Brazilian Indigenous leaders from the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil attended COP27 to discuss climate financing, policies for the demarcation of indigenous lands and legal actions they are taking against the Brazilian government's moves to dismantle indigenous environmental policy, such as the case they have taken to the International Criminal Court.
Indigenous leaders from the Amazon basin participated in discussions around global climate finance mechanisms, particularly mechanisms giving direct finance access to indigenous peoples. They brought proposals for such mechanisms to meetings and events with the governments of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and France.
The Congo Basin is the second largest rainforest in the world, yet much neglected in forest policy discussions. Indigenous and local communities of the Network of Indigenous and Local Populations for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) travelled to COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh to participate in discussions on the protection of ecosystems and peoples in the region.
"In this COP27, we have sought spaces for participation at the table where decisions are being made to implement climate funds. We have advocated for achieving direct financing for our indigenous and local communities as an efficient and high-impact tool for the conservation of biodiversity and the fight against climate change. With mechanisms such as the AMPB's Mesoamerican Territorial Fund (FTM), this financing is not only possible: it is already a reality."
Indigenous women leaders attended COP27 with the aim of demonstrating that ancestral knowledge is fundamental to inform policymaking on land stewardship, sustainable food production and economic empowerment, calling for specific access to direct climate funding for indigenous women.
Indigenous and local community youth came to COP27 to insist on youth participation in political decision-making, bringing ancestral and technological knowledge to discussions on the solutions they are leading in the main ecosystems of the world.
Final Conference Recap: Indigenous Rights at COP27