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Media Advisory: Typhoon Haiyan and IPs 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.

Drastically cutting emissions of climate change causing gases, such as carbon dioxide, and ramping up mechanisms already in place at the United Nations—such as the Green Climate Fund, which is designed to funnel $100 billion a year in funding to developing countries trying to deal with climate change by 2020—could help indigenous communities to survive and thrive despite these storms.

WHAT: Typhoon Haiyan and Extreme Weather Conditions: How Indigenous Peoples are Coping with Disasters, a climate change talks briefing

WHO: Indigenous leaders from the Philippines, Peru and Kenya will describe the impact of extreme weather events on indigenous peoples worldwide and will detail the role that developed countries can play in helping these vulnerable, developing world communities to cope.

  • Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba

An indigenous Kankana-ey, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz will reveal how Typhoon Haiyan has impacted indigenous peoples. She will also discuss what the indigenous peoples of the world hope to gain from the Warsaw climate change talks.

  • Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea, Executive Director, Chirapaq, Peru

Ms. Rivera Zea, a Quechua, will discuss the impacts of glacial melt and flooding on indigenous women in Peru and other Latin American countries such as Mexico and how they’re confronting these impacts.

  • Mr. Stanley Kimaren, Executive Director, Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners, Kenya

A Maasai from Kenya, Mr. Kimaren will discuss how droughts are severely affecting the Maasai's way of life and livelihoods and using their traditional knowledge to cope with disasters and the need for support for these efforts.

WHEN: Friday, 15 November 2013 at 14:00

WHERE:Press Conference room 2, Level -2/Zone E6 right next to Plenary 2.

DETAILS: For more information, please contact Raymond de Chavez at +48 782 469 539(Poland mobile number) or raymond[AHT]