The CCMIN was established by Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact together with its partner organisations as a channel for information dissemination and exchange at the local, national and regional levels on climate change issues relating to indigenous peoples. Through this monitoring and information network, AIPP hopes to facilitate greater sharing and access to information, and to contribute to awareness-raising and drawing of attention to the particular issues of indigenous peoples and climate change. This partnership endeavor pays special attention to Reducing Emission from De-forestation and Degradation (REDD) and Climate Change Adaptatioin.
Nov 10 2013
Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples.
We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo the self-selection process and inform about their representatives to the partnership.
Invitation to the COP 19 Side Event of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on “Experiences on REDD+ and Its Implications for Indigenous Peoples in Asia”
Asia is home to two thirds of the world’s estimated 350-400 million indigenous peoples. More than 150 million indigenous peoples are found in 12 REDD+ countries in Asia; namely; Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Bangladesh. The full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, including their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) during the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all the projects, programs and activities of REDD+ is key for the success of REDD+.
Brief Description of the Animation Video:
We live in a time when public opinion is demanding a fairer and more equitable planet. There is no more important element to address this than the equality of men and women. This 4-minute animation video outlines the recommendations from CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) and UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) particularly on indigenous women that guide and help us to move in this direction.
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Oslo REDD Exchange Underscores Need to Embed REDD+ into Broader Climate Architecture and Development Initiatives
Oslo, Norway – 30 October 2013 - As hundreds of REDD+ experts head home this evening after two days of meetings for the Oslo REDD Exchange hosted by Norad, the reverberating message about the future of REDD+ is clear – REDD+ programmes need to be part of broader environmental and social improvement initiatives to ensure success. As Heru Prasetyo, Deputy I of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight in Indonesia, said during the opening plenary, "development and REDD+ are two side of one coin”.
The Oslo REDD Exchange was a crucial opportunity for more than 450 international participants from civil society, government, the private business sector and academia to come together and share experiences and to consider how these experiences can shape the way forward for REDD+. It was also an opportunity for participants to explore how the international community can collaborate on REDD+ in the run up to a 2015 climate agreement and UNFCCC-COP19 in Warsaw next month.
JOHANNESBURG, 29 October 2013 (IRIN) - A UN mechanism that purports to involve forest-dependent communities in preventing forest loss to curtail greenhouse gas emissions is failing to do so, finds a new study.
The study, released days ahead of UN climate change talks in Warsaw, has prompted the authors and environmental activists to call for the international community to define and develop the role of these communities at the talks.
The mechanism, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and its successor, REDD+ (which additionally aims to reverse forest loss), emerged through years of climate change negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The success of REDD+ projects is determined by the amount of carbon the forests save.
Oct. 28 2013
“Taking care of the earth is our collective responsibility.” – Om Eliza Kissya, indigenous leader of Haruku
Forty participants from environmental organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and indigenous peoples organizations from Asia gathered in Haruku, Maluku, Indonesia in October 2-5, 2013 for a meeting on REDD+ and Blue Carbon and its environmental, social and political implications, including on indigenous peoples’ rights, rights of local communities and gender. This meeting was hosted by the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago - Indonesia) and co-organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC).
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Om Eliza Kissya, a village elder in Haruku, stated that people have to be proactive in protecting the environment and the approach should be holistic as impacts of environmental destruction could spill over in other areas. He further added that this meeting is a very positive step undertaken by civil society organizations.
Developing and Implementing Community-Based Monitoring and Information Systems: The Global Workshop and the Philippine Workshop Reports
In different global regions, indigenous peoples have developed their own ways of monitoring ecosystems and community health. These are based on traditional knowledge and a holistic view of people and their environment, but they also use and adapt new technologies. Today, communities use the knowledge gener- ated by their monitoring to document external threats, to assert claims to territory, and to plan for the future.
Meanwhile, governments and international bodies have begun to recognize the impor- tance both of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and of the information generated through community-based monitoring. Inter- national agreements whose implementation could benefit from community monitoring include the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Climate change is a reality. There is no doubt that we need to conserve our forests to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Meet the women and men of the Kouy Indigenous peoples of Cambodia in this video to discover more about what the forest means to them and how indigenous women have taken the lead to protect the forest.
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It took over twenty years of hard work by Indigenous Peoples representatives to have a declaration affirming the collective rights of Indigenous peoples to be adopted by the United Nations. Most of the countries in Asia have adopted this United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Here is a story of Karen Indigenous Peoples in Thailand illustrating why we need this declaration and what can happen when the basic human rights of indigenous peoples are ignored. Click hereto watch the video
(NEW MANUAL) A Training Manual on "Advocacy, Lobbying and Negotiation Skills for Indigenous Peoples in Climate Change and REDD+"
While indigenous peoples’ low carbon lifestyles contribute little to climate change, it is on our ancestral lands that impacts of global climate change are first felt. The ways that indigenous peoples have sustainably managed natural resources for hundreds of years can help mitigate climate change impacts. Given this wisdom, indigenous peoples should play central roles in international climate change negotiations. Strong and concerted advocacy and lobbying by indigenous peoples of the world is necessary to achieve this.
Indigenous peoples have proactively engaged in international negotiations for their full and effective participation in decision making and collective rights to lands, territories and resources including free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) as stipulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Some of the demands of indigenous peoples are reflected in the REDD+ Cancun Agreement, which states that rights and traditional knowledge must be respected and full and effective participation of indigenous peoples must be ensured. Similarly, the Cancun Adaptation Framework adopted by Parties in 2010 affirms that enhanced action on adaptation should be based on and guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional and indigenous knowledge.