Challenges in Funding Conservation Efforts for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
A recent report examining the Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI) has revealed that although commitments of funding for Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IP and LC) in conservation have risen, the funding landscape remains largely unchanged. Despite their potential in enhancing conservation efforts, IP and LC groups receive less than 1% of climate change mitigation and adaptation funding. The report, launched on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, emphasizes the need for substantial scaling to honor the rights and priorities of these communities.
At the Subsidiary Bodies 58 conference, Indigenous Peoples’ representatives sought representation on the Transitional Committee (TC) for a Loss and Damage Fund (LDF) to incorporate their perspectives on addressing loss and damage. Although IP and LC groups manage a significant portion of the world’s land, only 7% of pledged funding reaches them, hindering their engagement with decision-makers. The report underscores the importance of inclusive approaches for effective marine and landscape protection.
Why has the funding landscape for Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IP and LC) in conservation not changed significantly despite increased commitments?
The report reveals that while funding commitments have grown, less than 1% of climate change mitigation and adaptation funds are directed towards IP and LC groups. This lack of substantial allocation impedes transformative change in the funding landscape.
What is the significance of the Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI) and why was it launched on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples?
The ICI aims to enhance conservation efforts by involving Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Launched on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the initiative underscores the importance of recognizing and respecting the rights and priorities of these communities.
How are Indigenous Peoples seeking representation in the establishment of a Loss and Damage Fund (LDF), and why is it important?
Indigenous groups, including representatives from India, are pushing for inclusion in the Transitional Committee (TC) responsible for the Loss and Damage Fund (LDF). They want their insights on losses and damages, along with their knowledge, to be considered in the committee’s recommendations for the LDF’s full operationalization.
Despite managing a significant portion of the world’s land, why is only a small fraction of funding reaching Indigenous groups?
While Indigenous Peoples manage 25% of the global land surface, only 7% of pledged funding is directly allocated to them. This disparity hampers their ability to address climate change impacts and engage with decision-makers effectively.
What role do local efforts play in conservation funding, especially in regions like Latin America?
In Latin America, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implement 26% of disbursements, and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations receive 41% of all funding. This highlights the pivotal role of local efforts as a primary source of conservation funding.
What future initiatives are anticipated to address funding challenges for Indigenous Peoples in conservation?
The upcoming 7th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Vancouver will witness the launch of the Global Biological Framework Fund (GBFF). This initiative aims to provide support for conservation, potentially offering solutions to the funding struggles faced by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
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