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Home » Events » TKI Workshop: Climate Change Mitigation (Cairns)


TKI Workshop: Climate Change Mitigation (Cairns)

Starts: 26/Mar/2012, 09:00 AM
Ends: 28/Mar/2012


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 North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) convened a workshop on Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.

Indigenous peoples legally own more than 11% of the world's forests, many of which are hotspots of biodiversity. 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.

Participants will be expected to identify, compile and analyze relevant issues related to climate change mitigation by local communities and indigenous peoples. 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; and
  • Outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal

The workshop was held from 26-28 March 2012 in Cairns, Australia. Participants were selected through an abstract submission process which closed on 7 December 2011. Selected participants invited to participate were contacted in early February 2012.

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