REDD+ and indigenous people
1 KEY MESSAGES
- Conflicts between indigenous peoples with territorial rights and other local groups like landless and migrants should be taken into account when planning REDD+ national strategies and action plans.
- Acknowledging that indigenous communities are also engaged with markets and external actors, and may prioritize “immediate needs”, is important for the understanding of their livelihoods, decision-making processes and positions regarding REDD+.
- Assessments and information about the possible consequences of REDD+ in local areas should be presented in local languages. Participatory budgeting provides interesting experience for fair benefit sharing schemes, which could also be included in REDD+ activities. The participation of women is essential.
- Indigenous peoples organizations and local communities in favor of REDD+ see it as a possibility to strengthen territorial control and self-management, and demand respect for their rights, territories and autonomy, with adequate consultation processes.