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Tashka Yamanawa, Yamanawa Peoples, Brazil

The third day of the RCP convened on Thursday, 3 December 2015, at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, France. It was hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and held under the theme “Day for indigenous peoples and local communities.”

Five sessions took place on: indigenous voices and climate change: outcomes of local-national dialogues; gender-smart climate policy; community innovation in the face of conflict; local actions to strengthen community resilience; and, the contribution of protected areas to climate change mitigation and adaptation. A reception closed the day.

In the morning, the session on indigenous voices focused on national dialogues between indigenous peoples and governments. Participants heard examples of how to integrate indigenous peoples’ perspectives into national climate policies, and within the global climate negotiations.

In the afternoon, the session on gender-responsive climate action shared experiences in climate adaptation, mitigation, finance and technology from a gender perspective. The third session explored efforts to combat climate change in the face of existing conflict, drawing on examples of how the 2015 Equator Prize winners have responded to armed conflict or illegal extractive industries, including conflicts induced or exacerbated by climate change. The fourth session on local climate resilience actions examined the key principles of social-ecological resilience with examples of these principles in practice, presented by Equator Prize winners. The final session explored the contributions that can be made by protected, indigenous and community-conserved areas to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

In the evening, three of the 21 Equator Prize winners for 2015 briefly presented their experiences. This was followed by a reception.

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Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Voices and Climate Change:
Outcomes of National Indigenous Peoples-Government Dialogues

Delfin Ganapin, GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)

Charles McNeill, UNDP



L-R: Edward Porokwa, Pastoralist Indigenous Non-Governmental Organizations Forum (PINGO Forum), Tanzania; Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, Indigenous Peoples' Foundation for Education and Environment, Thailand; Nathalie Flores Gonzales, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic; Filifilia Iosefa, Indigenous Peoples' Delegation of the Pacific, Samoa; and Lola Cabnal, Ak’ Tenamit


Nathalie Flores Gonzales, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic

Filifilia Iosefa, Indigenous Peoples' Delegation of the Pacific, Samoa

Lola Cabnal, Ak’ Tenamit


Andrew Bishop, Lead Climate Negotiator, Guyana

Duong Hoang Cong, Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM), Viet Nam


View of participants attending the 'Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Day'



Gender-Smart Climate Policy

Titilope Akosa, GEF SGP Grantee, Nigeria

Verania Chao, UNDP


L-R: Ana Maria Currea, GEF SGP; Titilope Akosa, GEF SGP Grantee, Nigeria; Nicolás Cartagena, Consejo Indígena del Pueblo Tacana, Bolivia; Maite Rodriguez, Huairou Commission, Guatemala; Mahamat Ahmat Abbas, Association Tchadienne des Volontaires pour la
Protection de l’Environnement (ATVPE), Chad
; and Allison Davis, Deputy Director of Programs, Global Greengrants Fund


Ana Maria Currea, GEF SGP

Mahamat Ahmat Abbas, ATVPE, Chad


Hyacinth Douglas, National Coordinator, GEF SGP, Jamaica

Nicolás Cartagena, Consejo Indígena del Pueblo Tacana, Bolivia


Community Innovation in the Face of Conflict:
Stories from the 2015 Equator Prize Winners

L-R: Norvin Goff and Deborah Sanchez, Muskitia Asla Takanka (MASTA); Gemechu Berhanu Gemechu, Oromia Pastoralist Association, Ethiopia; Sopheak Phon and Sopheap Hoeun, Prey Lang Communitty Network, Cambodia; Farkhuda Siddiqi, Rural Green Environment Organization, Afghanistan; Encarnacion Janamejoy and Hernando Chindoy, Wuasikamas, Colombia


Sopheak Phon and Sopheap Hoeun, Prey Lang Communitty Network, Cambodia

Encarnacion Janamejoy and Hernando Chindoy, Wuasikamas, Colombia


Gemechu Berhanu Gemechu, Oromia Pastoralist Association, Ethiopia

Farkhuda Siddiqi, Rural Green Environment Organization, Afghanistan


Local Action on Resilience: Lessons from the 2015 Equator Prize Winners

Jamison Ervin, UNDP, outlined seven principles for resilience, as defined by the Stockholm Resilience Centre



Fatima Ahmed
, Zenab for Women in Development, Sudan

Leana Corea, Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF), Honduras


L-R: Voahanginanahary Rakotondrasoa and Rakotondramanga Rafanomezantsoa, Union Soamitambatra, Madagascar; Leana Corea and Modesto Ochoa, CODDEFFAGOLF, Honduras; Fatima Ahmed, Zenab for Women in Development, Sudan; Sirous Entekhabihassanlouei and Manizeh Hajighasemi, Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGOs, Iran



The Contribution of Protected Areas to Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Terence Hay-Edie, GEF SGP, discussed how protected areas contribute to addressing climate change



Nicholas Anthony Fredericks
, South Central Peoples Development Association, Guyana

Pagi Toko, Wanang Conservation Area, Papua New Guinea



Revocatus Wilbard Njau
, MJUMITA, Tanzania

Budi Setiawan, Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung, Indonesia


Meet the 2015 Equator Prize Winners


Charles McNeill, UNDP, outlined the important roles indigenous peoples and local communities play in protecting land and forests


Maria Leusa Munduruku, Movimento Ipereg Ayu, Brazil



Gregory Mugabe
, Kayonza Growers Tea Factory, Uganda

Xiaogang Yu, Yunnan Green Watershed Management Research and Promotion Center, China







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