Indigenous Peoples


To broaden perspectives, support transparency and accountability, and ensure more targeted and effective action on the ground, representatives of the major non-governmental stakeholder groups serve three-year terms as observers at the CIF governance table and at the country level. - Photo: CIFOR/Shutterstock

Indigenous People are identified as peoples who under international or national legislation have a set of specific rights based on their historical ties to a particular territory, and are usually culturally or historically distinct from the larger population.  These groups are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, and have a vested interest in adaptation projects.

It is a principle of CIF to engage with vulnerable, disadvantaged and remotely located communities, including Indigenous Peoples. The CIF recognizes the deep connection between indigenous peoples and the natural environment in the context of climate change, as well as the sanctity of indigenous cultural practices. They also have a practical knowledge of the environmental sensitivities of the areas where they live, built over centuries of subsistence on the land and observation of climate patterns. Through the CIF, particularly in their role as Observers on the Trust Fund Committees and Subcommittees, Indigenous Peoples have access to a powerful forum for the issues that concern them and new resources to assist them in their efforts to adapt to the challenges they face.

Indigenous People are represented by ten observers in total on the Strategic Climate Fund's Trust Fund Committee and its three sub-committees, and will be extensively represented on the steering committee of the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DMG), launching in 2013. These observers have a critical role to play in assisting the CIF engage with indigenous groups at the country level, through their own networks and with the assistance of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and civil society organizations (CSOs).

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