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Elifuraha Laltaika,
Former Indigenous Peoples Representative to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board
Stakeholder Engagement

Approximately 70 million Indigenous Peoples depend on forests for their livelihoods and another 350 million rural people reside in or near them. Many of these communities have long-standing relationships with forested land and have customary rights that are legally recognized.

The active involvement of Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities in forest management produces positive results, such as lower rates of deforestation.

However, Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities are often disproportionately impacted by ecosystem degradation, and these groups, despite being rights holders, often lack political power and voice.

In order to uphold basic human rights and to increase the success of REDD+, it is imperative to enable these groups to participate in REDD+ decision-making at the local, national and international levels. The UN-REDD Programme has a specific focus on Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, while also encouraging broader multi-stakeholder processes.

The UN-REDD Programme supports a number of different activity areas in support of this goal at the Global and at the National level. The UN-REDD Programme also works closely with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to ensure harmonization of approaches.