Titling of indigenous territories, best strategy to tackle climate change

Titling of indigenous territories, best strategy to tackle climate change

Indigenous leaders participate in a international conference, where they will defend their right to have its own instances for climate funding and the importance of titling indigenous territories as cost – effective strategy to address climate change.

Indigenous leaders participate in a international conference organized by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), where they will defend their right to have its own instances for climate funding. At the same time they will defend the importance of titling indigenous territories as cost – effective strategy to address climate change.

September 29th, 2015.
Bern, Switzerland.

Indigenous leaders from Mesoamerica, Indonesia, the Amazon Region and Africa will present their proposals to strengthen policy and programs to address climate change, including the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21), to be held in Paris in next December.

Representatives of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), the Coordinator of Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) from Indonesia, and the Coordinating Committee of Indigenous Peoples of Africa (IPACC), will participate in the international panel “From rhetoric to action, Scaling up Community and Indigenous Peoples Land and Resource Rights”, to be held in Bern, Switzerland, next October 1st, and organized by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

In this scenario it is of particularly importance the position regarding Regional Climate Funding, where COICA and AMPB hold a common position: indigenous peoples have the right to have their own instances for climate funding and not through third bodies. In this regard the Amazon organizations have a concrete proposal, the Amazon Indigenous Fund, which seeks to channel funds directly to the base organizations, through a IP organization in collaboration with NGO partners.

Another proposal related to this issue is the titling of indigenous territories as best cost – effective strategy to tackle climate change. In that sense COICA has claimed titling for 100 million hectares in favor of Amazonian indigenous peoples, while AMPB is seeking to consolidate the rights of access, sanitation and land use over 6 million hectares.

Scientific evidence shows that the protection of the carbon in indigenous lands and protected areas is crucial to the stability of the global climate, the cultural identity of the people and the health of their ecosystems. However the report “Forest Carbon in Amazonia: The Unrecognized Contribution of Indigenous Territories and Protected Natural Areas” also indicates that 55% of the carbon of the Amazon is content in indigenous territories and protected areas that are at risk as a result of illegal logging, mining, dams and agricultural projects, among other projects.

During the last year, indigenous organizations from the global south have articulated their efforts in various international stages, around four main themes:

• Land Rights Recognition and land titling for IP’s.
• Respect to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
• Regional Climate Funding for IP’s.
• No more persecution of indigenous leaders who defend the rights of their peoples.

The Indigenous leaders participating in the conference are Candido Mezua, Representative of AMPB from Mesoamerica, Edwin Vásquez, General Coordinator of COICA from the Amazon Region, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Representative of IPACC, from Africa and Rukka Sombolinggi, General-Secretary of AMAN, from Idonesia . Penny Davies, Program Officer from Ford Foundation, will moderate this panel.

Webcast and more info http://communitylandrights.org/conferences/2015-bern-conference/webcast/

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