In a significant development, governments at the Bonn climate summit have recognized that indigenous groups could offer a major role in in protecting world’s forests and keeping temperatures of the planet at a safe level.
The conferece also marks the first time the 370-million-strong indigenous people, whose territories are estimated to contain 20% of the world’s tropical forests, are getting recognitions for their rights, autonomy and role in climate in negotiations.
Countries “should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities,” said a document approved at Bonn conference.
The 2015 Paris conference had given recognition to the the contribution of indigenous knowledge in combating climate change. But the new new recognitions go much beyond that.