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PFII/2007/WS.3/7 Original: English UNITED NATIONS NATIONS UNIESDEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRSDivision for Social Policy and DevelopmentCo-organizersSecretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesGovernment of Khabarovsk Krai and the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON)INTERNATIONAL EXPERT GROUP MEETING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLESAND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT KHABAROVSK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION AUGUST 27.-29, 2007 Case Study on the Impacts of Mining and Dams on the Environment and Indigenous Peoples in Benguet, Cordillera, Philippines Paper by CORDILLERA PEOPLES ALLIANCEI. BackgroundLand and People of Benguet The Cordillera region in Northern Luzon, Philippines, is homeland to more than 1 million indigenous peoples belonging to at least 8 distinct ethnic groups collectively known as Igorots. Two of these ethnic groups, the Ibaloy and the Kankanaey, are found in the province of Benguet, which occupies 265,538 hectares of the Cordillera regions total land area of 1.8 million hectares. The Ibaloy people live in the southeastern portion, occupying 8 of the provinces 13 towns. The Kankanaey, meanwhile dominate the northeast areas of Benguet. Benguets fertile land along the rivers and gold ore in the mountains saw the e

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