Planning Partnerships for Indigenous Cultural Landscapes: Conditions for Conflict and Cooperation at Mt. Pulag National Park, the Philippines

Dr. Sandra Pinel
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The Philippine National Integrated Protected Area Systems Act (NIPAS), Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and Local Government Code exemplify the collaborative regional planning theory and the World Parks’ Congress of 2003 call for co-management partnerships with resident and indigenous peoples for cultural and natural landscapes. Under what conditions do these overlapping Philippine programs lead to competing or collaborative plans. Findings from Mt. Pulag National Park Protected Area Management Board, which represents three provinces, four “tribes”, and multiple municipal and barangay jurisdictions with overlapping claims to ancestral domain and the park, and from the "harmonization" task force for ancestral rights and protected areas indicate the decentralization and land titling may cause more conflict without stronger regional governance.

Keywords: Indigenous rights, Cultural landscapes, Co-management, Conflict, Decentralization
Stream: Cultural Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Planning Partnerships for Indigenous Cultural Landscapes

Dr. Sandra Pinel

PhD Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sandra Pinel is a PhD Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Anthropology. She is also a Research Fellow at UP Baguio Cordillera Studies Center and at UP Diliman College of Public Administration and School of Urban and Regional Planning. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and previously employed by tribal, local, regional, state and federal government and non-profit agencies in the United States as a senior planner, program officer, and strategy manager, and program officer for culturally appropriate economic development. Her interests are how to sustain indigenous cultural communities while dealing with economic and social change and how to address contested landscapes that cross government jurisdictions. She is currently completing research in the Philippines as a Boren Fellow.

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