A new paradigm of climate partnership with Indigenous Peoples: An analysis of the recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the IPCC report on mitigation

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On 4 April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on Mitigation of Climate Change – the contribution of the Working Group III (WGIII) to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). In response to this, IWGIA, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Pastoralists Indigenous NGO Forum (PINGO’s Forum) present a joint briefing note analysing the findings of the IPCC report concerning Indigenous Peoples. (Don’t forget to also read the IWGIA briefing paper on the IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability)

In its new report, the IPCC recognises the multiple risks that both climate change and current mitigation measures pose to Indigenous Peoples. Despite this particular vulnerability, the report highlights the significant role of Indigenous Peoples in promoting climate action. The contributions of Indigenous Peoples are many and varied, including the role of Indigenous Peoples’ movements in encouraging a right-based climate action. Also crucial are the contributions that diverse communities make in their territories to conserve and restore nature, positioning Indigenous Peoples as key actors in land-based mitigation measures. Special mention is given to Indigenous Peoples’ values and worldviews, which can promote new narratives to better respond to climate change. 

The IPCC report provides strong evidence on how recognising and respecting Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge provides multiple benefits. Therefore it mentions the importance of effectively including Indigenous Peoples in climate governance and improving access to climate finance. Based on this evidence, this the joint briefing note – written by Rosario Carmona, Joanna Petrasek MacDonald (ICC), Dalee Sambo Dorough (ICC), Tunga Bhadra Rai (NEFIN), Gideon Abraham Sanago (PINGO’s Forum) and Stefan Thorsell (IWGIA) – proposes a series of recommendations to governments to strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ participation in climate governance.

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