UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Bonn Climate Change Conference concludes

UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference took place from 14-25 May in Germany; over the course of the conference, International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) raised many indigenous issues.

In its statement to the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), IIPFCC made several recommendations, including the setting up of an Indigenous Peoples’ Expert Body as a technical advisor throughout UNFCCC programmes and increased participation of IPs in climate policy-making and negations. The Forum, in the Ad Hoc Working Group-Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), called on all parties to commit to finally progressing to 2nd period commitments, in accordance with Kyoto Protocol and Durban decisions and emphasised the urgency of the situation and the reality of climate change. Further, the Forum, in closing statement to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Working Group on REDD+, emphasised the symbiotic relationship of Indigenous Peoples and forests, that shifting cultivation and pastoralism are not drivers of deforestation but adaptive strategies at risk because of climate change. They stressed the importance of IP knowledge in implementation of conservation and the need to focus on adaptation as primary focus of UNFCCC discussion on agriculture.

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