Land Titling, Food Sovereignty and Climate Change in DGM Projects

Land Titling, Food Sovereignty and Climate Change in DGM Projects

In honor of International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on August 9, we will be sharing a series of three DGM Global blogs, highlighting experiences from the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM).

Using Earth Observation for Community-led Land Management

In June 2018, DGM Global was fortunate to have the participation of the Earth Observation for Indigenous-led Land Management (EO4IM) team at its Americas Exchange in Junin, Peru. The following post was written by the EO4IM team about its experiences at the event.

By: Karyn Tabor

 Women in the Palomar community review a cultural map created by the Suri indigenous community in Brazil to digitally record their people's cultural and ecological knowledge.

Women in the Palomar community review a cultural map created by the Suri indigenous community in Brazil to digitally record their people's cultural and ecological knowledge.

Launched in April of 2018, Earth Observation for Indigenous-led Land Management (EO4IM) is a NASA-funded project being implemented by a team from Conservation International (CI). The project’s objective is to strengthen the technical capacities of indigenous organizations in the Americas – and globally through alignment with the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM)to harness the power of earth observation (EO) for enhanced sustainable land management.

Aligned with the ongoing AmeriGEOSS program of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the EO4IM initiative will increase regional capacity for sustainable land use decisions and data infrastructure by promoting EO data, tools and web platforms. The EO4IM team conducted its first remote sensing capacity building during the DGM Americas Regional Exchange in Junín, Peru.

The EO4IM team at the Exchange consisted of Karyn Tabor, Jenny Hewson, and Eddy Mendoza from Conservation International, as well as Dr. Cindy Schmidt of NASA. They led several technical sessions at the Exchange, introducing the participating community representatives to a range of remote sensing tools and data products available for forest monitoring and land management. The team focused on free tools that were readily accessible and thematically focused around fire and forest monitoring, illegal extractives, land tenure, and tourism.

 EO4IM team member, Eddy Mendoza (CI Peru), shows maps of deforestation detected by satellites to the Palomar community.

EO4IM team member, Eddy Mendoza (CI Peru), shows maps of deforestation detected by satellites to the Palomar community.

The team identified several highlights from the trip:

  1. Meeting with indigenous communities. The team met with three indigenous communities in Junin. In the Palomar community, they shared printed maps of deforestation detected by satellites over the last fourteen years. The community members were very interested in the maps and explained how settlers have repeatedly encroached on their lands. The deforestation caused by these settlers threatens the biodiversity the community values for its cultural and spiritual significance. The community members also shared their concerns about the water pollution resulting from soil erosion from deforestation. They noted that the remote sensing data would be helpful for showing these illegal settlements to the government and hopefully encouraging the government to take action.
  2. Working with the DGM Global team. The exchange featured 25 representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities from nine Latin American countries and Indonesia. This was the EO4IM team's first opportunity to see DGM Global in action, and seeing the level of effort involved in implementing such an event in a remote location was a highlight for the team.
  3. Learning from the participants. While the EO4IM team was invited to share its technical expertise with the participants, the Exchange was a very reciprocal learning opportunity, as the team was able to learn from teh community representatives and understand more fully their challenges and successes with land management. The successful incorporation of indigenous rights and the preservation of indigenous lands and heritage require a multi-faceted approach of policy development, legal representation, cultural awareness, capacity building, political will, and monitoring technologies and tools. One of the core purposes of the DGM exchanges is to bring together people with all of these skills, experiences,a nd knowledge to advance positive social and environmental change.

Americas Exchange 2018 - Junín, Peru

From June 11-15, DGM Global held its second annual Americas Regional Exchange in Junín, Peru. In total, the exchange featured 25 key representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) from 10 countries, including one from Indonesia, whose participation helped promote cross-regional exchange and learning. Seven of these participants (28%) were women. It was a pleasure to work with this group, among whom were experts in forestry, community forest management, lands rights and tenure, mapping, economics, food security, and natural resource management.

Exchange participants posing for a group photo with members of the Palomar native community

Beyond these participants, the Exchange included guests from WWF, Rainforest Alliance, Centro de Agricultura Alternativa do Norte de Minas (CAA/NM), and Samdhana Institute, who are implementing DGM country projects in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia. They joined the exchange to share an additional perspective on the context and DGM activities in their respective countries and to learn more about DGM Peru in order to enhance their own projects.

