Indigenous knowledge systems and practices in the Philippines

General framework for the protection and promotion of indigenous knowledge systems and practices in the Philippines

The Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSPs) have been proven to contribute to the sustainability and productivity of many ecosystems, examples of which include the rice terraces and imuyung (private woodlot of the Ifugao, the traditional biodiverse swidden of the Hanunuo, the fish conservation practices of the Dumagat, and the traditional herbal medicines of many Filipino ethnic communities.

Undoubtedly, the indigenous peoples communities have made courageous efforts to protect their IKSPs, but with the rapid development around them and subsequent massive degradation of natural resources, those efforts are not enough. Their local initiatives need to be recognized, enhanced and supported by the government.