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Coping with "New Normal" in Climate Change PDF Print

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines, 5 February (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – For years the indigenous Ivatan folk of Batanes islands in northern Philippines have learned to cope with strong typhoons, which have since become part of their lives every rainy season.

Long before climate change became the talk of the global village, the Ivatan, whose communities have long been regarded as the “home of typhoons,” had learned to live with and adapt to a hostile climate. They erected stone houses made of limestone, designed to keep them safe and warm amid pounding rains and howling winds.

Fortunately in recent years, Batanes has not been as battered by typhoons as badly as before. But unfortunately, the routes of typhoons lately have shifted to southern and central Philippines, a phenomenon which has caught many affected communities generally unprepared.

Typhoons Pablo (international name Bopha) and Quinta (Wukong) last December and Sendong (Washi) in December 2011 were the latest to devastate big parts of southern and central Philippines. And still reeling from the trauma of these strong typhoons, many parts of Northern Mindanao were recently flooded due to rains brought about by the tail-end of a cold front and amihan or northeast monsoon.

"Bopha" sends message to negotiators PDF Print

DOHA, Qatar, 7 December (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – An unusually devastating Philippine cyclone has sent an urgent message to those lobbying for a strong global policy to address the impacts of climate change.

“As we are speaking here, thousands of people are reeling from the strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, executive director of Tebtebba, a Philippine-based indigenous institution promoting indigenous peoples’ rights. “This current situation is obviously an impact of our changing climate, which is caused largely by green house gas emissions by the richest nations of the world.”

As co-chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) working group on REDD Plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), Tauli-Corpuz has been in this Qatari capital for the two-week UN climate change talks, which began last November 26.

She was referring to typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo), which, as of 7 December, claimed   over 400 lives, and forced thousands to flee their homes to escape from flash floods and mudslides. News reports from Manila say hundreds missing remain unaccounted after the typhoon packing maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per kilometer landed last December 3.


Make the GCF Relevant to IPs PDF Print

DOHA, Qatar, 30 November (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Even as they have to push for “full and effective participation” at the Green Climate Fund Board meetings and during climate negotiations, indigenous peoples’ representatives are optimistic that the Fund, once available, can help respond to their climate change-related needs, concerns and issues.

“If we can push for equitable access to the Green Climate Fund, we can help our communities to adapt better to the impacts of climate change,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba, a Philippine-based indigenous institution promoting “self-determined development.”

Tauli-Corpuz moderated on 28 November a side event at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings, which began last Monday at this capital city of Qatar.  The event was organized by Tebtebba and the Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership on Climate Change and Forests and supported by the Norwegian Agency for Cooperation and Development.

If guided by international standards on environmental and social safeguards, the Fund can strengthen “our gains in the last 50 years” in the areas of “rights-based and socially responsive development” for indigenous and local communities, said Tauli-Corpuz.

IP Statement on High Level Segment, COP18 PDF Print

Indigenous Peoples are of one voice in speaking for the rights of Mother Earth and the collective rights of indigenous peoples who continue to be vulnerable to the accelerating downward spiral of climate change. It is very unfortunate that at this COP, in the beautiful land of the Arab tribal people, the governmental parties could not reach agreement to limit global greenhouse-gas emissions.

Science and recent studies prove that agro-industry is responsible for 80% of deforestation and industrial logging the other 20%. Experts report that small-scale agriculture feeds 70% of the world, and that approximately one billion people depend on hunting, fishing and gathering for their food security while 40 % of Africa practices pastoralism and depends on it as the sole source of livelihood. These same studies prove that industrial agriculture is harmful, contributing to greenhouse gases, and recommend that the change in land use for its expansion and its large-scale practice be eliminated. We must preserve food security and food sovereignty and not replace them with unsustainable industrial agriculture. Small-scale agricultural production such as indigenous agriculture should be supported and strengthened as the strong solution and adaption to climate change that it is.


IP Statement on Finance, COP18 PDF Print

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the world, are being severely affected by natural calamities, including hurricanes, typhoons, landslides, tsunamis, hail, frost, ice melting, droughts and floods. Those causing the damage have a historical debt, a responsibility to pay for mitigation of and adaptation to the problems they cause.

In order that financing under the UNFCCC successfully address these issues, particularly with regard to indigenous peoples,

We, the indigenous peoples, reiterate that:

  • The UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Rights and the ILO-169 Convention should be taken as a general framework for governments to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples, including the restitution of rights that are being violated directly and indirect by the impact of climate change.
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