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The Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility, the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Ford Foundation 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 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.
Seven dialogues took place spread out from April to October 2021 and brought together the leading experts, indigenous leaders and others to highlight the role of indigenous and community land rights in relation to these issues. The dialogues included a wide-range of creative spaces for knowledge sharing and dialogue engaging stakeholders and elevating the importance of land in the global agenda in a way that was easy to understand. The Land Dialogues were held in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish, Portuguese and French.
- First webinar: Indigenous Peoples Forest Governance A Fundamental Strategy in Preserving Forests and Reducing Carbon Emissions
- Second webinar: Land Rights, Biodiversity and Global Health How Can Indigenous Peoples Help Prevent Future Pandemics?
- Third webinar: Lessons in Climate Resilience What Can We Learn from Insigenous Peoples and Local Communities?
- Fourth webinar: Lessons from our Territories Honouring Traditional Knowledge in the Fight Against the Climate Crisis
- Fifth webinar: Lessongs from Indigenous Food Systems
- Sixth webinar: Energy Frontiers Renewable Energies in Indigenous Territories
- Seventh webinar: Financing Land Rights Investing in People and Nature
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.
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”.
It’s not unusual for children to leave home when they become adults: it is rarer, though, that they come back to invigorate the communities they grew up in with new ideas and services.
That, however, is exactly what is happening in indigenous territories throughout Indonesia. It is called “Homecoming”, although it is a far cry from the more familiar Western use of the term that involves high school sports events and prom dances.
The Sarayaku people of eastern Ecuador have declared their traditional Amazonian home as Kawsak Sacha — a living forest with rights.
On Mindanao, in the Philippines, the Manobo people have created a local and regional governance structure for their lands, including Bagani, or warriors, to police the area against logging and poaching.