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Lecture | Symposium

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management

Monday 23 October 2017
Ethnological Museum
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management

An international symposium in honour of the work of Prof. dr. Gerard Persoon
On the occasion of his retirement from Leiden University 

The international symposium in honour of the work of retiring Professor dr. Gerard Persoon, who held the IIAS Chair Environment and Development at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, will take place on October 23, 2017, at the Ethnological Museum in Leiden.

The symposium will consist of a series of presentations on the interdisciplinary theme of Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management by scholars from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Cameroon and the Netherlands, and will be closed by a lecture by Prof. Gerard Persoon himself (see the tentative program below).    

Please register for the symposium by sending an email to the secretariat of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (secrcaos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl) specifying your name and affiliation. As seats are limited, be advised to register early.

*Update (20-10-2017): you can't register for the symposium anymore. 

Program Symposium Retirement Prof. Gerard Persoon 23 October 2017

Moderator/Master of Ceremonies: Merlijn van Weerd


Coffee and tea


Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Merlijn van Weerd

- 10.00

Opening remarks by Prof. dr. Cristina Grasseni (Scientific Director of the Insitute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University) 

10.00 - 10.50

Keynote address and Fifth Louwes Lecture by Mr. Dave de Vera (Executive Director Philippine Assoc. For Intercultural Development, Inc. (PAFID))

Title: Indigenous Community Conservation in the Philippines

10.50 -

Presentation by dr. Dante Aquino (Professor/University Director, Research and Development, Isabela State University)

Title: Upholding Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Philippines: Policy implementation and onsite field realities



11.25 - 11.50 

Presentation by dr. Tessa Minter (Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University) 

Title: Does collective ownership matter? Logging, land rights and gender in the Philippines and Solomon Islands.

11.50 -


12.05 - 13.00


13.00 - 13.25

Presentation by dr. Louis Defo (University of Yaounde I, Cameroon) 

Title: Promoting indigenous peoples’ rights and livelihoods through forest certification: The case of Baka in South East Cameroon

13.25 – 13.50 

Presentation by dr. Haman Unusa (Ministry of Environment Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development; Visiting lecturer University of Dschang)

Title: Nomadic Pastoralism in Far North Cameroon: A response to environmental pressures rather than a cultural trait  

13.50 -

Presentation by dr. Huei-Min Tsai (Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University)

Title: Native Science and Island Social-Ecological System Governance on Pongso-no-Tau (Orchid Island), Taiwan

14.15 - 14.30 


14.30 -

Coffee Break

15.00 - 15.25 

Presentation by dr. Juniator Tulius (Research fellow Earth Observatory, Nanyang Technological University Singapore)

Title: A new hope for nature conservation. Indigenous movements in natural resource management and participatory approaches to biodiversity conservation on the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia

15.25 - 16.10

Presentation by Prof. dr. Gerard Persoon 

Title: Indigenous Peoples: Local impact of international rights 

16.10 -

Discussion and synthesis of the day

16.30 -

Various surprises

17.30 - 19.30 


The Louwes Lectures on Food and Water are organized jointly by the Universities of Oxford and Leiden.


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