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For this week, our buzzword is “ancestral domains”.

It refers to territories and natural resources that indigenous peoples and indigenous cultural communities (IPs/ICCs) have rights to, as recognized through their ancestors who have occupied and/or utilized such areas—communally or individually—since time immemorial.

Source: Department of Environment and Natural Resources Foreign-assisted and Special Projects Services

A PIDS study emphasized the need to ensure and strengthen the integrity of documentation, consultation, and consensus-building processes to ensure free, prior, and informed consent of IPs/ICCs in development projects affecting ancestral domains.

Know more about policies for indigenous peoples by reading “Review of Indigenous Peoples Policy and Institutional Grounding” available at

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