Thursday, April 23, 2009

Indigenous People's Global Summit - Thursday - Panel Foundations and Donor Community

I'm finally getting into synch here and figuring out how to report this with both my fingers at the computer and the still and video pictures. I'll try to get a little of what people say up right away. This snippets do NOT represent all they say, just parts I could capture. I'll try to add pictures and possibly video later.

Kristen Walker Painemilla, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples, Program, Conservation International
Deborah Williams, President of Alaska Conservation Solutions
Jenny Springer, World Wildlife Foundation
Doug McGuire, Mountain Partnership

They were asked to talk about their organizations' goals, their work with indigenous peoples, and their recommendations for the declaration.

Kristen spoke about the goals of Conservation International and their interest is doing more with and for indigenous peoples.

Debora Williams, working on climate change for the last decade and working with indigenous people has been a great pleasure. Climate change is the biggest problem facing us today. Climate change represents a fundamental human rights violation for most indigenous peoples.

Jenny Springer,
  • Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately affected by climate change
  • Indigenous Peoples have critical roles to play in climate change solutions - traditional knowledge, practices, institutions
  • Actions to address climate change can have negative impacts on indigenous peoples - need to prevent these

Doug McGuire,

Mountains are home for some of the poorest people in the world. Of the 1 Billion hungry people in the world, one-third live in mountains, though they represent only 12% of the world's population. All our water comes from mountains.

Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change (click link for all the posts on the summit)

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