June 2011

UN-REDD Programme Newsletter
Issue 19, June 2011

The latest issue of the UN-REDD Programme newsletter includes, among other articles, reports from the UN-REDD Programme and Ecuador’s side-event at the UN climate change conference (6-17 June 2011, Bonn, Germany) focusing on new tools and country progress in addressing REDD+ safeguards, and from a presentation of the forthcoming FPIC and Recourse guidelines at UNPFII-10 (16-27 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York).

Safeguards Highlighted at UN-REDD and Ecuador Event in Bonn

The report highlights that through presentations from the UN-REDD Programme, Ecuador, Viet Nam, the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance and Tebtebba, more than 120 participants were given an overview of some of the concepts and tools being developed to address safeguards in REDD+ implementation. The Cancunagreement on REDD+ recognized the need to “promote and support” safeguards and requested parties to develop a “system for providing information on how safeguards are being addressed and respected.” Safeguards include critical issues such as forest governance, respect for the knowledge and rights of indigenous peoples and members of local communities and actions that are consistent with conservation of natural forests and biological diversity. The UN-REDD Programme presented its approaches and related products on safeguards, namely: the draft social and environmental principles and criteria and associated risk identification and mitigation tool; the participatory governance assessments for REDD+ designed to identify governance challenges and recommend responses; guidelines on stakeholder engagement and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and its draft guidance for the provision of information on REDD+ governance. Tebtebba shared indigenous peoples’ experiences in relation to safeguards, highlighting some inroads that have been made as well as the gaps that still need to be addressed, especially in the area of land tenure. Read the report, including link to presentations …

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in REDD+ Highlighted at the UNPFII

At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII), the UN-REDD Programme presented its forthcoming FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, and joint guidelines for stakeholder engagement recently developed with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program. The issue of upholding the rights of indigenous peoples in forest management was a hotly discussed topic at the session. Observance of the right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold their FPIC on activities that may affect their lands, territories and livelihoods was one of the matters being reviewed by the UNPFII this year. The UN-REDD Programme presented its FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, expected to be released in July 2011 for public review, at a side-event chaired by Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (Tebtebba). The guidelines are being developed using inputs from a series of regional consultations with indigenous peoples’ representatives, and will be used by countries when designing and implementing REDD+ actions. Another side-event highlighted the UN-REDD Programme’s collaboration with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program, a notable output of which is the joint FCPF and UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest Dependent Communities. A draft of these guidelines is currently available for public review until 1 July 2011. Read the article, including links to presentations … Download the draft joint FCPF UN-REDD Guidelines currently open for review …

Indigenous Memories
Slow Food, 23 June 2011

JOKKMOKK, SÁPMI, SWEDEN: Held from 17-19 June 2011, the Indigenous Terra Madre addressed many topics, including the protection of traditional knowledge. In one workshop, delegates shared their experiences about the impact of climate change in their struggle to maintain their way of life. Other issues explored were: indigenous peoples in modern and extreme conditions; pastoralism, food and communication, and the relationship between man and nature. The meeting’s outcome document, the Jokkmokk Agreement, expresses the collective voice on the issues discussed with statements on topics such as land grabbing, food sovereignty, biopiracy, exploitation by multinationals, the protection of resources, etc. Delegates also decided to create a permanent working group to continue to address these issues and represent indigenous members of the Terra Madre network into the future. Read the article … Visit the meeting’s webpage … Download the Jokkmokk Agreement [doc] …

Initial Draft Report of the Eighteenth Session of the IGC
WIPO, 24 June 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at its 18th session, held from 9-13 May 2011, “agreed that an initial draft report, containing the agreed text of the decisions and all interventions made to the Committee, would be prepared and circulated by the International Bureau and that Committee participants should submit written corrections to their interventions as included in the said initial draft report. A final version of the draft report would then be made available for adoption at the nineteenth session of the Committee, to be held from 18-22 July 2011”. The initial draft report is now available for review, and written corrections should be submitted before 4 July 2011 by e-mail to grtkf@wipo.int. View the initial draft report … Visit the WIPO IGC-19 webpage, including links to meeting documents …

