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Participants will share testimonies on the impact of drivers of deforestation on indigenous communities’ rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and participate in a discussion on how indigenous peoples can effectively participate in and directly access the Green Climate Fund and Climate Finance for their adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

The side event on Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be held on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 1:15 pm at Bonn2 of the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. This is an official side event of the Bonn Climate Conference being held from 1-11 June 2015.

This event occurs while Parties are negotiating the draft text for the Paris Climate Agreement. In this context participants will reiterate the call for urgent and effective commitments by Parties to ensure a rights-based approach to climate actions that will be undertaken before 2020 and under the Paris agreement to be adopted at the upcoming COP21. Likewise the international community will have to effectively target drivers of deforestation (such as expansion of mining, infrastructure, logging, plantations) by ensuring indigenous peoples’ rights to land, territories and resources and to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as well as providing indigenous peoples direct access to finance to support community based adaptation and mitigation actions. The Green Climate Fund will have to ensure that Indigenous peoples are fully and effectively.