District Coordination Committee Udayapur had organized a one day interaction programme with local government bodies on the concern of indigenous people on climate change and REDD at Gaighat on October 13, 2012. There were 32 participants from different indigenous peoples’ organizations. Some journalists, students and personnel from local government bodies like CDO, head of Triyuga municipality were present in the programme. The resource persons for the programme were Dandu Sherpa (Treasurer of NEFIN) and Kamala Thapa Magar (CCMIN Officer).
The main aim of the one day interaction programme was to update the issues of indigenous people to the local bodies as their role will be vital during the formulation of National REDD Strategy. The other purpose was to alert the indigenous people about climate change and REDD Plus and their rights and role on natural resources.
The programme was formally chaired by Subash Kirati, the chairman of NEFIN Udayapur. Pawan Nuri Sherpa, member of NEFIN Udayapur welcomed all the participants with his short speech. Dandu Sherpa, the treasurer of NEFIN briefed the objectives and scope of programme. Then the presentation was presented by Kamala Thapa Magar and Dandu Sherpa. The resource persons showed the documentary which highlighted the intimate symbiotic linkage, rights and issues of indigenous people with natural resources. The participants interacted with each other and with the resource persons.
Kamala Thapa Magar, the resource person gave presentation on ‘Climate Change and REDD”. She briefly discussed on climate change, concept of REDD and REDD+. Participants were more concerned on the developing issues of REDD. Dandu Sherpa gave another presentation on“REDD and concern of indigenous nationalities”. His presentation highly emphasized the lifestyle of indigenous people with respect to nature, customary practices and rights of indigenous people, why indigenous people should be conscious about climate change, why indigenous people are becoming victims of climate change, benefit sharing of indigenous people on carbon trade, and REDD+ and environmental management.
The one day interaction programme enlightened the concerns of indigenous people on climate changes & REDD and tried to convince the local government bodies to address their issues while drafting the National REDD Strategy.