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Views on issues relating to indigenous peoples and local communities for the development and application of methodologies Submission of FERN and Rainforest Foundation UK to the UNFCCC
Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), 15 February 2009

fern rffThe submission by FERN and Rainforest Foundation UK to the UNFCCC SBSTA on indigenous peoples rights and climate. spells out that recognition of forest peoples’ rights is pre-condition for a successful forest – climate agreement.

“Upholding the rights and promoting the interests of indigenous peoples and local communities in the development and implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures is not only necessary to ensure consistency with applicable international laws, norms and standards; it is also an essential prerequisite to ensure the effectiveness of climate measures. This is all the more true in the case of forest-climate policies, such as those aimed at “reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation” (REDD), because much of the world’s remaining forests in developing countries are located in the ancestral and customary lands of indigenous peoples and local communities. Any UNFCCC forest-climate agreement will have major implications for the rights and welfare of indigenous peoples and local communities, and, in turn, indigenous peoples and local communities in forested areas will impact the effectiveness of the agreement.” – Extract from the FERN & RFF submission

The submission concludes that an effective forest-climate agreement should:

  • Recognize rights and FPIC as pre-conditions,
  • Develop acceptable and effective methodologies to monitor governance improvements and
    social impacts of climate change mitigation measures, and
  • Recognise and protect collective and customary forest tenure and management systems,
    including measures to safeguard communities’ subsistence, cultural or spiritual values.

Download the 4-page Views on issues relating to indigenous peoples and local communities for the development and application of methodologies submission [pdf]…

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