National Museum of the American Indian Opens “Conversations with the Earth”
Smithsonian Institution news release, 20 June 2011

WASHINGTONDC, USA: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will be presenting “Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change” from 22 July 2011 to 2 January 2012. The multimedia exhibition explores the impact of global climate change from the perspective of 15 tribal communities in 13 countries. Using photography and community-created video and audio recordings, this exhibition – the first of its kind to highlight indigenous science – examines the ways these communities are disproportionately affected by climate change through the voices and experiences of the Earth’s traditional stewards. The communities represented in the exhibition include the Kichwa of Ecuador, the Aymara and Quechua of Peru, the Yaaqui and Comcaac of Mexico, the Guarani of Brazil, the Gwich’in of Alaska, the Inuit of Canada and the Kuna of Panama. Read the news release …

Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance
PROFOR and FAO, 2011

This new guidance framework aims to help countries assess the governance of their forest resources. It provides them with a comprehensive checklist they can use to identify and address problems in governance of forest resources. It can also be used to help ensure that efforts to reduce emissions from forests in developing countries are properly managed. It looks at three key components or “pillars” of forest governance: policy, legal, institution and regulatory frameworks; planning and decision-making processes and implementation, enforcement, and compliance. In addition, it grades performance in six areas: accountability; effectiveness; efficiency; fairness; participation; and transparency. The list of subcomponents under the first pillar includes, among others, the extent to which the legal framework recognizes customary and traditional rights of indigenous peoples, local communities and traditional forest users, and consistency between formal and informal rights to forest resources. The second pillar addresses the extent to which government engages with, creates space for and supports the participation of civil society, indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities in forest-related processes and decision-making. Download the document [pdf] …

The Road to an Anti-Biopiracy Agreement
Third World Network (2011) | ISBN: 978-967-5412-54-7

This book compiles articles from Third World Network publications following the difficult progress of the CBD negotiations which resulted in the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization on 29 October 2010 during the tenth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties. It contains reports starting from the early days of the negotiations in Kuala Lumpur in 2004, until the last round of talks in Nagoya in 2010, as well as some preliminary analyses of the Protocol and the extent to which it can effectively combat biopiracy. Download the book [pdf] …

International meeting on Article 10 (Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity) with a focus on Article 10(c) (Customary Use of Biological Diversity)
31 May – 3 June 2011 (Montreal, Canada)

The meeting focused on sustainable use of biological diversity with a focus on customary sustainable use (Article 10(c)), which, according to CBD COP Decision X/43 is a new component of the revised programme of work on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge). Participants agreed on recommendations regarding elements of a strategy to integrate Article 10(c) as a cross-cutting issue into the CBD work programmes and thematic areas, beginning with the programme of work on protected areas, as well as recommendations on: developing further guidance on sustainable use and related incentive measures for indigenous and local communities (ILCs); and considering measures to increase the engagement of ILCs and governments at the national and local levels in the implementation of Article 10 and the ecosystem approach. One day was devoted to operationalising the three indicators adopted for traditional knowledge: status and trends of linguistic diversity and numbers of speakers of indigenous languages; status and trends in land-use change and land tenure in the traditional territories of ILCs; and status and trends in the practice of traditional occupations. The advice and recommendations developed at the meeting will be submitted to the seventh meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j), to be held from 31 October – 4 November 2011, in Montreal, Canada, and to COP-11, to be held in October 2012. Read further information on the meeting … Visit the meeting webpage, including links to official documents …

International Technical Symposium: Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development: Documentation and Registration of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
26-28 June 2011 (Muscat, Oman)

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Public Authority for Crafts Industries of Oman, this symposium will include sessions on: the role of formalities in TK and traditional cultural expressions protection; registration as a tool for facilitating the diffusion of creativity in the digital environment; defensive and positive protection of TK and the role of documentation; TK databases; traditional cultural expressions databases; cultural institutions, preservation and intellectual property; community-led cultural documentation; and registration and the WIPO draft instruments. Visit the meeting website …

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