Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) was established and registered with the Ministry of Interior on 30 June 2014 (SOR CHOR NOR No. 1352). It was born out of the desire to change the destiny of the Cambodian Indigenous Peoples Society to take charge of their culture and tradition and their customary rights to land and natural resources in their community as well as in Cambodia.
CIPO has a strong belief that the indigenous peoples (IP), who have an in-depth understanding of the local context, can work effectively (with relevant partners/stakeholders) to make real and sustainable changes to the IPs society. Co-founded by a woman who is Bunong’s ethnic1 from Mondulkiri province, CIPO is a totally IP-led and managed organization that combines the best knowledge of IPs (locally and internationally) and Cambodian society with the ability to creatively respond to the needs for support from the IPs in Cambodia.