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Indigenous women address critical role in combatting climate change PDF Print

 

As New Law Gutting the Land Rights of Peru’s Indigenous Peoples Passes, International Forum of Indigenous Women Presents Way Forward for Progress

More than 60 Indigenous Women from Across the World Come Together to Address their Critical Role in Combating Climate Change

Lima, Peru (16 July 2014)—At an international forum on community land and resource rights in Lima today, women from across the world called for inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives and participation in the dialogue around national and international climate change adaption and mitigation policies.

These recommendations to ensure women’s rights and contributions are recognized were made by more than 60 indigenous women from 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America and center on three issues: a) the effective participation of indigenous women communities in decision-making on climate change policy at the national and international level; b)the collective rights of women to land and forests; and c) the integration of indigenous women’s vision and management of natural resources in public policy.

“For too long, women in Peru and around the world have been excluded from decisions that affect their lives and livelihoods. Historically, governance of land and resources is one of these decisions, with perhaps the most far-reaching and devastating impact,” said Omaira Bolaños, Latin America Regional Program Director of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). “Respecting and incorporating the collective land and resource rights of women is critical to the success of national climate change adaptation strategies, as well as international economic development initiatives. These recommendations provide a way forward for discussions at all levels: within communities, in national legal frameworks, and global dialogues on climate strategies.”

Government officials from the Peruvian Ministries of Women, Environment and Foreign Affairs attended the public portion of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum on July 16, 2014 and each committed to work closely with civil society and indigenous organizations in the lead up to the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima in December to ensure that the recommendations made by participants are considered.

“There should be no difference between the access of men and women to their natural resources, and this is particularly important when it comes to land and entitlement,” said Ernesto Reaz, advisor to Manuel Pulgar Vidal, the Peruvian Minister of the Environment and coordinator of civil society engagement at the COP. “We need to ensure our proposals to the COP are grounded in the reality of men and women in the communities.”

Despite the tremendous role women play in the management of its resources and the knowledge they hold to protect and nurture the environment, women often remain the most marginalized and vulnerable group within indigenous communities. For example, forum participants pointed to the risks—like the inability to feed their families or loss of livelihoods—that arise when women’s perspectives and knowledge of the lands and forests are not incorporated in the discussions around their uses and management.

 

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UNFCCC REDD+ Negotiations: NCBs still on the table PDF Print

BY ALLISON SILVERMAN AND NIRANJALI AMERASINGHE

At a glance :

  • Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs) occupied a good portion of the SBSTA discussions on REDD+.
  • Parties believe that NCBs are important to the long-term sustainability of REDD+ but strongly disagree about the need for any specific guidance for incentivizing such benefits.
  • Parties ultimately agreed to continue considering methodological issues next year at SBSTA’s 42nd session, providing the necessary space to discuss issues related to safeguard information systems at SBSTA’s next session in Peru.

 

WASHINGTON DC, United States (11 July, 2014) - In June 2014, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met for its 40th session to discuss a range of issues, including outstanding items related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Although UNFCCC Parties adopted the Warsaw REDD+ Framework last year, which is intended to capture all REDD+ decisions taken by the UNFCCC, a number of important issues remained open for further discussion. These included non-market-based approaches, non-carbon benefits (NCBs), and further guidance on safeguards information systems.

 

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Statement on the FIP Dedicated Grant Mechanism for IPs PDF Print

 

Statement of the Co-Chairs of the Global Transitional Committee of the FIP Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM)

FIP Subcommittee Meeting, Montego Bay Convention Center, Jamaica 28 June 2014

 

On behalf of the Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPS/LCS), and as co-chair of the Global Transitional Committee of the DGM for IPs and LCs, I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to be here at this FIP Subcommittee meeting.

We had pro-actively engaged with the World Bank over the years wherein we sincerely requested and worked together on this DGM as part of the FIP design. We recognize this as a great and important milestone and innovation within the overall CIF partnership with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. The CIF thru the FIP, has blazed the trail for accepting our direct engagement and providing this opportunity to follow through on the approval of this DGM. This had become one of the best practices between IPs/LCs and climate finance mechanisms.

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Tebtebba side event, Bonn Climate Conference PDF Print

Inviting you to the side event of Tebtebba and the Indigenous Peoples' Global Partnership on Climate Change and Forests:

CBMIS side event flyer

 

Speakers:

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Grace Balawag
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program, Tebtebba

Dennis Mairena
Executive Director
Centro para la Autonomía y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indígenas, Nicaragua

Vu Thi Hien
Executive Director
Centre of Research and Development in Upland Areas, Vietnam

Sinafasi Makelo
Coordinator
Dignité Pygmée, DRC

 
Briefing Paper Released! PDF Print

 

The Road to Lima: REDD+ Safeguards Implementation and Information Systems

 

The 2013 Warsaw Framework for REDD+ agreed upon at the last climate conference (COP191 ) was a positive step forward. Several contentious issues, for example in relation to measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) and results-based finance, were decided, providing a positive signal to countries on proceeding with their REDD+ activities. However, there is unfinished >business on REDD+ safeguards. Additional guidance is needed including an agreement on the types of information to be provided through safeguards information systems (SIS). This important component of the REDD+ framework must be addressed this year in order to assist developing country Parties in implementing safeguards equitably and effectively, and in establishing their SIS.

Although Parties agreed to some initial guidance on SIS at COP17 in Durban (2011), they recognized that more would be needed to successfully operationalize REDD+. They requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) to consider the need for further guidance to “ensure transparency, consistency, comprehensiveness and effectiveness when informing on how all safeguards are addressed and respected and, if appropriate, to consider additional guidance".2 This issue remains on the agenda up to the present.

In June 2013, SBSTA called for submissions on the SIS to be considered in December 2014 at COP20 in Lima. Due in September 2014, these submissions are expected to capture lessons learned to date and set the scene for agreeing to much needed additional guidance at COP20. The REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG) presents this briefing paper in preparation for the important discussion of why additional guidance is needed, and offers initial views on what it should address based on experiences gathered on-the-ground in developing countries.

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