The Climate Action in the Landscape GLF: As it happened
On the ground there is life, and life cannot wait” – Tomasz Chruszsczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Polish Minister of Environment
On 9 December, the second climate-focused GLF event unfolded in Katowice, Poland, alongside COP24. Government officials, international organizations and NGOs, indigenous leaders and researchers came together to connect, learn, share their work and ideas to boost climate action within landscapes. Land use, biodiversity, indigenous community rights and forest restoration were core to the livestreamed discussions on how we can move faster and better in keeping global warming below 2°C.
So, what can we do? Bringing unlikely partners to the same table, “protecting the protectors” and holding the private sector accountable were seen as key to tackling what could be our biggest challenge.
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Restore ecosystems thru socially inclusive processes; degraded lands by establishing a climate resilient agriculture, biodiversity friendly agroforestry; establish integration of physical, natural infrastructure.
Japan is an industrial nation, but has high forest cover; in recent past deforestation due to development led to frequent disasters; We realized how much native forests meant, started replanting trees.
We are strongly committed to REDD+.
The good thing is that despite the fact that indigenous people are subjected to criminalization and impunity, they continue to fight.
Governments need to step back and think about what this IPCC Special Report means and we need to ensure that all countries will support the Paris Agreement.
Landscapes and the way we use them are responsible for a quarter of global emissions; landscapes can be a solution to a third of them.
After 10 years, #REDD+ has made good progress on the intermediate outcomes. But it’s not as much as we hoped. The next step is to address underlying drivers and economic incentives.
REDD+ has been so successful in Ecuador. It became not just a project but it became a national policy, which was one of the main factors in its success.
Land held and managed by indigenous people is better looked after than protected areas.
Land conflicts and dangers for communities defending their land rights are increasing.
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