Event: How can indigenous peoples’ rights be strengthened in renewable energy projects to ensure long-term sustainability?
Panel debate and presentations co-organized by IWGIA and University of Copenhagen, on November 4th, 2019.
Renewable energy is a crucial factor to achieve the 1.5 °C goal, as set out in the Paris Agreement, but how can we ensure that renewable energy projects include the indigenous peoples that often live in the areas where the projects are implemented?
Governments and private sector actors promote and implement renewable energy projects in developed and developing countries Renewable energy projects, such as windmills parks, are often realised on traditional lands and territories of indigenous peoples, and in many places, renewable energy projects have led to rights violations and displacement of indigenous peoples. Therefore, it is essential and timely to discuss how renewable energy projects should ensure and integrate a human-rights based approach to become truly sustainable long-term climate solutions to achieve both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
Monday 4th of November 2019 from 17:00-18:30 (see detailed schedule below) at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science, Auditorium A2-70.03, Marmorhallen, Frederiksberg Campus, Bülowsvej 21,1870 Frederiksberg C
Welcome by Kathrin Wessendorf, interim director at IWGIA
Presentation by Ilse Renkens, Ph.D. RUC and DIIS: Indigenous peoples and renewable energy projects in Kenya
The Green Climate Fund and renewable energy by Tobias Von Platen Hallermund, Danish board member of the Green Climate Fund
Panel debate: 17:40-18:30
Laila Susanne Vars: , Sámi lawyer, President of the Sámi University of Applied Sciences and Member in the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, member of IWGIA Board
Marianne Wiben Jensen, senior advisor on land rights and Africa, IWGIA
Chris Tooley, Māori researcher, CEO of Te Puna Ora o Mataatua (health/social organisation) and Vice-chairman of IWGIA
Moderated by Knud Vilby, chairman of the board IWGIA
The panelists will discuss the following themes:
1. Best practices and key challenges that should be considered when implementing renewable energy projects in North and South
2. Measures to ensure that human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights are respected and protected when implementing renewable energy projects
3. The role of decision-makers, companies and indigenous peoples in ensuring that renewable energy projects are beneficial both for the climate and the people affected by the projects, so it becomes a long-term sustainable win-win solution
Tags: Human rights