To enable indigenous peoples to effectively influence the climate change negotiations to include REDD in the post-2012 global climate regime, the project will undertake the following activities:
1. Support indigenous peoples effective participation in key processes related to REDD and climate change:
- Support the participation of indigenous peoples representatives from the countries/communities undertaking REDD/climate change education and advocacy activities to the key global meetings. Travel grants will be provided to indigenous leaders/activists;
- Training and orientation activities of indigenous peoples in key climate change processes, including REDD processes to orient and familiarize them with the processes, and equip them with the necessary skills to effectively articulate their views and engage in lobby work to be mainly facilitated by Tebtebba but will invite resource persons and trainors from NGOs, Parties, UNU, UNFCCC Secretariat.
- Organize side events; and participate in other side events organized by other NGOs, Parties and UN bodies during these processes where the indigenous representatives can speak and hold dialogues with Parties and other stakeholders (as venues for dissemination of indigenous perspectives, views and activities);
- Help the indigenous peoples develop their own submissions, policy papers and briefing papers during the key global negotiations/meetings (the submissions will become official papers in these meetings and will help mainstream indigenous views and proposala in these processes)
2. Information sharing activities such as Roundtable and Policy Dialogues and networking with UN agencies and bodies, multilateral and bilateral institutions, multilateral financial institutions and governments
- Roundtable meetings and policy dialogues between indigenous peoples and national government agencies and bodies dealing with REDD, climate change, forests and environment on their plans and strategies on REDD. Global-level dialogues with representatives of Parties, NGOs, multilateral programmes and bodies and intergovernmental bodies and regional blocs like the European Union, the Group of 77, Annex 1 countries, the UN-REDD programme, the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative, the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, among others;
- These national and global dialogues will aim to help shape national REDD policies, programs and strategies which will be respectful of indigenous peoples’ rights and practices on forest management.
- In the immediate, these activities will be geared towards influencing the Copenhagen agreement and the post-2012 global climate regime.
- With these lobbying and advocacy work by indigenous peoples, it is hoped that rights of indigenous peoples are included and recognized as minimum standards in REDD programmes and policies and that their historical and continuing roles in conserving forests and their sustainable forest management practices are recognized and supported as vital contributions in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.>
3. Strategy and technical workshops on REDD, indigenous peoples and climate change, with briefing papers
- These strategy workshops will be venues to discuss REDD, formulate strategies of indigenous peoples in influencing national REDD programmes. and for networking with NGOs and advocates working on climate change and REDD issues, and government agencies dealing with REDD and forest issues in general.
- Technical workshops to be held in each country will help indigenous peoples influence the national REDD designs and strategies to be sensitive to indigenous peoples rights and development.
- Briefing papers shall be prepared for each strategy workshop with the partner IPOs, NGOs working in the identified REDD countries
4. Learning exchange visits of indigenous peoples to share good practices on REDD, sustainable forest management and the promotion of traditional knowledge on biodiversity.
- The learning exchange visits between indigenous peoples from the different communities will serve as an effective tool towards further support for indigenous peoples' sustainable forest and resource management.
- If there are communities who are already implementing demonstration projects on REDD these can also be visited so that concrete REDD experiences can be seen.