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Indigenous Soniwal community

GBPI has carried-out a mapping exercise through which identified a number of Indigenous communities in Gilgit-Baltistan, adherent to their traditional occupations as major source of their livelihood income. These communities are relying on natural resource-use to feed their families since long time. Gradually, their access to natural resources is restricted, compelling them to leave their indigenous occupations and traditional lands. They are migrating to urban centers in search of livelihood opportunities. About 47% of the total land in Gilgit-Baltistan is notified as protected areas under various categories of ecosystem management. Construction of mega infrastructural projects including mega dams, highways and economic corridors are further reducing traditional land use options and natural resource uses in the area. Indigenous People (IPs) do not have any forum to discuss and raise their concerns over denial of their traditional rights. GBPI has initiated consultations process with IPs for establishing Indigenous People organizations and a network of indigenous people in Gilgit-Baltistan so they can raise their collective voices and concerns at higher level decision making forums.