Climate change and REDD program
Posted on June 13, 2016
Indigenous people has for long time believed that long droughts and climate discrepancy are God punishment meted on human kind for not respecting divine rule. They have lived with this believe, using their traditional rites and sacrifice to curb environmental impacts. Before the year 2009 nobody could talk about climate change within indigenous people communities, presently indigenous people have understood the causes of these environmental changes. Human activities produce tons of green house gases that harm the environment resulting to climate change phenomenon. Indigenous Mbororo and Baka people could not coup with these changes since they depend solely on the environment for their livelihoods. In short climate change will be awful to everyone but catastrophic to the poor in particular indigenous people who are nature dependent people.
Lelewal has been carrying trainings on Community based monitoring and information systems (CBMIS) within it's REDD and climate change program in the demonstration areas. This has help to familiarize the communities with climate variations brought by climate change. Through these trainings the respective communities in the hubs are able to collect data from their environment, analyze and document these changes. They can also identify REDD projects executed in their area and seek the respect of their rights through the concept of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) including them at all levels of the project with full and effective participation of community members respecting their rights and exigencies.
Lelewal is an active environmental organization and has actively participated in all United Nation Climate Conference and its related meetings since 2009 to date within the network of indigenous peoples organizations known as International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) spearheaded by the Philippines based indigenous peoples organization TEBTEBBA FOUNDATION, under the auspices of United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).