This webinar confronted the reality that Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities' land rights are greatly underfunded, despite these territories being key to global environmental health services.
2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference: COP26
The UN Climate Change Conference (the official name for climate Conferences of the Parties) has happened every year since 1995. The two-week summits are an important space for stakeholders to discuss the climate crisis on a global level. These annual conferences bring together those that have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty addressing climate change .Each year representatives from every party come together to discuss action on climate change in what is known as a COP. The 26th COP was meant to take place in Glasgow, UK last November, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Land Portal for COP26
In the framework of the Convention of the Parties 26, the Land Portal has taken on a variety of different initiatives in order to help raise the visibility of land rights at this pivotal meeting. We know that protecting and preserving our land is not only a course of action for tackling climate change but also for a more prosperous future, but how do we convince others of its importance?
We invite you to click and peruse the below sections to learn about our work around COP26.
The Tenure Facility, Land Portal Foundation, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Ford Foundation have proposed a series of Land Dialogues promoting the centrality of indigenous and community land rights in advancing global efforts to halt the climate crisis, achieving a healthy planet and forwarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The dialogues have focused on the importance of formally recognising and securing the customary lands of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as a crucial contribution to the overall climate health of the planet.
Although renewable energy has not been inherently positive for Indigenous Peoples, there is a growing recognition among private and government actors that attaining the highest possible standards in respect of Indigenous Peoples’ rights is simply a matter of sound business principles and good practice.
More than 476 million Indigenous Peoples, living in more than 90 countries across the world in seven socio-cultural regions, have developed unique territorial management practices that manage to generate food whilst preserving biodiversity. In a world where food security is becoming increasingly unstable , the way Indigenous Peoples grow and consume food holds answers to the world’s b
Local and indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For rural and Indigenous Peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day-to-day life.
Indigenous Peoples globally have high exposure to environmental change and are often considered an ‘‘at-risk’’ population, although there is growing evidence of their resilience. Ample research illustrates that Indigenous Peoples are actively observing and adapting to change in a diversity of ways.
The Ford Foundation, the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility and the Thomson Reuters Foundation launched a webinar on May 20th on the the link between “environmental imbalances” and “emerging infectious diseases".
April 22nd, 2021 | 9:00AM-10:30AM EST - 3:00-4:30 CEST
Watch livestream here:
Land UP! Podcast
The Land Portal, in collaboration with our colleagues at Prindex, will be launching a podcast series called Land UP. Land UP will aim to provide fresh, outside perspectives on why land hasn’t mattered as much as it should in sustainable development and what we can do to change that. By exiting the current land silo and asking outsiders about failures and successes, we aim to challenge the land community to raise its game and make the global development world take note of the value of land.
Stay tuned- the first episode of the LandUP Podcast is coming at the end of November!
Land is a big deal when it comes to the world’s environmental goals. How we use it not only causes a third of global emissions, it has pushed a million species close to extinction and has degraded around a quarter of all land on Earth.
Thursday, 4th November 4-6pm @ Theatre CCA
Connecting Scotland to indigenous community-based solutions to land protection and transformation. Exploring individual local people’s connection to the land and why that matters. How does their advocacy for and stewardship of the land engage with the climate crisis?
Friday, 5 Nov. 2021
13:15 – 14:30 UTC+1
Multimedia Studio 3
Attendees at COP26 in Glasgow are invited to join us for a conversation about the critical role women play in building climate resilient food systems.
Monday, November 1, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Although growing evidence demonstrates the primary role of indigenous peoples and local communities in protecting forests and biodiversity, an analysis of climate funds invested over the past 10 years shows that these have not reached the communities where nature protection activities are actually at stake.
BRASILIA, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Brazil's indigenous people said on Monday they would tell a U.N. climate conference that the world needs their expertise in protecting the Amazon rainforest to solve the global warming crisis.
Wednesday Novemeber 10th @ 9.00H - 10.30H GMT
Tuesday, November 9TH @ 9H - 10.30H GMT
(Sao Paulo) – Brazil’s climate commitments and policies fall far short of what is needed to address the environmental and human rights crisis in the Amazon rainforest.
World leaders are failing ordinary people on climate change. From Fairbourne in Wales to China and Japan; the Amazon and Congo rainforests to the Pacific Islands – here are some of the people our leaders should be listening to at the COP26 global climate talks.
World leaders are meeting this week at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to agree stronger pledges to stop the world warming to dangerous levels.
Ron Turney, a water protector of the White Earth Nation tribe, has been diligently photographing what he says shows the effects of drilling fluid spills and an aquifer breach in northern Minnesota, where a Canadian energy company
In conversation with Heidi Mendoza
The Filipino government can generate new momentum and resources for its longstanding community-based forest management programme, by placing it more centrally in its climate policies. This could benefit forest-dependent communities, but only if mistakes from the past are not repeated, argues Heidi Mendoza. It requires a better understanding of the conditions and constraints for community forestry.
As leaders from around the globe gather for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), it is vital that they recognize two important facts. The first is that we cannot reach climate goals without protecting and sustainably managing the carbon-absorbing forests that cover a third of the Earth’s land surface.
- Indigenous leaders from around the world will join government officials, scientists, activists, and NGO representatives at the U.N. climate summit in Scotland to highlight the role of Indigenous peoples in providing climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.
The Global Alliance of Territorial Communities and the Land Portal Foundation recently teamed up to ask each of you how we can better promote Indigenous land rights and voices at the COP26. We invite you to browse the short videos we have gathered.
Prindex Co-Director Anna Locke and Researcher Lizzy Tan break down the summit’s final text after their time on the ground at COP26.
The mood is mixed coming out of Glasgow. There’s relief that the world didn’t step back from the 1.5°C goal and that rich countries will provide more climate finance. There’s delight that the check-ins on progress will now happen every year. There’s resigned acceptance that the coal phase out was phrased down to make it into the final text.
But there’s real frustration and fear as well.
Indigenous peoples and local communities are included in the final version of the 26th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26)’s decision text, a definite success compared to previous years. Direct financing for these groups has also been celebrated as a key success at COP26. However, how much progress was actually made, and which groups were kept on the side-lines? Many challenges still remain, and there is more to be done to include farmers’ voices in key discussions and decision-making.
Indigenous communities facing an upsurge in land grabs, water shortages and human rights violations as a result of the Cop26 deal have accused world leaders of sacrificing them in order to postpone meaningful climate action and shield
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