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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