Learning from indigenous peoples

Another interesting side-event today at the climate change conference: “Learning from indigenous people on traditional forest management and REDD plus”.

The organizer – Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) – wants to bring community experiences to the core of the discussions, showing why we have to increase the value of indigenous traditional forest management practices.

Forests are not only about carbon: they are treasures of biodiversity, rich soils and more.

During the last Bonn Climate Talks, in June 2010, the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (IPCCSD) was launched.

Members comprise several indigenous organizations and networks with on-the-ground work on climate change, indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge in Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America, the Arctic.

Several examples of ongoing research and demonstration projects were presented today during the conference, like Loita forest “managed” by maasai people in South Kenya, the Miskito forest in the North Atlantic autonomous region of Nicaragua and Indonesia forests.

You can find more information on Climate Indigenous Portal, here http://www.indigenousclimate.org/

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