XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Communities speak: Indigenous Peoples’ local actions and initiatives are vital to implement Paris Agreement and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

May 5, 2022 | 10:00 AM KST - 11:30 AM KST

Conference Room 318A


The land, territories, and resources of Indigenous Peoples are home to 80% of the planet’s biodiversity and to at least 24% of the total carbon stored above ground in the world’s tropical forests. Indigenous Peoples’ world views, values, knowledge, and above all, customary laws and governance systems have played a vital role in ensuring customary sustainable use and management of their land, territories, and resources. Indigenous Peoples are the world’s leaders in living sustainably and protecting the fragile eco-systems of the planet. The local actions and leaderships of Indigenous Peoples are contributing to protecting biodiversity and combat climate change. This side event facilitates the participation of representatives of Indigenous Peoples including women and youth as key speakers. The speakers will highlight local stories that are contributing to the fight against the climate crisis and to protect biodiversity; discuss the challenges and gaps in the national climate and biodiversity action plan; and present key recommendations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This side event will form part of the #CommunitiesSpeak advocacy agenda, which weaves together the voices and experiences of a network of smallholders, community forest and farm producers and enterprises, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities living in forests and forested landscapes. It is co-organized by a consortium of three network organizations – Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), and the Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP), together with partner communities to ensure that the voices of communities will be heard in the World Forestry Congress 2021. This side event builds on the momentum gained by the consortium during the Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016 and 2019 in Clark and Incheon, respectively.

Convening organizations

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme Asia (NTFP-EP Asia), and the Asian Farmers' Association For Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) with support from the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA)

Who can attend







ST 2: Nature-based solutions for climate and biodiversity

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