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Global indigenous partnership enriches technical know-how, on-the-ground experiences PDF Print


A global partnership of indigenous peoples aims to enrich its understanding on technical issues related to forests, while learning from practical experiences in forest management and REDD Plus implementation in Thai Nguyen Province in northern Vietnam.

The Indigenous Peoples' Global Partnership on Climate Change and Forests is holding two activities in Hanoi, Vietnam. The first activity is a Global Dialogue Between Indigenous Peoples and Forest Scientist (22-23 April 2014) and an Exchange Visit to a REDD Plus Pilot Model at grassroots level in Thai Nguyen Province (25-27 April).

On the first day, 21 April, the Centre of Research and Development or CERDA, headed by Ms. Vu Thi Hien, and Vicky Tauli-Corpuz of Tebtebba welcomed the partners. CERDA shared the work that they are doing in building capacities of indigenous communities, including indigenous women; reviving forests and traditional knowledge; and strengthening sustainable livelihoods of ethnic minorities in Thai Nguyen Province in northern Vietnam.

The dialogue with forest scientists is aimed at bringing together indigenous partners and forest scientists to discuss the implications of the Warsaw REDD Plus Package, specially in terms of carrying out technical work in developing National Forest Monitoring Systems, Forest Reference Levels/Forest Reference Emissions Levels, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification, Non-carbon Benefits, and forest enterprises and livelihood developments.

The 3-day learning exchange visit, on the other hand, is an opportunity to share the initial results, lessons learned and methods in implementing REDD Plus in Thai Nguyen Province as initiated by CERDA with its partner communities.

The week-long activities are organized by CERDA and are supported by Tebtebba and Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) through the project. ”Strengthening the Agency of Indigenous Peoples as Vital Actors and Decision-Makers in Proper Implementation of REDD Plus." The global partnership, spearheaded by Tebtebba, is composed of 14 indigenous organizations and networks and NGOs in 11 countries from Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Submission on Non-Carbon Benefits PDF Print


Submission on Providing Incentives and Addressing Methodological Issues Related to Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs) Resulting from the Implementation of REDD-Plus Activities

by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) and the Global Indigenous Peoples Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development, 26 March 2014


The Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Methodological Advise (SBSTA), in its thirty-eight session, invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the Secretariat, by 26 March 2014, their views on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits resulting from the implementation of REDD-Plus activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/3, paragraph 40). Further consideration of methodological issues related to NCBs will resume in SBSTA 40th session in June of 2014. Additionally, it was decided that  part of the preparations for SBSTA 40, Parties should begin identifying and prioritizing NCBs at the national level.

This submission considers the internationally recognized role of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent local communities, as we are offering our integrated holistic views and perspectives on forests and diverse ecosystems, our traditional knowledge and customary governance systems on forest ecosystems which has sustained and continues to sustain many of the world’s remaining forest ecosystems found within our traditional territories. This is the framework and starting point of this specific submission on non-carbon benefits and how this can be incentivized and what elements and processes should be considered in addressing methodological issues related to NCBs.

As we, in the Global Partnership, and the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC)[1] have consistently argued and asserted, NCBs should be closely considered in relation to how the Cancun safeguards on REDD+  are being addressed and reported. We also reiterated that REDD+ implementation should not only focus on reducing emissions from forest degradation and deforestation but the implementation of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. We also have reiterated that forests cannot be valued only in relation to the carbon benefits that these provide. The way forests have been commodified and reduced to single values, e.g. timber, carbon, among others, is one of the root causes of the gross mismanagement and destruction of forests and violations of indigenous peoples rights to their forest ecosystems and biodiversity.

NCBs should further enhance and support social, economic, cultural, spiritual, environmental and governance benefits including respect, protection and fulfillment of indigenous peoples rights, embedded in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The inclusion of NCBs will also enrich the methodological issues relevant to REDD-Plus. Beyond carbon, the NCBs, (which are also referred as the multiple benefits or co-benefits) and the implementation of the REDD+ safeguards are the very reason why Indigenous peoples and forest-dependent local communities are actively participating in the REDD+ processes; hence, this submission.

Coping with Climate Change and Defining Own Development PDF Print


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The cool mountain climate of a large part of the Mexican southern state of Oaxaca, home to about a million indigenous Mixe people, is now getting warmer—a situation that has proved to be both a boon and a bane for the upland farming folk.

With the warmer weather, villagers can now grow fruit-bearing trees, which used to grow well in low-lying areas. But the warmer weather proved to be disastrous in other respects, we found out during a field visit to the two municipios (towns) of Santo Cristobal Chichicaxtepec and Santa Cruz Condoy on October 9-14, 2013.1

In the community of Santo Cristobal, for example, the warmer climate enabled local farmers to diversify their crops and livestock. Aside from planting fruits, local farmers can now breed horses.

As the local climate changes, the Mixe people have experienced either too much rain or the lack of it in some areas. When it rains in the community of Santa Cruz Condoy, for instance, it pours so hard that soil erosion has become frequent and widespread.

And as more soils erode down into the rivers, the water in rivers has become acidic. The acidic rainwater has proved disastrous to local crops such as coffee, beans and chili, the production of which, farmers reported, declined in recent years.

But unlike before, rain is now becoming rare in Santo Cristobal and the weather continues to get warmer with dire consequences. Water wells are drying up and vital plants are becoming extinct. Chichicaxtle, an herbal plant that is used to ease muscle pain, and amapola, a wild plant used as herbal medicine to calm people, are among some species vanishing.

Poisonous snakes and harmful pests and insects have also appeared. But some edible mushroom varieties, which go well with various bean recipes, are also hard to find now.


Side Event: Climate Change, Disasters and Indigenous Peoples: Adaptation and Coping Mechanisms PDF Print


When considering climate change, indigenous peoples and marginalized populations warrant particular attention. Impacts on their territories and communities are anticipated to be both early and severe due to their location in vulnerable environments, including small islands, high altitude zones, desert margins and the circumpolar Arctic.

Heightened exposure to negative impacts, however, is not the only reason for specific attention and concern. As many indigenous societies are socially and culturally distinct from mainstream society, decisions, policies and actions undertaken, even if well-intended, may prove inadequate, ill-adapted and inappropriate. There is therefore a need to understand the specific vulnerabilities, concerns, adaptation capacities and longer-term aspirations of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities the world over.

Indigenous leaders count gains from UN climate change meet PDF Print


Loss and damage mechanism and REDD Plus package cited


BAGUIO CITY, Philippines--December 6, 2013 (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) -- Returning delegates of the recent UN climate change talks brought home not news of gloom and doom but something positive, which may yet help bring justice to island countries such as the Philippines that often get battered by extreme climate patterns attributed to greenhouse gas emission-related global warming.

“Some quarters make doom and gloom predictions every time a COP (Conference of Parties) of the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) takes place. But this time, there were a few good developments,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, executive director of Tebtebba, a global indigenous peoples’ centre based in the Philippines, pushing for indigenous peoples’ rights and climate justice and equity.

She cited the “Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.”

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