Date: July 6, 2023
On May 8–12, 2023, Indigenous and local community women leaders joined international donors and philanthropies, and African ministers and political actors in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to strengthen and promote the role of the region’s Indigenous and local community women and girls in climate resilience and biodiversity conservation.
The Congo Basin’s ecosystem in Central Africa is the world’s second lung after the Amazon rainforest, home to extraordinary biodiversity of crucial importance to global climate goals. Indigenous and local community women play a vital role in the management and protection of the natural ecosystems that store biodiversity, sequester carbon, sustain local livelihoods, and safeguard their cultures and traditional knowledge.
In order to value their often-ignored contributions to nature conservation and climate resilience—and above all to fight against widespread injustices and discrimination—REPALEAC and Indigenous women leaders partnered with RRI to host the First Forum of Indigenous and Local Community Women in Central Africa and the Congo Basin. This Declaration is a global call to action.