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Tebtebba/FPP Side Event at SB42, 8 June 2015
Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; 1:15pm at Bonn2, World Conference Center

Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 15 Nov. 2013
TYPHOON HAIYAN AND EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS: How Indigenous Peoples are Coping with Disasters

Tebtebba/Partnership Side Event
Side event of Tebtebba and Indigenous Peoples' Partnership on Climate Change & Forests at COP 19, 13 Nov 2013 at Warsaw, Poland.

Video: Tebtebba Press Conference, 4 Dec. 2012
Analysis of the Current State of COP18 Negotiations and Indigenous Peoples' Demands on the Green Climate Fund

Interview! Climate Change Studio
Recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

IIPFCC Policy Paper
International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Policy Paper on Climate Change
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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

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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.

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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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Philippines’ Isolated Indigenous Peoples Shut Off From Haiyan Relief PDF Print

 

Far from cities and supplies, remote communities struggle to survive after losing lives, homes and boats to typhoon

 

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines/WARSAW, Poland, 15 November 2013—In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed an untold number of people, displaced 630,000 and devastated central Philippines, the country’s indigenous peoples—most of whom are located in isolated, forested communities, far away from cities and supplies—are emerging as among the worst hit.

As they struggle to survive and assess damage to the natural resources they preserve and maintain for their incomes and food, an estimated 1,600 indigenous families are struggling to secure basic supplies that could help them to survive--and rebuild their lives.

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New Book released! PDF Print

 

Indigenous groups in Latin America, Africa and Asia offer model for saving world’s forests, bulwarks against climate change

New book reveals that their ability to preserve forests is under threat from land grabs by governments and developers

 

Editor’s Note: The book’s authors are currently in Warsaw and available for interviews.

WARSAW, Poland, 13 November 2013—Through the conservation and protection of forests by traditional forest management approaches, indigenous peoples of Latin America, Africa and Asia demonstrate best practices for staving off the threatening impacts of changing climate patterns, such as the typhoon that recently ripped through the Philippines, say indigenous scholars in a new book.

Yet despite the crucial role that these forest-dwelling people play in saving the world’s remote forests, the book cautions that many indigenous groups risk losing control over these resources in the face of weak land rights and the grabbing of their lands by governments and developers for the purpose of mining, logging and other natural resource extraction. A recent report by the Rights and Resources Initiative revealed that, worldwide, some 30 percent of land handed over to companies for commercial development overlapped with indigenous and community forests.

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