Building Country Safeguard Systems Briefing Note No. 4: Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples through Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems | Asian Development Bank

Building Country Safeguard Systems Briefing Note No. 4: Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples through Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems

Publication | May 2016
Building Country Safeguard Systems Briefing Note No. 4: Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples through Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems

Opportunities remain to strengthen country safeguard systems for indigenous peoples by improving developing member countries' capacity to implement projects affecting them. 

The indigenous peoples safeguards of ADB's safeguard policy statement aim to ensure that projects are designed and implemented in a way that respects the identity, dignity, human rights, livelihood systems, and cultural uniqueness of indigenous peoples as defined by the indigenous peoples themselves. This is to help ensure that indigenous communities can actively participate in and receive culturally appropriate social and economic benefits from development projects, and do not suffer adverse impacts from them.

Apart from ensuring that environmental and social safeguards are integrated in every project, ADB also helps its developing member countries strengthen and effectively implement their country safeguard systems (CSS) and build their capacity to address environmental and social issues in development projects by providing technical assistance.

About this publication

This briefing note is part of a series on country safeguard systems for effective environmental management, protection of displaced persons, safeguarding indigenous peoples, strengthening capacity, as well as ADB’s efforts to support its developing member countries in strengthening their environmental and social safeguards.