Indigenous Peoples Reject Market-based Mechanisms

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The International Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to the Climate Crisis was held from November 4-9, 2010, in Baguio City, Philippines. Participants released a declaration of solidarity (viewed here), which criticizes the “false solutions” proposed by market-based mechanisms such as REDD and demanded respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights in addressing the climate crisis. It says, “The root problems of the enormous problems we face today is the system which puts profits before people and the planet… A genuinely sustainable and comprehensive solution to the climate crisis lies in a fundamental shift towards people’s sovereignty over our shared heritage.”

Seventy-six Indigenous peoples representatives from 15 countries attended the conference, which was organized by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Land is Life, IBON International, Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network, and the People’s Movement on Climate Change.

21 November 2010

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