Indigenous contributions to national climate plans

Posted on November, 01 2021

Increasing recognition of IPLCs' important role in policy-making will help raise Paris Agreement ambition and drive implementation.
The implementation of the Paris Agreement is currently falling short when it comes to the effective and full participation of Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and the recognition of their rights and contributions to climate mitigation and adaptation. 

IPLCs are an integral and indivisible part of their territories: without their inclusion, countries cannot meet their climate commitments.

Indigenous groups are already calling on the world to act, as demonstrated by a recent motion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress to protect at least 80% of the Amazon by 2025 and to work with Indigenous peoples to fully recognize and delimit all their ancestral territories.

In this policy brief, WWF has drawn on the perspectives of Indigenous peoples’ organizations, NGOs, UN agencies and researchers in or focusing on Latin America to outline policy recommendations for more effective and full participation of IPLCs in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 
Marisela and her son plant a new tree in a forested area of their family farm as part of a reforestation programme in the municipality of Calamar, Guaviare Department, Colombia.
© Luis Barreto / WWF-UK