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April 22nd, 2021 | 9:00AM-10:30AM EST - 3:00-4:30 CEST

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Colleagues joined 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 provided an opportunity to review the report “Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples” by FAO and FILAC, and its main arguments. It discussed 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 also sparked debate on 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 was a 90 minute session which included a panel discussion and presentation and a Q&A with the audience. The webinar took place in English and was simultaneously interpreted to Spanish, French and Portuguese.

This event was the first of a series of webinars organised under the “Land Dialogues”series, 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, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Zoe Tabary
Thomson Reuters 




David Kaimowitz, Senior Advisor, Climate and Land Use Alliance




Dr. Myrna Cunningham, FILAC



Silvana Baldovino, Peruvian Environmental Law Society (SPDA)



Carlos Enrique Espinosa Peña - Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá



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