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Non-Carbon Benefits in REDD+: Indigenous Peoples Perspectives and Recommendations

The Nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognized the importance of incentivizing Non-Carbon Benefits (NCB) for the long-term sustainability of the implementation of REDD+ activities1. This decision has long-term implications for indigenous peoples in Asia especially in relation to the recognition and exercise of their collective rights over their forests.

Asia is home to two-thirds of the world’s estimated 350-400 million indigenous peoples. More than 150 million of them are found in the 12 REDD+ countries in Asia namely Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Bangladesh. These countries are implementing REDD+ in partnership with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Programme of the World Bank and the UN-REDD Programme through support for their national REDD+ Programmes. All these REDD+ countries, except for Bhutan and Bangladesh, have adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Despite this, most states in Asia do not recognize indigenous peoples and their collective rights, especially to their land, territories and resources.

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