Indigenous Peoples and local communities Land Rights at COP26

The ongoing COP26 – the 26th UN Climate COP, is taking place during the beginning of November 2021 in Glasgow. The summit is bringing parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Tenure Facility will be present throughout the summit, bringing forth the stories of partners who are working towards securing their ancestral territories for a more equitable and sustainable future for both people and the environment.


Join the Tenure Facility at COP26, placing Indigenous Peoples and local communities land rights at the centre of the climate change dialogues:


2/11 The Nature’s Newsroom Broadcast

Time: 1545 – 1700 GMT

Place: Blue Zone, or virtual for key guests not at COP26

The Nature’s Newsroom hosts an interview panel, featuring 3-6 experts on preventing pandemics at the source.


2/11 Actions on Forest and Land Use

Time: 0915-1300 GMT

Place: Blue Zone

The ‘Action on Forests and Land Use’ event will convene government and non-government leaders to raise ambition on forests and land use, in a way that delivers for the climate, people, economic development and biodiversity.

Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use


3/11 Voices from the Forest: A Film Showcase For People and Forests.

Time: 1500-1700 GMT

Place: UNFCC Green Zone

The Environmental Investigation Agency, If Not Us Then Who and Rainforest Foundation UK, along with Kaoem Telapak and the Tenure Facility, present a showcase of short films highlighting the role local communities play in forest protection, and the urgent need to include them as partners to protect the threatened forests of the world.

Voices from the Forest: A Film Showcase For People and Forests


4/11 Partnership or Criminalization: Implications of the 30/30 Conservation Target to Indigenous Peoples

Time: 1505-1620 GMT

Place: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion – BLUE ZONE

How to prevent the criminalization of indigenous peoples and ensure the protection and exercise of their rights in conservation efforts to reach the 30/30 Target


4/11 Community Land Scotland panel discussion

Time: 16:00 – 17:30 GMT

Place: CCA Our Village


7/11 Culture matters – protecting the protectors

Time: 1220-1400 GMT

Place: Nature Bar


7/11 Making Climate Finance Work for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities:  Securing Safeguards and Direct Climate Financing

Time: 1515 – 1645 GMT

Place: Senate Room, Glasgow University

Join a discussion between Indigenous leaders who support a new perspective in the climate financing architecture that can directly support Indigenous Peoples and local communities, as part of the Global Landscapes Forum agenda.


7/11 Closing plenary

Time: 1815 – 1900 GMT

Place: Glasgow University


8/11 Carbon finance panel, RECOFTC

Time: TBD

Place: Glasgow University


9/11 COP 26 Ministerial Roundtable Proposal: Preventing Pandemics at the Source with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Time: 18:15 – 19: 45 GMT

Place: GEF Pavilion, Blue Zone

Humanity faces multiple existential crises including a climate emergency and increasing emergence of deadly pandemics. Global leaders, health and environment actors must join forces, for people and planet, and invest in protecting nature. Join the Preventing Pandemics roundtable to learn more.


10/11 Securing land and territorial rights of indigenous peoples and local communities for Climate Change adaptation and resilience  

Time: 0900 GMT

Place: IFAD Pavilion, Blue Zone

The event – developed in the frame of the IFAD-ILC partnership Land Tenure Security for Rural Prosperity and Resilience – will hear the voices of rights-holders as it defines the roles of local communities in contributing to climate change adaptation and ecosystem’s restoration. 



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