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PARIS AGREEMENT OMISSION SPURS DEMANDS FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

11/07/2016

In late October, nearly 300 leaders from indigenous tribes in the Amazon gathered in Lima, Peru to demand that governments respect their rights to land ownership and forest conservation. The issue of indigenous land rights has been a pertinent issue this past year, particularly after the Paris Agreement removed language enforcing the recognition of indigenous rights from the final text. Currently, only 21 countries have included recognition of indigenous rights and community-based land tenure in their national emissions reduction commitments. These efforts are bolstered by new research demonstrating that expanding tribal land rights is the most cost-effective way to use forests for carbon sequestration and that deforestation tends to be two to three times lower inside tenured indigenous forest. Many hope the issue of indigenous rights will receive attention at COP 22. For the full story, see https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/nov/04/amazonians-call-on-leaders-to-heed-link-land-rights-and-climate-change-rainforest-lima-summit and https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/02/indigenous-rights-forests-climate-change-study.