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Global Seminar-Workshop on Indigenous Women, Climate Change and REDD+ Print


18 – 19 November 2010
The Legend Villas, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

“We are deeply alarmed by the accelerating climate devastation brought about by unsustainable development. We are experiencing profound and disproportionate adverse impacts on our cultures, human and environmental health, human rights, well-being, traditional livelihoods, food systems and food sovereignty, local infrastructure, economic viability, and our very survival as Indigenous Peoples.

Mother Earth is no longer in a period of climate change, but in climate crisis. We therefore insist on an immediate end to the destruction and desecration of the elements of life.”

This is the alarm raised concerning climate change and its interrelated impacts on the totality of life and well-being of indigenous peoples worldwide as expressed in the Anchorage Declaration during the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change in 2009. Aside from the call for global emissions reductions, indigenous peoples call for greater roles and participation in the climate debate and the recognition of their rights and roles as stewards of land and nature including addressing climate justice through the return and restoration of their lands and territories.

The overarching threat of climate change, however, present a serious scenario that may negate indigenous women's gains from their initiatives and potentials in securing their rights and welfare, including that of their communities. Indigenous women possess skills and knowledge to mitigate and adapt to climate change, but they remain vulnerable to its impact given the discrimination they face as women and as indigenous peoples. Moreover, indigenous women have been relatively left behind in the discussions and processes relevant to this despite their day to day experiences of the on the ground realities of climate change. The full and effective implementation of the UNDRIP and indigenous women's increased capacities to use such instrument in national and local levels is one major guarantee that indigenous women are not overrepresented in the vulnerability scale.

There is therefore a need to provide a space for indigenous women to come together, discuss and sharpen their capacities to engage in the different processes and levels of discussions on climate change and its intersectionality to biodiversity , human security and gender violence.

In the light of promoting and ensuring the effective implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Tebtebba, under its ‘Ensuring Rights Protection, Enhancing Effective Participation of and Securing Fair Benefits for Indigenous Peoples in REDD Plus Policies and Programmes” project, is organizing the Global Seminar-Workshop on Indigenous Women, Climate Change and REDD Plus on November 18-19 , 2010 in the Philippines.

Objectives of the Activity :

With the general end in view of enhancing the awareness, skills, knowledge and effective participation of indigenous women on REDD Plus and to further increase their capacities to design, implement, monitor and evaluate REDD Plus at the local, national and global levels, the global seminar-workshop specifically aims to:

1). Enhance understanding of the climate change phenomenon, REDD Plus and their impacts on indigenous peoples, particularly, women;

2. Highlight indigenous women’s traditional knowledge and roles in adapting to and mitigating climate change;

3. Provide updates on the ongoing processes at the international level;

4. Identify and unite on strategies to ensure effective participation of indigenous women in the upcoming UNFCCC/REDD negotiations and other processes especially at the local and national levels;

Methodology and Activities

Lecture and Interactive Discussions – on climate change, REDD and update on the UNFCCC Processes

Panel Presentation – on the significant roles and traditional knowledge of indigenous women in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Please see accompanying guidelines in the Call for Presentations being sent herewith.

Group Discussions- a few group discussions will be undertaken as a venue for deeper discussions and sharing of experiences among participants. This will include regional strategy sessions.


Participants to the seminar-workshop will be representatives of indigenous women’s organizations worldwide including representatives of Tebtebba’s partner organizations under the NORAD project including those under the International Indigenous Women’s Forum. Participants have to be endorsed by their organizations.

Resources have been raised to support participants from the less developed and developing countries in Asia, Africa, Pacific and Latin American Regions. Interested parties from developed countries ( North American and Arctic regions including Canada and Russia) are encouraged to generate their own funds in support of their participation.