Community Rights and Climate Change: What Future Do We Want?

Climate Futures Dialogue Summary Report

Author: Rights and Resources Initiative, Rainforest Foundation Norway, Rainforest Foundation US, and Forest Peoples Programme

Date: February 12, 2024

On 17 September 2023, over 70 rightsholder representatives and their allies joined together for a global dialogue on how climate finance can or should support their vision for the future in a world impacted by climate change. Thanks to the support of progressive donors and philanthropies, a dedicated space for Indigenous Peoples, local communities, Afro-descendant Peoples, and the women within these groups was created to reflect on and share their experiences with market and non-market climate financing initiatives and consider how these instruments can better serve their communities. The dialogue sought to go beyond known gaps and challenges to address the critical needs of rightsholders and begin defining pathways that can support a more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and climate-resilient future for all. To these ends, participants were invited to:

  1. Share reflections and experiences with market and non-market financing sources, including projects, jurisdictional approaches, and direct financing mechanisms.
  2. Assess the adequacy of existing tools and instruments to help them meet their self-determined priorities (and under what conditions).
  3. Brainstorm the ideal mechanisms and pathways that would best serve local peoples’ interests, and advance their self-determined futures.

The collaboration of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Rainforest Foundation US, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and the Forest Peoples Programme made this dialogue possible. This document provides an overview of shared observations and emerging paths forward.
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