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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. According to a 2021 study by Rainforest Foundation Norway, from 2011 to 2020 less than 1% of climate cooperation funds were allocated to forest management or to legalize indigenous territories, and in the past 10 years only 0,017% of all climate cooperation funds mention an indigenous organization in the implementation.

This is despite evidence that protecting Indigenous territories mitigates climate change, protects biodiversity and decreases the risk of zoonotic disease spillover. In addition, defending community land rights could also improve  inequality and human rights.

With world leaders talking about a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a transition to a low-carbon economy, mobilising and strategically investing public and private finance to scale up the recognition of land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities should be a key priority for 2021 and beyond. 

Colleagues joined us on November 18th to discuss why and how we should invest in both human rights and environmental rights for a more equitable & sustainable future. 




Thin Lei Win

Thin Lei Win​



Tuntiak Katan, - Panelist- General Coordinator, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC)

Kevin Currey, Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Nonette Royo, Executive Director, The Tenure Facility

Harold Liversage, Panelist, IFAD Tenure Division



  • Thin Lei Win, Moderator- Independent journalist
  • Tuntiak Katan,  Panelist- General Coordinator, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC)
  • Kevin Currey, Panelist- Program Officer, Ford Foundation
  • Nonette Royo, Panelist- Executive Director, The Tenure Facility
  • Harold Liversage, Panelist- Lead Land Tenure Specialist, IFAD
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2 November 2021

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.

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Whether or not governments agreed enough to slow global warming at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow is up for debate. But Indigenous Peoples, at least, did not come away empty-handed: their views were listened to and, in some cases, appear to have been taken into consideration.

It was clearly stated, for example, in the $12 billion “Global Forest Finance Pledge” signed by 11 rich countries and the European Union, that part of the money would be used for supporting “forest and land governance and clarifying land tenure and forest rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities”.

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