotspot. He highlighted that the government started constructing dams in the region; sometimes the environmental laws were violated. The government and the company building dams do not care about the impact of the indigenous peoples and how it affects the biodiversity of the areas. He also highlighted that the construction of dams has affected the economic, social and cultural life of the indigenous peoples in the region.
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