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The reflections propose the next steps on how to strengthen global climate action in the years leading up to 2018 and 2020 that we intend to further discuss during COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Based on these further discussions, we will provide our recommended way forward to the COP, and propose a framework for global climate action that will be elaborated at the high-level event on accelerating climate action to be held on 17 November 2016.

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IUCN Congress boosts support for Indigenous peoples’ rights

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 9 September 2016 (IUCN) – Key decisions boosting support for Indigenous peoples’ rights have been adopted by IUCN State, government and civil society members today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaiʻi. 

In a landmark decision, the IUCN Members’ Assembly has voted to create a new category of membership for Indigenous peoples’ organisations. This will open the opportunity to strengthen the presence and role of Indigenous organisations in IUCN – a unique membership union gathering 217 state and government agencies, 1, 066 NGOs, and networks of over 16,000 experts worldwide.

“Today’s decision to create a specific place for Indigenous peoples in the decision-making process of IUCN marks a major step towards achieving the equitable and sustainable use of natural resources,” says IUCN Director General Inger Andersen. “Indigenous peoples are key stewards of the world’s biodiversity. By giving them this crucial opportunity to be heard on the international stage, we have made our Union stronger, more inclusive and more democratic.”

“This decision is historical in that it is the first time in IUCN’s history that a new membership category has been established,” says Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Chair of IUCN's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). “It also marks a turning point for the inclusion and full participation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of IUCN's work. 

“For Indigenous peoples this provides an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to global policy on biocultural conservation, indigenous issues, traditional knowledge and the future direction of conservation as distinct peoples. I am proud of IUCN and its members for doing the right thing and enabling Indigenous peoples to speak for themselves as full members of the Union.”  Readmore  IUCN

Conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples’ rights. Report to the General Assembly

The present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to her mandate under Council resolutions 15/14 and 24/9. In the report, the Special Rapporteur provides a brief summary of her activities since her previous report to the Assembly, as well as a thematic analysis of conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples' rights. 

For more info, go to this site: UNSRRIP 

Protecting the Rights of Forest-dwelling Communities: Compendium of Judgments on the Forest Rights Act

The publication, produced by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and UNDP, is a compilation of various court rulings, including the Supreme Court of India and High Courts of several states, that have strengthened the Forest Rights Act. The compendium aims to be a guide for authorities that protect the rights of such vulnerable communities . Source: UNDP in India  


State of the World's Forests 2016 (SOFO)

Forests and agriculture: land use challenges and opportunities

Serial Title: State of the World's Forests
Year of publication: 2016
Publisher: FAO
Pages: 125 p.
Job Number: I5588
Country: Costa Rica; Georgia; Viet Nam; Tunisia; Gambia; Ghana; Americas
Agrovoc keywords:forest land use; degraded forest land; agricultural landscape; landscape conservation; forest cover; food security; forestry policies; sustainable forest management; Costa Rica; Georgia; Viet Nam; Ghana; Gambia; Tunisia;

Forests and trees support sustainable agriculture. They stabilize soils and climate, regulate water flows, give shade and shelter, and provide a habitat for pollinators and the natural predators of agricultural pests. They also contribute to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, for whom they are important sources of food, energy and income. Yet, agriculture remains the major driver of deforestation globally, and agricultural, forestry and land policies are often at odds.

The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2016 shows that it is possible to increase agricultural productivity and food security while halting or even reversing deforestation, highlighting the successful efforts of Costa Rica, Chile, the Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Tunisia and Viet Nam. Integrated land-use planning is the key to balancing land uses, underpinned by the right policy instruments to promote both sustainable forests and agriculture.

Read the Booklet of the State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2016.

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