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Indigenous Peoples must be represented in REDD+ Partnership PDF Print


10 October 2013 -- Indigenous peoples should have a permanent representative in a partnership of 75 countries that aims to decrease the global carbon footprint through reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

Asia- and Australia-based members of the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG), a North-South coalition of civil society and indigenous peoples' organizations, today issued the call for indigenous peoples (IP) to be granted full partner status in the REDD+ Partnership, a global platform for countries to scale up actions and finance for REDD+ initiatives, during its first-ever meeting in Indonesia, in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, 8-11 October.

“The REDD+ Partnership – and the international community -- are missing an opportunity to learn lessons from the ground on the participation of and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples,” said Stephen Leonard, president of the Climate Justice Programme. “A decision to financially support this participation would be particularly meaningful at this meeting in Central Kalimantan following the recent Constitutional Court decision guaranteeing customary rights to extensive forests across the archipelago."

Report of the IP Global Dialogue with FCPF PDF Print

The Indigenous Peoples’ Global Dialogue with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) held in Doha, Qatar, on 10-11 December 2012, was one of a series of meetings held to address indigenous peoples’ concerns with the FCPF and global initiatives for the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). It was the culmination of three regional dialogues with indigenous peoples from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific, held in Arusha, Lima and Chiang Mai respectively in 2012.

The global dialogue brought together indigenous participants from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean; FCPF and World Bank staff; representatives from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and UN-REDD; representatives of governments participating in the FCPF, whether as implementors or donors; and representatives.

Download the Report in [ENGLISH] [SPANISH] [FRENCH].

Coping with "New Normal" in Climate Change PDF Print

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines, 5 February (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – For years the indigenous Ivatan folk of Batanes islands in northern Philippines have learned to cope with strong typhoons, which have since become part of their lives every rainy season.

Long before climate change became the talk of the global village, the Ivatan, whose communities have long been regarded as the “home of typhoons,” had learned to live with and adapt to a hostile climate. They erected stone houses made of limestone, designed to keep them safe and warm amid pounding rains and howling winds.

Fortunately in recent years, Batanes has not been as battered by typhoons as badly as before. But unfortunately, the routes of typhoons lately have shifted to southern and central Philippines, a phenomenon which has caught many affected communities generally unprepared.

Typhoons Pablo (international name Bopha) and Quinta (Wukong) last December and Sendong (Washi) in December 2011 were the latest to devastate big parts of southern and central Philippines. And still reeling from the trauma of these strong typhoons, many parts of Northern Mindanao were recently flooded due to rains brought about by the tail-end of a cold front and amihan or northeast monsoon.

"Bopha" sends message to negotiators PDF Print

DOHA, Qatar, 7 December (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – An unusually devastating Philippine cyclone has sent an urgent message to those lobbying for a strong global policy to address the impacts of climate change.

“As we are speaking here, thousands of people are reeling from the strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, executive director of Tebtebba, a Philippine-based indigenous institution promoting indigenous peoples’ rights. “This current situation is obviously an impact of our changing climate, which is caused largely by green house gas emissions by the richest nations of the world.”

As co-chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) working group on REDD Plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), Tauli-Corpuz has been in this Qatari capital for the two-week UN climate change talks, which began last November 26.

She was referring to typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo), which, as of 7 December, claimed   over 400 lives, and forced thousands to flee their homes to escape from flash floods and mudslides. News reports from Manila say hundreds missing remain unaccounted after the typhoon packing maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per kilometer landed last December 3.


Make the GCF Relevant to IPs PDF Print

DOHA, Qatar, 30 November (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Even as they have to push for “full and effective participation” at the Green Climate Fund Board meetings and during climate negotiations, indigenous peoples’ representatives are optimistic that the Fund, once available, can help respond to their climate change-related needs, concerns and issues.

“If we can push for equitable access to the Green Climate Fund, we can help our communities to adapt better to the impacts of climate change,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba, a Philippine-based indigenous institution promoting “self-determined development.”

Tauli-Corpuz moderated on 28 November a side event at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings, which began last Monday at this capital city of Qatar.  The event was organized by Tebtebba and the Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership on Climate Change and Forests and supported by the Norwegian Agency for Cooperation and Development.

If guided by international standards on environmental and social safeguards, the Fund can strengthen “our gains in the last 50 years” in the areas of “rights-based and socially responsive development” for indigenous and local communities, said Tauli-Corpuz.

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