Conservation news mongabay.com 23 Nov, 2021 22:15 am

Questions over who gets the billions pledged to Indigenous causes at COP26

Questions over who gets the billions pledged to Indigenous causes at COP26
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Some Indigenous leaders are skeptical about how this will play out given that most previous financial support was not addressed to Indigenous organizations and communities, but to intermediate NGOs, government agencies and regional banks, thus reducing their efficiency.Indigenous organizations say increasing direct funding to Indigenous-led initiatives and transparency in the flow of funds can increase effectiveness of the pledges and build trust.However, an initiative led by AIDESEP, the Confederation of Amazonian Nations of Peru (CONAP) and other Indigenous organizations managed to title 51 communities, with 110 titles in progress, in the span of four years for just $5 million.The partnership, consisting of Indigenous organizations, conservation groups, companies and investors, aims to “set a high standard for equitable, accessible, and culturally appropriate mechanisms for forest communities to engage with climate finance.

“We must continue to expand this network of committed allies to Indigenous peoples and ensure that Indigenous organizations have direct access to funding sources,” Tracy Rector, a managing director at Nia Tero, told Mongabay by email.” Indigenous leaders like Tuntiak Katan Jua, deputy head of the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), say they’re still skeptical about these pledges, which remain short on details of how financial resources will be directly allocated.

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