Joji Carino

Senior Policy Advisor
Forest Peoples Programme

Joji Carino is Senior Policy Adviser of Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). She is an Ibaloi from the Cordilleras Highlands of the Philippines. As well-known activist and analyst Joji Carino has over thirty years of experience working on indigenous peoples’ rights, from actions to change unsustainable dam projects in the Philippines up to global environment forums such as the CBD, IPBES and Agenda 2030.

In the latest years she has been engaged in organizing networks of indigenous peoples and local communities and their own Community Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS). This work has led to important contributions of indigenous and local knowledge to global policy processes, such as in the CBD and IPBES. Joji has been Executive Secretary of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests and served as Commissioner on the World Commission on Dams, which conducted a global review of the development effectiveness of dams. She was heading the Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity Programme of the Tebtebba Foundation, Philippines, and its ground breaking work on indicators for traditional knowledge.

Since 2013 Joji is Senior Policy Adviser at FPP. Joji has been a pioneer for the respect and recognition of the contribution of Indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES Work Programme and assessments. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary General of the United Nations. Tebtebba as well as FPP are core partner to SwedBio.