Bonn – Bonn(22 June 2019) –Forests are home to 1.6 billion people and provide ecosystem services such as fresh water and clean air on a planetary scale. Yet, if deforestation were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
The gap between these realities –long-term benefits for all versus short-term profit for a few— can only be bridged by protecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, argued delegates at the opening of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn, Germany.
On 22-23 June 2019, the summit held alongside UNFCCC’s Bonn Climate Change Conference convenes more than 600 representatives and thousands more online to advance a rights-based answer to the climate crisis.
Notably, the event serves as consultation for a ‘gold standard’ for rights that will launch by the end of the year under the leadership of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development and the Rights and Resources Initiative.
The document will guide authorities, industries and non-profits engaged in land management on how to apply principles such as free, prior and informed consent, respect to cultural heritage, and gender equality.