19 Apr.

Side event to showcase community-based solutions at US Climate Action Week

Indigenous and local communities leaders from Latin America, Indonesia and Africa in a virtual event on April 20 to reveal urgent need for recognition of land rights and funding of community-based solutions



The event is part of the US Climate Action Week, happening in parallel to the US Leaders Summit on Climate. 


As an alliance representing forest peoples in 18 countries and 400 million ha of tropical forests, indigenous and local communities from the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Mesoamerica, Indonesia and Democratic Republic of Congo will introduce the promise of “community-based solutions” in addressing deforestation and the related dangers associated with disturbing nature, including the emergence of potentially dangerous pathogens. 

The participants will react to a first exposé that will present the report “Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples” by FAO and FILAC and its findings, on the importance of recognizing rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the conservation of tropical forests. Each participant, representative of a regional bloc of indigenous peoples and local communities, will comment on whether the situation described in the report is consistent with the situation in their country. In a second round of reactions, they will provide examples on how communities are part of the solution to climate change. 

Numerous scientific studies show that Indigenous peoples and local communities are the best guardians of forests—front-line partners in mitigating global warming and also in preventing the environmental damage that makes it more likely that dangerous viruses will emerge from nature and spread to humans.

Despite this evidence, financing for conservation of the world’s only existing, affordable, safe and large-scale solution to carbon capture and storage rarely reaches forest communities. Instead, systems for financing climate solutions work exclusively through national governments, multinational development banks and major NGOs.

The event will also be live streamed via the Guardians of the Forest Facebook page.



WHAT: Climate Week Event organized by the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities


WHEN: Tuesday, April 20 2021, at 09:00 EDT//14:00 BST.


WHERE: Register here



  • Tuntiak Katan, General Coordinator, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities and Vice-Coordinator of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations from the Amazon Basin (COICA), Ecuador

  • Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary-General, Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia

  • Levi Sucre, Coordinator, Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), Costa Rica

  • Sonia Guajajara, Executive Coordinator, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) , Brazil

  • Diel Mochire, from the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC)

  • Andrea Carmen, Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and Co-chair of the UNFCCC LCIPP Facilitative Working Group

  • David Kaimowitz, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) senior consultant

  • Andrew Revkin, The Earth Institute, Columbia University (moderator)