The event was also supported by the Earth Observation for Indigenous-led Land Management (EO4IM) project, which is being implemented by Conservation International with funding from NASA. The project team joined the exchange to share their knowledge around remote sensing and mapping. They worked with the exchange participants and the communities visited to demonstrate how free online tools and resources could strengthen their land and forest management efforts.

DGM Peru shared its progress to date, particularly its work on legal recognition and land titling for native communities. They noted that these legal processes are very technical and bureaucratic, but they emphasized that the DGM was making progress much more quickly than any previous efforts, which have been underway for decades. Beyond this overview, representatives of regional IPLC organizations gave specific updates on the subprojects they were implementing with DGM Peru funding. They emphasized their close coordination with the beneficiary communities of their subprojects to avoid misunderstandings and disruptions in the future and reported that the communities have been very engaged in these processes.

The exchange featured additional presentations from each of the DGM countries represented, as well as the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Abya Yala Indigenous Forum, and the Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana. Each of these presentations highlighted the importance of close collaboration with communities and ensuring active community engagement in any interventions tied to forests or land tenure.

On June 13-14, exchange participants visited three native communities to learn firsthand how these communities manage their forests and natural resources sustainably and how they have strengthened themselves with the support of DGM Peru. For the first time at a DGM exchange, all of the communities visited were actively involved in the implementation of DGM subprojects.

On the first day of field visits, participants visited the Ashaninka native community of Pampa Michi. This community is represented by the Regional Association of Indigenous Peoples of Selva Central (ARPI-SC) and nationally by the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP), which is one of the two organizations that make up the DGM Peru National Steering Committee (NSC). Pampa Michi’s economy is dependent on tourism, through which the community members share their culture, sell their crafts, and more. With support from DGM Peru and ARPI-SC, Pampa Michi is strengthening its capacity for tourism by constructing a community house, an animal breeding farm, and a community tourism center.

Leaders from the Pampa Michi native community and ARPI-SC explaining the subproject they are implementing with support from DGM Peru

The next day, participants visited two more Ashaninka communities receiving support through DGM Peru: Chontakiari and Palomar. Both communities are represented by Central Ashaninka of Rio Tambo (CART), which is represented nationally by the Confederation of Amazonian Nationalities of Peru (CONAP), which is the other organization on DGM Peru’s National Steering Committee. These communities were more remote, requiring a caravan of a dozen pickup trucks and a ferry ride across the Perené River, but the participants received a warm welcome when they arrived at each community. Chontakiari is seeking legal recognition as a community with support from DGM Peru. They explained that all the requirements for recognition had now been met and they would soon hold a recognition ceremony. Palomar has already achieved this legal recognition, but they don’t yet have titles for their lands. DGM Peru, CONAP, and CART are supporting them with this effort. During this field visit, the EO4IM team also had an opportunity to sit down with the Palomar community to review maps showing deforestation in the region and discuss opportunities for strengthened land management through remote sensing and earth observation data. The community members expressed great interest in the maps, and with continued support from CART and CONAP, they may have opportunities to build this capacity going forward.

Participants boarding a ferry to cross the Perené River and visit the native communities of Chontakiari and Palomar

Overall, the Americas Exchange participants found the experience very beneficial, with over 90% of participants reporting a greater understanding of the DGM at the global level and in Peru, legal recognition and land titling processes in Peru, and the use of earth observation data and remote sensing. Over 60% also reported a greater understanding of community forest management and policy engagement opportunities related to indigenous peoples, forests, and climate. In general, the participants most appreciated the opportunity to share experiences with their fellow indigenous peoples and local communities from other countries.

Fourth Annual DGM Global Steering Committee Meeting – April 23-25, 2018

The DGM Global Steering Committee (GSC) is preparing to gather in Arlington, Virginia for the Fourth Annual GSC Meeting! During this meeting, the GSC will decide on the DGM Global project workplan and budget for the fourth year of the project. GSC members will also share the DGM’s progress in their respective countries and provide strategic guidance on important aspects of the DGM Global project, including communications, grievance redress, and potential changes to the project’s results framework.

