CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Meeting Introduction

Home FAQ Contact Us Site Search
United Nations University

Please enter your name and email address to receive our
periodical newsletter.

* Name :
* Email :
* Security :
TK Bulletin
Quick Links
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Background
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Meeting Programme
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Call for Abstracts
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Outcomes
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Social Media Guide
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Social Media Hashtags
CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Social Media Links
Abstract Submissions Cairns 2012
Add to Bookmark
Email a Friend
Print This Page
Home » Thematic Areas » TK & Climate Change » CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Meeting » CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Meeting Introduction

CCMLCIP Cairns 2012 - Climate Change Mitigation Meeting Introduction

Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples:
Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects

26-28 March 2012, Cairns, Australia


United Nations University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) propose a workshop on climate change mitigation with local communities and Indigenous peoples.

Aims of the workshop

Participants will identify, compile and analyze relevant issues related to climate change mitigation by local communities and Indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples legally own more than 11% of the world's forests, many of which are hotspots of biodiversity.[1] These forests and other landscapes under local systems of tenure are at the centre of national and international mitigation proposals. It is, however, often unclear how they could be incorporated and how legal and governance frameworks could facilitate fair burden sharing and support sustainable development. Also, traditional technologies and practices are increasingly being recognized as cost-effective terrestrial mitigation solutions that have the potential to enhance existing carbon sinks and to reduce net CO2 emissions.

The workshop aims to:

  • Reflect the wide and diverse range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation)
  • Support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of Indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation
  • Compile regional and local data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and Indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists
  • Support Indigenous peoples’, local communities’and developing country scientists’ engagement and research in international climate dialogues
  • Provide policy-makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of Indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal


Broad international representation including

  • Indigenous peoples and local community knowledge holders and experts
  • Developing country scientists
  • Members of IPCC WG III

Participants were selected on the basis of their expertise and experience, and also considering regional balance, following a multi-lingual (English, French, Spanish) international call for abstracts.

Proposed Programme Outline for Workshops

  • Day 1: Opening ceremony and traditional welcome. Plenary session with overview lectures and presentations on workshop themes.
  • Day 2: Breakout into groups to discuss workshop themes in detail. Summary reports for each session to be circulated at the end of the day.
  • Day 3: Plenary session for discussion and update of summary reports that will be presented by the chairpersons of breakout groups.

Timing and Location of Workshops

  • 26-28 March 2012 in Cairns, Australia

Workshop Convenors

Background information

More detailed background information is available by following this link...

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts was made in November 2011. The online abstract submission form was available between Friday 11 November until Wednesday 7 December 2011.

Related Links

[1] Sobrevila, M. (2008). The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: The Natural and Often Forgotten Partners. Washington DC: The World Bank.

Exa Business Technology