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  • IIPFCC’s Statement for the Opening Plenary of SBI IIPFCC’s Statement for the Opening Plenary of SBI

    SBI Opening Statement

  • IIPFCC’s Statement for the Closing Plenary of APA (Bonn, Germany, May, 2016) IIPFCC’s Statement for the Closing Plenary of APA (Bonn, Germany, May, 2016)

    IIPFCC Statements

  • IIPFCC’s Statement for Opening Plenary of APA (Bonn, Germany, May, 2016) Download
  • National Position Paper of Indigenous Women 2015 National Position Paper of Indigenous Women 2015

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  • PRESS STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015 UPSCALE THE RECOGNITION OF LAND RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AS KEY TO FOREST-BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE

    AIPP_Press_Release_Intl_Forest_Day_2 Click here to download

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Position Paper on the upcoming Forest Strategy, National REDD+ Strategy, National Biodivesity Strategy and Action Plan, and Strategic Framework on Nature Conservation Indigenous Peoples’ Position Paper on the upcoming Forest Strategy, National REDD+ Strategy, National Biodivesity Strategy and Action Plan, and Strategic Framework on Nature Conservation

    final position paper Click here to download.

  • REDD+ CSOs & IPOs Alliance’s Common Position Paper on Nepal REDD+ programs

    This document is currently available only in Nepali. Click here to read the Nepali text.

  • Statement of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) SBSTA Contact Group Meeting

    12 Nov. 2013, Warsaw, Poland
    Thank you co-chairs, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC).
    We would like to reiterate that most of the remaining forests in the world today, are found in indigenous peoples’ customary-owned or managed territories, lands and resources. Therefore, any decision on our lands and forests, should not in anyway, interfere to our fundamental rights. In this context, we would like to put forward the following recommendations:

        We would like to express our serious concern regarding the pre-ambular paragraph on livelihoods in Annex 5. The term “livelihoods” inherently encompasses the ways of life of indigenous communities, therefore implying that traditional livelihoods “may be dependent on activities related to drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.”As many indigenous communities around the worldhave demonstrated that traditional livelihoods are not related to drivers of deforestation. Rather, indigenous peoples’ traditional forest conservation and management practices have contributed both to adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Our livelihoods need to be acknowledged as part of the solution, not part of the problem.Therefore, we would like to request the parties to rephrase the paragraph and make it clear that forest-related traditional livelihoods of indigenous peoples do not cause deforestation.

    Non-carbon benefits should be valued properly and should be defined within a human rights framework including respect and recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to lands, territories and natural resources. It must also take into account our unique world-views, traditional knowledge, customary governance systems and our immeasurable cultural and spiritual values.

    The methodological guidance on non carbon benefits and Safeguard Information Systems (SIS) must respect, recognize and promote the community based participatory monitoring and information systems, including traditional knowledge, customary laws, forest management systems and practices of indigenous peoples. Technical assistance and capacity building must be prioritized and supported for indigenous peoples.

    We are encouraged by the inclusion of REDD in the Green Climate Fund. We also note the presence of provisions for Safeguard and Grievance Mechanisms in the Governing Instrument of the GCF. We call on the parties to support our call that proper institutional representation and access of indigenous peoples to the Green Climate Fund as observers to the Board be put in place.

    Finally, we urge REDD partnership to ensure that, all climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, strategies, actions and programmes respect the collective rights of indigenous peoples to forests, land, territories and resources, in line with the international standards and instruments such as UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ILO Convention 169.

    Thank you.

