Meeting Documents & Reports

Practical Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge
4-6 December 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland)

The programme of this workshop comprised a set of presentations and case-studies, and encouraged interactive engagement among 14 participants regarding intellectual property and traditional knowledge, and the concerns and aspirations of indigenous peoples and local communities. It was moderated by Professor Rebecca Tsosie (Arizona State University, USA), who is of Yaqui descent. Further information … Download the workshop’s programme [pdf] …


Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body
IPBES Press Release, 14 December 2013

ANTALYA, TURKEY: The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), held from 9-14 December 2013, in Antalya, Turkey, concluded with the adoption of the Antalya Consensus, a set of decisions detailing: the Platform’s work programme, for 2014-2018, including fast track, thematic, regional and sub-regional assessments and activities for building capacities; a conceptual framework that considers different knowledge systems; and rules and procedures for the Platform on, inter alia, the nomination of future Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) members and procedures for the preparation of the Platform’s deliverables, and relationship with the UN. The meeting agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species meant to support the science behind policy making. It also established a task force on indigenous and local knowledge systems led by the MEP in consultation with the Bureau, and adopted its terms of reference; and requested the MEP and the Bureau to develop draft procedures for and approaches to working with indigenous and local knowledge systems, and to establish in 2014 a roster and network of experts and a participatory mechanism for working with various knowledge systems. Read the IPBES press release … Read the IISD RS daily and summary reports of the meeting …

International polar bear conservation will include Inuit knowledge
Nunatsiaq Online, 9 December 2013

NUNAVUT, CANADA: Canada, the US, Russia, Norway and Denmark, meeting from 4-6 December 2013 in Moscow, agreed to include traditional ecological knowledge from indigenous Arctic peoples in polar bear management decisions under the 1973 International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears. The group completed their meeting with a joint declaration that lists several points of agreement on polar bear conservation and management. Listed among them are a recognition of “the importance of traditional ecological knowledge in informing management decisions,” and “the need for the range states to develop a common understanding” of what traditional ecological knowledge is. Read the article …


What came out of Warsaw on REDD? Part 1: The REDD decisions
REDD Monitor, 25 November 2013

WARSAW, POLAND: UNFCCC negotiators in Warsaw came to seven decisions relating to REDD, addressing: REDD+ finance; coordination of finance; national forest monitoring systems; summary of information on safeguards; forest reference emission levels; measuring, reporting and verification of forest-related emissions; and drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. Read the article, including links to the full text of the decisions …

The Warsaw Framework for REDD Plus: The decision on REDD finance
REDD Monitor, 29 November 2013

This post looks at the Warsaw decision on REDD finance (work programme on results-based finance to progress the full implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70). Read the post …

The Warsaw Framework for REDD Plus: The decision on coordination of REDD finance
REDD Monitor, 4 December 2013

This post looks at the decision on coordination of REDD finance (Coordination of support for the implementation of activities in relation to mitigation actions in the forest sector by developing countries, including institutional arrangements). Read the post …

The Warsaw Framework for REDD Plus: The decision on national forest monitoring systems
REDD Monitor, 10 December 2013

This post looks at the decision on modalities for national forest monitoring systems. The text states that national forest monitoring systems should “enable the assessment of different types of forest in the country, including natural forest, as defined by the Party.” Read the post …

Guest Post: A pathetic REDD package
REDD Monitor, 3 December 2013

In this post, Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition, describes the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ as “the weakest text any international forest-related body has ever adopted.” Read the post …

Two very different views on the Warsaw REDD deal from Indigenous Peoples organisations
REDD Monitor, 7 December 2013

This post comments on two very different reactions to the Warsaw Framework for REDD from two indigenous peoples organizations. The first, from the Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA) is critical. The second, from the Tebtebba Foundation, is optimistic. Read the post, including links to the releases by IPCCA and Tebtebba …

REDD+ Learning Session 18: The Warsaw REDD+ Framework – COP 19 Results
WWF Forest and Climate Programme, December 2013

In this webinar, archived from a session that took place on 5 December 2013, Josefina Brana-Varela, Policy Director of WWF’s global Forest and Climate Programme; Hermine Kleymann, Program Officer for REDD Policy at WWF-Germany; and John O. Niles, Director for Climate and Forests with WWF-US, discuss REDD+ outcomes from the recent UNFCCC COP19 climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland and outline potential next steps. Follow the webinar …


Peru to chair the 9th session of the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage
UNESCO release, 7 December 2013

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: The 8th annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguard of Intangible Heritage, marked by the 10th anniversary of UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, ended in Baku today with the election of José Manuel Rodríguez Cuadros, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Peru to UNESCO, as chair of the next session. The 9th session will take place in Paris, France, from 24 to 28 November 2014. During the meeting, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Francesco Bandarin and Lassana Cissé, Mali’s National Director for Cultural Heritage, signed an agreement whereby Mali will receive $307,307 in emergency assistance from the Intangible Heritage Fund for the compilation of an inventory of its intangible cultural heritage. The project involves taking stock of intangible cultural heritage—knowledge and practices concerning nature, oral traditions, rituals and festivals, traditional crafts etc.—over the entire country. Four elements were inscribed on the List Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which helps States Parties mobilize international cooperation and assistance to ensure the transmission of this heritage with the participation of the concerned communities. The Committee also inscribed 25 elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which serves to raise awareness of intangible heritage and provide recognition to communities’ traditions and know-how that reflect their cultural diversity. Read the release …


8th session of the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage opens in Baku
UNESCO press release, 2 December 2013

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: The eighth yearly meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, chaired by Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, opened in Baku in the presence of some 800 delegates from approximately 100 countries. From 2 to 7 December, the 24 members of the Committee in charge of implementing UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will take stock of achievements in promoting intangible cultural heritage ten years after the adoption of the Convention, which has been ratified by 157 States Parties. During the meeting, the Committee inscribed new elements in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding including: Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of Azerbaijan; the Paach ceremony celebrated in Guatemala; Mongolian calligraphy; and the Empaako tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western Uganda. In addition, 14 elements were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

An exhibition from 28 October to 10 December 2013 on the railings of the UNESCO buildings in Paris, France, aims to illustrate the role that living heritage can play in sustainable development, and will be available to the public in digital form in the future. The examples taken from different parts of the world have attempted to show how the cultural practices, expressions and knowledge that form the intangible cultural heritage are important, among other things, for the respect of sustainable environment, food security, the support of community livelihoods, strengthening social cohesion and resolving disputes. Read the release … Further information on the meeting … Visit the meeting’s website … Follow the meeting’s live webcast …


Second Meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
9-14 December 2013 (Antalya, Turkey)

The second meeting of the IPBES Plenary will consider, among several organizational, institutional and financial items, the initial work programme of the Platform 2014-2018 and its stakeholder engagement strategy, including with indigenous peoples and local communities. Among the meeting’s information documents is the report from the expert workshop on indigenous and local knowledge systems to IPBES, held in Tokyo in June 2013, and initial elements for an approach towards principles and procedures for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems proposed for use by the IPBES. Visit the meeting’s webpage, including links to working documents … Follow the meeting’s coverage by IISD Reporting Services …


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