Lapat System, an Environmental Law of the Maeng Tribe

Topics: Indigenous peoples, Climate change, Weather Pages: 1 (360 words) Published: September 25, 2014
Lapat System, Indigenous Knowledge, Systems, and Practices (IKSP) of Maeng Tribe-Tubo: A Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Nuval, Paul Joseph A.1, Colting, Lita .M.2
1Instructor, Department of Development COmmunication, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet 2Director, Open University, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet Email:

Mobile Number: 09298683394

The study determined effective governing practices of the Lapat system and determined how these practices adapt to climate change. Lapat system refers to the indigenous resource management system of the Maeng Tribe of Tubo in managing the natural resources within the ancestral domain which means to prohibit or to regulate. With its meaning, the standing purpose of the practice is to regulate, protect, and conserve the use of resources and its biodiversity. Based on the findings, the characteristics of Lapat that can be an adaptation strategy for climate change relates the regulation and prohibition the harvesting of forest and water by-products and maintain its biodiversity.

Further, the study underscored that the Lapat system encapsulates three concepts: IP rights over land and resources; protection of biodiversity; and the ecosystem-based approach. These three concepts converged and were pointed out as potential climate change adaptation measure. Also, the study identified the interrelationship of the human responses to Lapat system such as human activities (mining activities, logging activities, burning forests vis-à-vis hunting wildlife, pollution from the urbanized areas, and excessive use of farm inputs), felt and/or observed climatic changes (temperature rise, unexpected rainfall, strong typhoons and volume of water in flooding, and change in calendar), to their biodiversity’s inventory. Findings show that the continuous implementation of the Lapat system interrelates these three dimensions of human responses. The study recommends that the LGU should...
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