Forests rights and resources dialogue draws 100 participants in Lima

30 October 2014

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) hosted its 16th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, in partnership with Instituto Bien del Común (IBC). The event was organized under the theme ‘Investments, Communities and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities.'

The RRI Dialogue, which took place on 30 October 2014, in Lima, Peru, brought together over 100 representatives from governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations who engaged in discussions on: overlapping rights, drivers of deforestation and investments; safeguards, standards and climate change; protecting rights and forests in the context of climate change; and the way forward, including new approaches and a broader vision towards the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

On overlapping rights, drivers of deforestation and investments, panellists highlighted, inter alia, the growing attention to forests stemming from increasing demands for resources, the effect of overlapping tenure claims on feelings of insecurity, and the importance of establishing dialogue spaces. A report by the Munden Project, titled ‘Communities as Counterparties: Preliminary Review of Concessions and Conflict in Emerging and Frontier Markets,' launched during the session, establishes that indigenous and local communities inhabit over 90% of resource concessions issued in key tropical countries.

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