Indigenous peoples must be part of climate solution

05 October 2009 | News story

IUCN Daily Media Statement:   Climate change impacts are already a realitiy for indigenous peoples. In many cases, their very survival is put at risk. High dependence on nature, the occupation of marginal lands, and a fragile situation in socio-economic and political terms make indigenous peoples especially vulnerable to climate change and extreme natural phenomena.

“Decision-makers should listen to, recognize, respect, and address the perspectives and rights of indigenous peoples in the international negotiations,” says Annelie Fincke, IUCN’s focal point on climate change and indigenous peoples. “This should also carry through to national and local levels.”

Spokespersons• Ninni Ikkala, IUCN’s Climate Change Coordinator, ninni.ikkala@iucn.org
• Carole Saint-Laurent, IUCN Senior Forest Policy Advisor, carsaintl@bellnet.ca

Media team:
• Brian Thomson, Media Relations Manager, +668 0446 3563 m +41 79 528 3486, e brian.thomson@iucn.org
• Minna Epps, Media Relations Officer, m +668 7082 3331, e minna@iucnt.org