Archive for June, 2013

Court of Appeal’s landmark decision on Native Land

Thursday June 27, 2013 By SHARON LING


KUCHING: The Court of Appeal’s decision in a recent land case should settle any dispute over what constitutes native customary rights NCR land in Sarawak.

Last week, the court ruled that pemakai menoa communal land is NCR land, upholding the decision of the Sibu High Court in the case of Tuai Rumah Sandah Tabau.

The decision is expected to have repercussions on the state government’s land development plans, particularly with regard to large-scale oil palm plantations.

Prominent land rights lawyer Baru Bian said the unanimous judgment by the three-member CA panel last Friday followed the landmark decisions of the Court of Appeal in the Nor Nyawai case and the Federal Court in Medeli Salleh that pemakai menoa and pulau galau communal forest reserve are NCR land.

“This decision is very clear. Various interpretations were made in the submissions but we are delighted that, following Nor Nyawai, the judges reaffirmed that pemakai menoa is NCR land,” he told reporters here.

However, he said the problem was that the state’s legal advisers chose not to accept the court’s decision that pemakai menoa and pulau galau were NCR land.In view of this, the state PKR chairman said he would furnish Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and other state ministers with all the court decisions on pemakai menoa and pulau galau.

“To date there are at least five decisions in the High Court that confirm pemakai menoa while Sandah’s decision is at the Court of Appeal. We will give them the judgments so that there will be no more excuses for them to say that pemakai menoa and pulau galau are not NCR land. Let them read the decisions of the courts,” he said, adding that huge areas of state land were in fact pemakai menoa and pulau galau but had been given to oil palm plantations. In the cases that we have won, the court has ordered the land to be returned to the landowners and the provisional lease PL nullified.”

In an immediate response, Land Development Minister Tan Sri James Masing said the state government would have no choice but to abide by the court’s decision if it affirmed pemakai menoa as NCR land.

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This week I will post about RIAM.

RIAM is a powerful Impact Assessment system that organises and analyses the components selected by the scooping of any holistic environmental impact assessment.

The RIAM method provides a completely transparent record of the judgements made in the process, coupled with a fast analysis system and results that can be simply presented.

RIAM can be used for a wide range of Impact Assessments at different levels of decision making and planning.

RIAM has successfully been used for Initial Environmental Evalution IEE and Environmental Impact Assessment EIA, as well for Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA and Regional Environmental & Social Assessment RESA.

RIAM may be adapted for use in Sustainability Appraisal SA, evaluation of performance and for programme/project prioritisation.

Read more :HERE

Reclaiming Indigenous Planning | McGill-Queen’s University Press

“How Indigenous peoples are reclaiming community planning practices and ideologies.”

Centuries-old community planning practices in Indigenous communities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia have, in modern times, been eclipsed by ill-suited western approaches, mostly derived from colonial and neo-colonial traditions. Since planning outcomes have failed to reflect the rights and interests of Indigenous people, attempts to reclaim planning have become a priority for many Indigenous nations throughout the world.

In Reclaiming Indigenous Planning, scholars and practitioners connect the past and present to facilitate better planning for the future. With examples from the Canadian Arctic to the Australian desert, and the cities, towns, reserves and reservations in between, contributors engage topics including Indigenous mobilization and resistance, awareness-raising and seven-generations visioning, Indigenous participation in community planning processes, and forms of governance. Relying on case studies and personal narratives, these essays emphasize the critical need for Indigenous communities to reclaim control of the political, socio-cultural, and economic agendas that shape their lives.

The first book to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors together across continents, Reclaiming Indigenous Planning shows how urban and rural communities around the world are reformulating planning practices that incorporate traditional knowledge, cultural identity, and stewardship over land and resources.

