SPERI’s work toward creating a Grassroots foundation for Traditional Civil Society Organizational & Institutional Development beyond national, territorial, social, and political borders has resulted in the creation of Mekong Community Network Action for Ecological Trading (MECO-ECOTRA).
Livelihood Sovereignty is ‘a holistic ethical alternative solution’ which consists of five inter-relative rights: 1) The right to land, forest and water, clean air and natural landscape (basic); 2) The right to maintain one’s own religion (unique); 3) The right to live according to one’s own way of life and values of happiness and wellbeing within one’s own natural environment (practice); 4) The right to operate according to one’s own knowledge and decide what to plant, initiate, create and invent on one’s own land; (holistic); and 5) The right to co-manage or co-govern natural resources with neighboring communities and local authorities (strategic).
Nature is the Mother of all creatures. Such a simple and long lasting philosophy should always remind us to promote ‘Friendliness in mind - Faith in our behaviour - and Beauty in our relationships’. 'Nurturing Nature’ is a belief but also a part of the traditional ethical system. It is the most civilized way of interacting between men and men, and men and nature.
The Livelihood Sovereignty Alliance 2013 - 2025 between Consultancy on Development Institute (CODE), Culture Identity and Resource Use Management (CIRUM) and Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI) in one direction, sharing their methods and maximizing their efforts and achievements, with the three pillars of 1) Eco-Farming Education, 2) Livelihood Sovereignty and 3) Nurturing Nature interacting to nourish the Civil Society River flowing in order to balance and fertilize its two sides government and business. The Alliance uses the term ‘livelihood’ with respect the goal of indigenous and ethnic minority peoples in the Mekong region of achieving “Livelihood Sovereignty” ...