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IIPFCC SBSTA Opening Statement, Durban Climate Talks Print


Thank you Chair, for giving us this opportunity to read this statement of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC).

On the SBSTA REDD-Plus mandate to develop guidelines for system of information on how safeguards are addressed and respected, we urge the SBSTA to ensure that there is a monitoring and reporting at national and global levels that is not limited by claims of states for national sovereignty and national circumstances. There are international standards for human rights, environment and governance which should not be undermined and diminished.

  • The design, implementation and monitoring of REDD+, must be in compliance with standards and norms set by international human rights and environmental law and international instruments such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In particular, these must fully respect our rights as indigenous peoples, particularly, our rights to land, territory, and natural resources and to free, prior and informed consent. The information system must assess the degree to which the national laws, policies and programmes related to REDD+ are aligned with these internationally agreed standards.
  • The information system should assess the existence of just and accessible independent recourse mechanisms at the national and international levels to deal with grievances or conflict resolution. If such a mechanism does not exist the system should provide information about the steps that will be undertaken to set it up.
  • We support the proposal contained in the “Report of the Expert Meeting on guidance on systems for providing information on how safeguards for REDD-plus activities are addressed and respected” (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.17) para. 37 which called for a formulation of a matrix listing the seven safeguards contained in para, 2, Appendix 1 of the Cancun Agreements, along with separate columns which will show how each of these are addressed and at what level. Monitoring and reporting on how much REDD+ finances are available and how these are being used should be included.


SBSTA guidelines should ensure that Indigenous Peoples are fully and effectively involved in establishing, designing and implementing the REDD+ information system on safeguards. Methodologies and approaches such as community participatory monitoring, participatory mapping of forests in Indigenous Peoples’ territories, human-rights and ecosystem-based approach should be employed in implementing REDD+.


**Statement by the INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IIPFCC) during the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), 35th Session, 28 November 2011, Durban, South Africa. Statement read by Grace Balawag of Tebtebba.