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An Expert Group on Indigenous Peoples in the UNFCCC?
As reported from Poznan, Poland, in REDD-Monitor and by the International Indigenous Poeples Forum on Climate Change:
After years of lobbying, there is the chance that negotiators and advocates will establish an Expert Group on Indigenous Peoples within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC.)
The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change reports that "a small but growing number of Party Delegations have expressed interest in developing the recommendation in support and solidarity with the 350 million Indigenous Peoples throughout the world." The group reports:
“While we are very happy that governments are seemingly supportive of our rights, we are dismayed at the slow progress of adopting a mechanism that ensures our participation at the UNFCCC,” said Pashuram Tamang, chairperson of IIPFCC. “This is especially in view of the developments related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).”
The issue of REDD remains problematic for Indigenous Peoples. While some governments have expressed support to the idea of recognizing indigenous rights as part of the preconditions prior to the implementation of REDD, many of the Indigenous Peoples’ delegates remain adamant in saying that “life is not for sale” and reject outright market-based mechanisms as ways to resolve the climate change problem.
Read more in REDD-Monitor >>
Posted By Megan Liddle at 7:16am on December 08, 2008
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