The World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP) is a global alliance of nomadic peoples and communities practicing various forms of mobility as a livelihood strategy while conserving biological diversity and using natural resources in a sustainable way.
WAMIP is affiliated with CEESP and is currently hosted in CENESTA,
the Centre for Sustainable Development (Iran) http://www.cenesta.org/. CENESTA will offer secretariat support to the Alliance during its transition period.
WAMIP sees an ideal future in which:
* Mobility is recognised and appreciated as a strategy for both sustainable livelihoods and conservation of biological diversity
* Mobile indigenous peoples (MIPs) are in full solidarity among themselves and with other indigenous peoples
* The rights of mobile indigenous peoples to natural resources (as per the relevant United Nations Draft Declaration) are fully respected
In such a world, mobile indigenous peoples will enjoy broad social recognition and respect. Enabling legal and policy environments will allow them to determine priorities and strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of their lands, territories and other resources based on their own tenure systems and customary laws. They will be free to maintain and develop their distinct identities and cultural values, and to exercise strong cultural traditions and customs, including social organisation, distinctive juridical customs, and appropriate educational approaches. In addition, they will be free to maintain and develop contacts, relations, and cooperation with other peoples across international borders and, as needed, engage in peaceful resolution of conflict with other peoples and countries.
Mission of WAMIP
The mission of WAMIP is to assist and empower mobile indigenous peoples throughout the world to maintain their mobile lifestyles in pursuit of livelihoods and cultural identity, to sustainably manage their common property resources and to obtain the full respect of their rights.