Executive Director, The Land Tenure Facility
Nonette is a lawyer, a specialist for indigenous peoples, natural resources and land rights in South East Asia. Her work in Indonesia, the Philippines and the South East Asia region spans at least 25 years. Nonette co-founded of Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, (1989) a law group for defense of land/environment rights of indigenous peoples; the Women’s Legal Bureau (1991), to counsel gender equality and violence against women (VAW), and the Samdhana Institute (1994) to build institutional and financial mechanisms to support rights-based sustainable and integrated land and natural resources management regimes of local and indigenous peoples. In Indonesia, Nonette helped design and implement a people and biodiversity-oriented
grants mechanism of the USAID’s Biodiversity Support Program-Kemala (1995-2001); DFID’s first Multistakeholder Forestry Program in (2001-2007) and NICFI’s CSO Rights based approaches in REDD+ through the Samdhana Institute (2007-17). The ‘fund-local-rights’ approach has become one of the
foundations of rights-based forest governance grants mechanisms applied in South East Asia. The Samdhana Institute, domiciled in both Indonesia and the Philippines, is now implementing the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for local and indigenous peoples of Indonesia of the Forest Investment Program, among others, providing strategic financial and technical assistance to grassroots groups. Nonette remains a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines 1991.