Large-scale commercial agriculture continues to replace agricultural practices of indigenous peoples (IPs), pastoralists, and smallholder farmers worldwide. At the same time, large-scale land deals for wind parks and solar farms take place in the context of global climate action. In addition, millions of hectares of land are required to meet the projected biological carbon removal in climate pledges and commitments. Such large-scale projects have detrimental impacts for indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC).
These groups often rely on ecosystem-based approaches to agriculture such as agroecology that strengthen the resilience of food systems while supporting biodiversity, food security, nutrition and livelihoods. Given this they should be recognized and supported as partners to mitigating and adapting to climate change and for protecting biodiversity. Secure land tenure rights are key to support their food systems and livelihoods and to protect their land from increasing demand for climate mitigation. To avoid “green grabbing” but achieve a “just transition” the side event will raise awareness for the scale of the problem, present evidence about the contribution of these communities in tackling climate change, highlight lessons learned from the “global land rush” and discuss the role of strengthening international frameworks and land tenure rights.
Date: 27 October 2023
Time: 8:30 - 9:45 (CET)
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Moderator: Jann Lay (German Institute for Global and Area Studies/Land Matrix Initiative)