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April 22nd, 2021 | 9:00AM-10:30AM EST - 3:00-4:30 CEST
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Colleagues joined the Ford Foundation, the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility and the Thomson Reuters Foundation for a webinar on April 22nd, Earth Day. This webinar provided an opportunity to review the report “Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples” by FAO and FILAC, and its main arguments. It discussed how governments can move forward formal recognition of territorial rights to indigenous and tribal territories and their forests that have yet to receive such recognition while reaching agreement with Indigenous and tribal traditional authorities about rules related to territorial planning and forest management, as well as coordinate actions to ensure those rules are respected. It also sparked debate on how global and national plans for preventing deforestation, forest degradation and carbon emissions on Indigenous and tribal territories should ensure safe living conditions and channel new investments to support traditional livelihoods. This webinar was a 90 minute session which included a panel discussion and presentation and a Q&A with the audience. The webinar took place in English and was simultaneously interpreted to Spanish, French and Portuguese.
This event was the first of a series of webinars organised under the “Land Dialogues”series, a Tenure Facility, Land Portal, Ford Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation initiative promoting the importance of recognizing legal ownership of Indigenous Peoples and local communities land rights as a prerequisite for achieving national and international goals for forest governance, food security, climate mitigation, economic development, and human rights.
Improving tenure of forests by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples can lower deforestation rates and biodiversity loss, avoiding C02 emissions, but more investment is urgently needed to address rising threats.
The UN Climate Change Conference (the official name for climate Conferences of the Parties) has happened every year since 1995. The two-week summits are an important space for stakeholders to discuss the climate crisis on a global level. These annual conferences bring together those that have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty addressing climate change .Each year representatives from every party come together to discuss action on climate change in what is known as a COP. The 26th COP was meant to take place in Glasgow, UK last November, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.