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An Indigenous Peoples Policy for the GCF PDF Print
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:08



The Fund’s Governing Instrument[1] - as well as other policies such as the Interim Environment and Social Standard (ESS)[2] and the draft Environment and Social Management Standard (ESMS)[3] - refer to the GCF’s obligation to fully and effectively engage with indigenous peoples in the design, development and implementation of the strategies and activities to be financed by the Fund, while respecting their rights. More recently, in its 15th meeting, the Board has given a mandate to the Secretariat to develop a Fund-wide Indigenous Peoples policy for the Green Climate Fund for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Board. [4]

The obligation to respect human rights and to engage indigenous peoples in climate change policies and actions has been explicitly recognized in the Cancun Agreement.[5] The need to respect the rights of indigenous peoples has been further reiterated in the preamble of the Paris Agreement.[6] The Paris Agreement goes on to acknowledge the positive contribution of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge systems in achieving its goals [7] and to recognize the need to strengthen practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change. [8]

In this submission we present the recommendations of indigenous peoples organisations and support groups regarding the content, framework and purpose of an Indigenous Peoples’ Policy for the Green Climate Fund that can ensure that the objectives of these agreements are realized in practice while respecting the rights and interests of indigenous peoples.


Indigenous peoples (men and women) play key roles in, and offer invaluable contributions to, climate change adaptation and mitigation through their traditional knowledge and sustainable resource management systems and practices, which are critical in achieving the goals of the Green Climate Fund. Despite their small carbon footprint, indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable to climate change and to the consequences of ill-conceived solutions to climate change, including specific adverse impacts on indigenous women.

An Indigenous Peoples Policy is required to provide guidance, due diligence rules and operational standards for the Fund, Accredited Entities and stakeholders in order to support countries in the implementation of their climate change programmes. The Policy could also, if well-designed, enhance the contributions of indigenous peoples to climate change solutions in line with the goals of this Fund, on a foundation of respect for their rights and wellbeing, and in a manner that can avoid future grievances. The policy will also allow for a comprehensive and holistic approach to indigenous peoples-related matters that pertain to the Fund’s activities and goals.

Call for Sub-Grant Proposals extended PDF Print
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:49

Attached please find an invitation letter and an application form for the project “Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Capacity Building on REDD+ for Forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples in East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia Regions.”


Before completing the application form, we strongly recommend that you go through your country’s REDD+ related materials and meet with the REDD+ National Focal Point to understand what they have done, presently doing and future plans.  This will avoid duplication and/or overlap of activities.  Proposed projects should be aligned with the country’s REDD+ project and implemented in the same pilot area/s.

Should you have questions, kindly send an email to Ms. Helen Valdez at h.valdez[AHT]

Information on the project can be found here.

Indigenous peoples need to engage the Green Climate Fund PDF Print
Monday, 06 February 2017 16:08

5 February (Bangkok) - Indigenous peoples have to be engaged in the Green Climate Fund.

So says Kimaren Ole Riamit, an indigenous Maasai from Kenya during a workshop on a proposed indigenous peoples' policy (IP policy), safeguards, and redress mechanism for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) currently being held in Bangkok, Thailand.

This is because projects being funded by the GCF (or in the pipeline) have the potential to impact indigenous peoples, according to Ole Riamit. Thus, indigenous peoples' voices must be heard in decisions that may affect them.

According to Grace Balawag of Tebtebba, indigenous peoples have had a long experience with projects that have come into their communities without their approval and engagement. This has resulted to their displacement, violation of their rights and destruction of their livelihoods.

Indigenous Peoples and the GCF Side Event PDF Print
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:08
Mr. Kimaren Ole Riamit
Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Kenya

Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea
Centro de Culturas Indígenas el Perú (CHIRAPAQ), Peru
Ms. Grace Balawag

Ms. Joan Carling
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
Indigenous peoples call for recognition of rights at the Green Climate Fund PDF Print


6 September 2016 - As the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is being pressured to approve more projects and targets disbursing US$2.6 billion by end of 2016, indigenous peoples’ issues are being left out.

In its 13th meeting of the GCF Board in Songdo, South Korea on June 28-30, 2016, indigenous peoples expressed their concern that the GCF is out of sync with the emerging international good practice and transformational approaches.

This is with respect to recognition, promotion and fulfillment of indigenous peoples’ rights within the context of climate change interventions.

“We want to express that we are concerned about how the Fund is seemingly intentional in its silence about indigenous peoples’ issues,” Kimaren Ole Riamit, a Maasai and head of ILEPA (Indigenous Livelihood Enhancement Partners) from Kenya said during the civil society preparatory meeting.

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