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Tebtebba/FPP Side Event at SB42, 8 June 2015
Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; 1:15pm at Bonn2, World Conference Center

Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 15 Nov. 2013
TYPHOON HAIYAN AND EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS: How Indigenous Peoples are Coping with Disasters

Tebtebba/Partnership Side Event
Side event of Tebtebba and Indigenous Peoples' Partnership on Climate Change & Forests at COP 19, 13 Nov 2013 at Warsaw, Poland.

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

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International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Policy Paper on Climate Change
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Indigenous groups in Latin America, Africa and Asia offer model for saving world’s forests, bulwarks against climate change

New book reveals that their ability to preserve forests is under threat from land grabs by governments and developers


Editor’s Note: The book’s authors are currently in Warsaw and available for interviews.

WARSAW, Poland, 13 November 2013—Through the conservation and protection of forests by traditional forest management approaches, indigenous peoples of Latin America, Africa and Asia demonstrate best practices for staving off the threatening impacts of changing climate patterns, such as the typhoon that recently ripped through the Philippines, say indigenous scholars in a new book.

Yet despite the crucial role that these forest-dwelling people play in saving the world’s remote forests, the book cautions that many indigenous groups risk losing control over these resources in the face of weak land rights and the grabbing of their lands by governments and developers for the purpose of mining, logging and other natural resource extraction. A recent report by the Rights and Resources Initiative revealed that, worldwide, some 30 percent of land handed over to companies for commercial development overlapped with indigenous and community forests.

Media Advisory: Typhoon Haiyan and IPs PDF Print


Indigenous Peoples Across the Globe Voice Fear from Frontlines of Extreme Weather: Experiences from Africa, Asia and Latin America Suggest Danger to Millions, if Global Community Fails to Help Vulnerable Regions Cope with Climate Change


In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead and devastated central Philippines, the country’s indigenous peoples—most of whom are located in isolated, forested communities—are emerging as among the worst hit. The indigenous Tagbanwa community of Coron and Taran islands, for example, lost lives, homes and boats—their primary means of transport and income.

According to the latest Global Climate Risk Index, 530,000 people died from 15,000 extreme weather events over the last two decades. Due to their remote locations, indigenous peoples are often severely impacted by these storm—and cut off from relief efforts. In the Philippines, there are eight Tagbanwa settlements that have yet to be reached due to lack of communications and transportation.

IP Statement at COP19 Opening PDF Print
Monday, 11 November 2013 23:13


Thank you Chair and Distinguished Delegates, for this opportunity to speak and present our issues and concerns at this meeting on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. My name is Galina Angarova, and I am a representative of the indigenous rights and research center Tebtebba Foundation.

As Indigenous Peoples we are on the forefront of the climate change crisis and immediate action is needed to address our concerns and issues especially in light of unprecedented melting of sea ice, rise of the sea levels, changing weather patterns, degradation of biodiversity and subsistence resources which are the core to survival of indigenous peoples.

We state the following:

IP Proposals for REDD+ Partnership PDF Print


Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples.

We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo the self-selection process and inform about their representatives to the partnership.

Indigenous Peoples must be represented in REDD+ Partnership PDF Print


10 October 2013 -- Indigenous peoples should have a permanent representative in a partnership of 75 countries that aims to decrease the global carbon footprint through reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

Asia- and Australia-based members of the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG), a North-South coalition of civil society and indigenous peoples' organizations, today issued the call for indigenous peoples (IP) to be granted full partner status in the REDD+ Partnership, a global platform for countries to scale up actions and finance for REDD+ initiatives, during its first-ever meeting in Indonesia, in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, 8-11 October.

“The REDD+ Partnership – and the international community -- are missing an opportunity to learn lessons from the ground on the participation of and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples,” said Stephen Leonard, president of the Climate Justice Programme. “A decision to financially support this participation would be particularly meaningful at this meeting in Central Kalimantan following the recent Constitutional Court decision guaranteeing customary rights to extensive forests across the archipelago."

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