Indigenous Peoples and Local Governments

The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) is a subnational alliance of 35 states and provinces around the world that are leading fight against climate change by building robust jurisdictional programs to protect forests while enhancing rural livelihoods.
From September 25-29, 2017, the GCF will convene its members in Balikpapan, Indonesia for a week-long meeting where the GCF governors are expected to take a strong, unified stance through the Balikpapkan Challenge, which outlines a roadmap for regional-to-global actions to curb deforestation, promote low-carbon development, and address climate change.
One of the main initiatives of the Balikpapan Challenge is to work together with indigenous peoples and traditional communities to protect their rights and livelihoods, and to directly involve them in forest governance and low-carbon development strategies. In this video, Indigenous and local government leaders share their hopes for a collaborative partnership that helps strengthen and amplify efforts in the fight against deforestation and climate change.
Learn more about the GCF’s Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Working Group in our recent blog.
Video credit: Matt Colaciello, multimedia storyteller, The Global Workshop.