Contributors include Robert Adkins (Community and Economic Development Consultant, USA), Chris Andersen (Alberta), Giovanni Attili (La Sapienza), Aaron Aubin (Dillon Consulting), Shaun Awatere (Landcare Research, New Zealand), Yale Belanger (Lethbridge), Keith Chaulk (Memorial), Stephen Cornell (Arizona), Sherrie Cross (Macquarie), Kim Doohan (Native Title and Resource Claims Consultant, Australia), Kerri Jo Fortier (Simpcw First Nation), Bethany Haalboom (Victoria University, New Zealand), Lisa Hardess (Hardess Planning Inc.), Garth Harmsworth (Landcare Research, New Zealand), Sharon Hausam (Pueblo of Laguna), Michael Hibbard (Oregon), Richard Howitt (Macquarie), Ted Jojola (New Mexico), Tanira Kingi (AgResearch, New Zealand), Marcus Lane (Griffith), Rebecca Lawrence (Umea), Gaim Lunkapis (Malaysia Sabah), Laura Mannell (Planning Consultant, Canada), Hirini Matunga (Lincoln University, New Zealand), Deborah McGregor (Toronto), Oscar Montes de Oca (AgResearch, New Zealand), Samantha Muller (Flinders), David Natcher (Saskatchewan), Frank Palermo (Dalhousie), Robert Patrick (Saskatchewan), Craig Pauling (Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu), Kurt Peters (Oregon State), Libby Porter (Monash), Andrea Procter (Memorial), Sarah Prout (Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, Australia), Catherine Robinson (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia), Shadrach Rolleston (Planning Consultant, New Zealand), Leonie Sandercock (British Columbia), Crispin Smith (Planning Consultant, Canada), Sandie Suchet-Pearson (Macquarie), Siri Veland (Brown), Ryan Walker (Saskatchewan), Liz Wedderburn (AgResearch, New Zealand).

via Reclaiming Indigenous Planning | McGill-Queen’s University Press.

AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 2014

The 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference will look at how far we have come in the area of Indigenous studies in Australia in the past 50 years. It will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) as well as 50 years of leadership and excellence in Indigenous studies by AIATSIS.

The conference will be held from Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 March 2014 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, with a welcome reception on 25 March on the grounds outside the AIATSIS building.

The conference will bring together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organisations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Whether your interest in the conference topic is from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives, IT or other equally relevant sectors, the conference presents a unique opportunity to communicate information about your research, projects and programs with a wide audience and to benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest.

Conference Program

The conference will be a celebration of 50 years of AIATSIS. The program will consist of papers and discussions looking at the conference title – 50 years on: Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking. It will include:

Three days of a public program which will involve keynote speeches, Indigenous Talking Circles, Workshops, Panel Discussion and Debates as well as the delivery of Conference papers.

The conference trade fair and cultural program run concurrently with the conference sessions, highlighting the cultural and artistic expressions of the local Indigenous community as well as showcasing the variety of stakeholders working with Indigenous peoples.

The conference dinner which will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of AIATSIS.

Who is the conference for?The Conference has built a reputation for quality and continues to attract around 500 and up to 700 delegates from Australia and beyond. It provides a unique opportunity for a diverse range of researchers and locals to come together to review current

The AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference prides itself on ensuring that Indigenous people are strongly represented in the Conference program. This makes the event attractive to other stakeholders who gain insight and access to Indigenous networks through their participation in the Conference.

Registration Registrations for the 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference will be opening soon. More information will be provided here soon.

Please note the early bird registration closes on 18th December 2013. No more registrations will be taken after 5th March 2014.


Joint Workshop on Borderlands Modeling and Understanding for Global Sustainability

ISPRS/ IGU/ICA Joint Workshop. Venue: December 5-6, 2013, Beijing, China

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Achieving sustainable development is a consensus of the international community, as declared by the Rio+ 20 Outcome Document. How to accomplish this task is a big challenge facing the government, private sector and academia. Nowadays the United nations UN are exerting great efforts in mobilizing the world to come up with a post-2015 development agenda based on inputs from all walks of life. It is the moral obligation of the borderland-related research community to have our thought and say, thus making our due contribution.

Borderlands are physical spaces adjoining national boundary lines and geographic units with unique characteristics in terms of geography, natural resources, demography, economy, and culture. In most cases, they unite as a continuum with the same ethnicity, economic pattern and natural resource, and share more common features with the neighboring country instead of the inner land of the mother country. These similarities and identicalness do no respect and cannot be divided by the artificial boundary lines which are politically dictated. People, goods, services and ideas flow across boundaries from state to state in a very easy manner. The borderlands are becoming more and more important in the context of global sustainable development and regional cooperation, and deserve special attention for policy-makers and researchers.

A better understanding of borderlands can be advanced through an integrated multi-disciplinary researches and the utilization of new technologies. During the past few years, we have witnessed recent scientific achievements and technological development in earth observation, global geographic information, geopolitics, geographic modeling, international relations and many other related subjects. This makes it possible to conduct a more comprehensive research of the borderlands areas in our planet through multi-disciplinary collaboration. New concepts and theories, methods and algorithms, as well as the advanced geo-computing tools/ platform can be developed to support the planning, monitoring, and management of borderlands. Scientific innovation and excellency in this domain will not only contribute to the socio-economic development and human well-being in border areas, but will also benefit the global understanding and sustainability.