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 ICCAs and Climate Change

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The Consortium is working with the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme to understand the role ICCAs play as natural solutions for adapting to, and mitigating climate change. This is related to IUCN’s programme ‘Natural Solutions: Protected Areas helping people cope with climate change‘.

The Consortium President and several Members participated in the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 18, Doha December 2012) distributing copies of a Briefing Note: ‘ICCAs, climate change and international climate change–related policies and mechanisms. The Briefing Note focuses on opportunities, concerns, recommendations and “safeguards” for ICCAs and was produced by the Global Forest Coalition (Consortium Member). The UNFCCC Participants’ Report will be available soon.

 

For the 17th ‘Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (Durban, South Africa, 28 November -9 December 2011) the Consortium, CEESP and the Global Forest Coalition co-produced a poster describing the ICCA concept and highlighting the relationship between ICCAs, forests and solutions to climate change. The Global Forest Coalition also organised a participatory seminar on the Dos and Donts of supporting forest conservation and restoration initiatives by local communities and indigenous peoples‘. The seminar brought together representatives of indigenous peoples (IPs), peasant movements, women’s movements and local communities (LCs) to voice and share their experiences and insights into the most appropriate, equitable and effective ways in which outsiders can support initiatives of IPs and LCs to conserve and restore their forests and other ecosystems. The seminar also discussed successes and failures relating to schemes such as REDD+ of which participants offered recommendations and voiced their concerns. 

 

The discussion paper:The hottest REDD issues: Rights, Equity, Development, Deforestation and Governance by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ is a contribution to the debate around policies and incentives for REDD focusing on the potential of forests by IPs and LCs, and discusses the implications of REDD regimes for local rights.