Indigenous panelists share their analysis on the current state of the climate change negotiations currently underway in Doha, Qatar (UNFCCC COP18). They analyze the current texts of the SBI (Subsidiary Body on Implementation) and SBSTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice) and expressed dismay over the slow-paced negotiations in the Long Term Cooperative Action and Kyoto Protocol working groups. They also shared the need to ensure that the gains that indigenous peoples have achieved so far are carried over to the next climate agreement currently being negotiated under the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP).
The panel speakers included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz of Tebtebba, Dennis Mairena of the Centro para la Autonomia y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indigenas (CADPI) of Nicaragua, and Stanley Kimaren of the Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA) of Kenya.
The press conference, held 4 December 2012 at Qatar National Convention Center, was organized by Tebtebba and the Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership on Climate Change and Forests.
Climate Change Studio interviews Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba. In the interview, she gives an update on the REDD Plus negotiations, as co-Chair of the Contact Group on REDD of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).
She then discusses the importance of recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations -- as one of the most vulnerable to climate change and as providers of solutions to climate change. She reiterates the important role of indigenous peoples in managing and conserving forests and the need to look at forests, not as carbon, but as vital to humanity and indigenous peoples' survival -- providing vital ecosystem services, traditional livelihoods, cultural identity. She further explains the gains indigenous peoples has achieved so far in the climate change agreements from Copenhagen to Durban.