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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz at Bali Climate Change Conference

by NationTalk on December 13, 2007898 Views

December 12, 2007

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bali, where she is advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world.On 11 December, at an event on the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility on, a funding mechanism aimed at preserving forests, Ms. Tauli Corpuz raised a number of concerns, many of which are related to indigenous peoples’ negative experiences with similar initatives of the past. She emphasized the the importance of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the principle of free prior and informed consent as the basic frameworks for any initiatives that affect indigenous peoples. Click here to view the entire statement.

At another event, she stated that indigenous peoples are impacted not only by climate change, but also by some of the solutions to it, including carpon sequestration and agrofuel plantations.

On that issue, Ms. Tauli Corpuz and Mr. Parshuram Tamang presented a paper to the Sixth Session of the Permanent Forum, entitled Oil Palm and Other Commercial Tree Plantations, Monocropping: Impacts on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Tenure and Resource Management Systems and Livelihoods.

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