  • Cancun Agreement, Cop 16, LCA text- Mitigation- REDD

    70. Encourages developing country Parties to contribute to mitigation actions in the forest sector by undertaking the following activities, as deemed appropriate by each Party and in accordance with their respective capabilities and national circumstances:
    (a)  Reducing emissions from deforestation;
    (b)  Reducing emissions from forest degradation;
    (c)  Conservation of forest carbon stocks;
    (d)  Sustainable management of forest;
    (e)  Enhancement of forest carbon stocks;

    When undertaking activities referred to in paragraph 70 of this decision, the following safeguards should be promoted and supported:
    (a) Actions complement or are consistent with the objectives of national forest programmes and relevant international conventions and agreements;(b) Transparent and effective national forest governance structures, taking into account national legislation and sovereignty;
    (c) Respect for the knowledge and rights of indigenous peoples and members of local communities, by taking into account relevant international obligations, national circumstances and laws, and noting that the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
    (d) The full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders, in particular, indigenous peoples and local communities, in actions referred to in paragraphs 70 and 72 of this decision;
    (e) Actions are consistent with the conservation of natural forests and biological diversity, ensuring that actions referred to in paragraph 70 of this decision are not used for the conversion of natural forests, but are instead used to incentivize the protection andconservation of natural forests and their ecosystem services, and to enhance other social and environmental benefits;1
    (f) Actions to address the risks of reversals;
    (g) Actions to reduce displacement of emissions.

  • Position Paper of NEFIN on Climate Change and REDD

    Paying attention to the ratification of Indigenous Tribal Peoples Convention (ILO C 169) and adoption of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ( UNDRIP) by the government of Nepal,

    Realizing the Anchorage Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change held in Anchorage Alaska in the United States of America,

    Considering the fact that we the indigenous peoples are the communities who have direct symbiotic relations with the nature,

    Keeping in mind the demands and claims of indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination, prerogative rights over natural resources and ownership and control over their lands that resulted from indigenous peoples’ continuous struggle from the past,

    Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) declares the following points as a minimal concept of indigenous peoples of Nepal with regard to Climate Change and REDD:

    1. While formulating any policies, plans and programs related to climate change and REDD, the state should provide constitutional, legal and administrative guarantee the ownership and control of indigenous peoples over their water, lands, forests and mineral resources that have been ensured by the ILO C. 169 and UNDRIP
    2. The state should respect and recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination while formulating any policies and implementing any plans and programs related to the climate change and REDD.
    3. The state should ensure indigenous peoples rights of Free, Prior and  Informed Consent ( FPIC) while formulating and implementing any policies, plans and programs related to the climate change and REDD.
    4. The state should ensure constitutional and legal recognition to symbiotic relations of indigenous peoples with their ancestral land, forest, water and other natural resources and their traditional knowledge, skills, customs, customary legal systems while formulating any policies, plans, and programs related to climate change and REDD and implementing, monitoring and evaluating them.
    5. The state should ascertain the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples while formulating any policies, plans and programs and implementing, monitoring and evaluating them.
    6. The state should recognize the traditional forest management systems of indigenous peoples while making any policies, plans, and programs with an objective to control deforestation and degradation as well as to protect and manage forest resources.
    7. Since REDD is related to the carbon trading for the mitigation and adaptation of the climate change, rights over  any kinds of decision either to agree or disagree over the carbon trading of the forest  should go to the indigenous peoples.
    8. The state should protect and promote the traditional knowledge and skills based on the technology of indigenous peoples by ensuring their patent rights on it while formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating any policies, plans and programs related to climate change and REDD.
    9. Since indigenous peoples are the first victims of the climate change over their traditional sustainable livelihoods, health care system, the state should provide special arrangement to address the impacts as per their traditions.
    10. The state should make special measures to control the climate change and REDD led migration’s negative effects on identity and ways of life of indigenous peoples.
    11. The state should ensure the effective participation of indigenous women and children in the formulation of any policies, plans and programs and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation related to climate change and REDD by recognizing that women and children who are affected the most.
    12. The state should immediately adopt special measures to protect the peoples of Mountains, Hills and Tarai from the flooding, landslides and drought caused by the climate change.
    13. The state should identify vulnerable indigenous communities and declare them as “the first vulnerable communities” caused by climate change. In order to minimize the effects of climate change, the state should formulate special alternative programs and implement to address them.
    14. Including Mount Everest the highest peak in the world, the range of mountains is in the state of melting, lakes are bursting, and rivers are drying due to the effect of climate change, we the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal would like to draw the attention of the International community’s of the fact that the foremost impacts caused by these disasters are the indigenous peoples in Nepal.
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