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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.

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:

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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
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.

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).

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.

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