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Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 4 Dec. 2012
Analysis of the Current State of COP18 Negotiations and Indigenous Peoples' Demands on the Green Climate Fund

Interview! Climate Change Studio
Recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

IIPFCC Policy Paper
International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Policy Paper on Climate Change
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Analysis of COP18 Negotiations PDF Print

Indigenous panelists share their analysis on the current state of the climate change negotiations currently underway in Doha, Qatar (UNFCCC COP18). They analyze the current texts of the SBI (Subsidiary Body on Implementation) and SBSTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice) and expressed dismay over the slow-paced negotiations in the Long Term Cooperative Action and Kyoto Protocol working groups. They also shared the need to ensure that the gains that indigenous peoples have achieved so far are carried over to the next climate agreement currently being negotiated under the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP).

These gains include recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, their traditional knowledge, and full and effective participation in climate change-related processes.

On the Green Climate Fund, the panelists called for full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, with separate representation from civil society. They also expressed the need to ensure that safeguards and the recourse mechanism are implemented in initiatives to be funded by the Fund. Lastly, they called on the need for direct access by indigenous peoples of the GCF, through a small grants facility for indigenous peoples, to support their climate change mitigation and adaptation needs and initiatives. This is most urgent in the face of climate disasters that continue to wreak havoc on indigenous peoples, such as the super typhoon Bopha now hitting the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, where a large population of indigenous peoples live.

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Vital Role of IPs in Climate Negotiations PDF Print

Climate Change Studio interviews Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba. In the interview, she gives an update on the REDD Plus negotiations, as co-Chair of the Contact Group on REDD of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). 

She then discusses the importance of recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations -- as one of the most vulnerable to climate change and as providers of solutions to climate change. She reiterates the important role of indigenous peoples in managing and conserving forests and the need to look at forests, not as carbon, but as vital to humanity and indigenous peoples' survival -- providing vital ecosystem services, traditional livelihoods, cultural identity. She further explains the gains indigenous peoples has achieved so far in the climate change agreements from Copenhagen to Durban.

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REDD+ and IPs of Cameroon PDF Print

Main worries of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) relevant to REDD+ social safeguards in Cameroon are expressed in terms of unfavorable or restricted rights of IPLC to legal land tenure and ownership, restricted access to resources, lack of transparent and effective governance, inequitable sharing of profits stemming from activities aimed at exploiting, conserving and managing the forest as well as the absence of real engagement and participation to seek the consent of indigenous and local forest people. Recommendations are provided on participation, land tenure, benefit sharing. These recommendations are aimed at complementing existing efforts in building a credible REDD+ social safeguards system in Cameroon. The leading and coordinating government institution on REDD+ in Cameroon should therefore promote the creation of a task force to push forward the development of REDD+ social safeguards in Cameroon.

Download the Report published by WWF and CED, Cameroon, October 2012.
 
Closing Statement on SBSTA Working Group on REDD+ PDF Print

Thank you chair for the opportunity to present Indigenous Peoples’ views.

Indigenous Peoples live from the forests and forests depend on us. Our traditional forest management, conservation and livelihood practices such as shifting cultivation and pastoralism must therefore be recognized and respected. They are not drivers of deforestation but rather adaptive strategies which are being placed at risk by climate change.

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IIPFCC intervention for the AWG-KP PDF Print

Thank You, Mr. President.

I am speaking in the name of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change.

We are concerned over the process of the progress of the Kyoto Protocol second commitment, since some parties are blocking the road to climate change solutions. We, the Indigenous Peoples, reaffirm our call to all parties to commit in progressing once and for all in assuming second period commitments in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol, as indicated by the Durban decisions.

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