Indigenous Peoples forests governance: a fundamental strategy in preserving forests and reducing carbon emissions

Organisers:  Ford Foundation, the Tenure Facility,  the Land Portal and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 9:00-10:30 AM EST (3:00-4:30 PM CET)

Where: online, please register here.

Join the Ford Foundation, the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility and the Thomson Reuters Foundation for a webinar on April 22nd, Earth Day. This webinar will provide an opportunity to review the report “Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples” by FAO and FILAC, and its main arguments. It will discuss how governments can move forward formal recognition of territorial rights to indigenous and tribal territories and their forests that have yet to receive such recognition while reaching agreement with Indigenous and tribal traditional authorities about rules related to territorial planning and forest management, as well as coordinate actions to ensure those rules are respected. It will also debate how global and national plans for preventing deforestation, forest degradation and carbon emissions on Indigenous and tribal territories should ensure safe living conditions and channel new investments to support traditional livelihoods.

This webinar will be a 90 minute session which will include a panel discussion and presentation and a Q&A with the audience. The webinar will be conducted in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

This event is the first one of a series of webinars organised under Land Dialogues, a Tenure Facility, Land Portal, Ford Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation initiative promoting the importance of recognizing legal ownership of Indigenous Peoples and local communities land rights as a prerequisite for achieving national and international goals for forest governance, food security, climate mitigation, economic development, and human rights.


Zoe Tabary

Property Rights Editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation


Dr. Myrna Cunningham

A leading indigenous authority on women’s rights, Chair of the Board of the Tenure Facility and Chair of the guiding committee of the Pawanka Fund.

David Kaimowitz

FAO Senior consultant and specialist in social inclusion and sustainable management of natural capital, and author of the report.

Silvana Baldovino

Director of the Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity Program of the Peruvian Environmental Law Society (SPDA) and a member of the Forest and Wildlife Tribunal of the Forest Resources and Wildlife Supervision Agency

Carlos Enrique Espinosa Peña

Carlos has worked for 15 years as a Forestry Specialist, Conservation and Governance Coordinator, and leader of the WWF Office in Panama and has 33 years of experience in community forestry and territorial governance.

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