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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.
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.

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.

Click here to watch the interview.

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