 Members of the Global Steering Committee, together with key partners, gathered for the Third Annual GSC Meeting in Brasilia in April 2017 - Photo: DGM Global

Members of the Global Steering Committee, together with key partners, gathered for the Third Annual GSC Meeting in Brasilia in April 2017 - Photo: DGM Global

Through their participation in global and national steering committees, representatives of Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) direct all aspects of the DGM, with support from global and national executing agencies. The GSC is composed of one member from each of the operational National Steering Committees (Brazil, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, and the Republic of the Congo), as well as one representative of a country outside the Forest Investment Program (Philippines).

Keep an eye on the DGM Global website and Facebook and Twitter accounts for more updates throughout the meeting.

Culture, Livelihoods, and Participation of Indigenous Peoples to be Supported and Enhanced, Thanks to Newly Adopted Green Climate Fund Indigenous Peoples Policy

 Daughter of the Ammatoa poses for a photo in the Ammatoa Kajang indigenous community during the DGM Asia Regional Exchange in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Phnom Thano

Daughter of the Ammatoa poses for a photo in the Ammatoa Kajang indigenous community during the DGM Asia Regional Exchange in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Phnom Thano

The DGM Global Steering Committee and Global Executing Agency are thrilled to congratulate indigenous peoples and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) on the adoption of the GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy (GCF/B.19/05). During the GCF’s Board Meeting in Songdo, South Korea this week, one of the major priorities of indigenous peoples was the adoption of the Indigenous Peoples Policy. The policy was adopted this morning, February 27, with no questions or objections. A video of the policy's adoption is available through the GCF website, and a transcript is below:

"Inasmuch as this issue has been dealt with through 70 submissions from the Board and from civil society entities and has received the opinions of 180 indigenous peoples organizations and inasmuch as there were two rounds of public consultations and one round of consultation with the Board, it is clear that this policy is quite mature and we would like to place it before the board for your adoption if there are no objections. Are there objections to approving this policy? (pause) It is approved." - Paul Oquist, GCF Co-Chair

This policy has been a priority for indigenous peoples since the GCF's formation in 2010 and will support their access to and equitable benefits from climate finance, as well as their engagement in climate change policy and actions at the global level, a commitment that has already been recognized by the Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Forest-dependent communities are on the frontlines of nature-based solutions to climate change, but they are too often left out of conversations and decision-making tied to sustainable forestry and climate action. The rationale for the policy asserts that, "[i]n many cases, [Indigenous Peoples] do not receive equitable access to project benefits, or benefits are not devised or delivered in a form that is culturally appropriate, and they are not always adequately consulted about the design or implementation of activities that would profoundly affect their lives or communities." The policy will ensure that GCF activities are developed and implemented in a way that respects, protects, and promotes indigenous peoples' dignity, rights, identities, aspirations, livelihoods, and cultures. Indigenous peoples representatives have already expressed what this means and what they hope this policy implementation will unlock for them. We too are hopeful as to where this step will lead us in our efforts to enhance the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities.

In October 2017, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved an additional investment of $500 million that will enhance nature’s role in fighting climate change. These funds will be dedicated to paying countries for verified emission reductions from REDD+ actions and will provide an important signal to countries that restoring and maintaining their forests and mangroves generates financial benefits. This outcome unlocks a new source of finance for REDD+ activities that have achieved results and will advance the role of forests in delivering on global climate and sustainable development goals. As indigenous peoples have been strongly engaged in REDD+ activities, the Indigenous Peoples Policy will guarantee that their rights are taken into consideration in these forest focused mechanisms.

About the Green Climate Fund

The mandate of the GCF is to promote low-emission and climate resilient development in eligible developing countries with a strategic vision of “promoting the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways” and “supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement within the evolving climate finance landscape.” GCF accredited entities represent a diversity of national, regional, private, non-governmental and international organizations from all over the world that can operate at various levels of scale and undertake a range of financial instruments

About the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

The Dedicated Granted Mechanism is an innovative grant program for fighting forest loss that is putting project design and funding decisions in the hands of indigenous peoples and local communities, giving them the power to set priorities and implement programs aimed at conserving their natural environment. Conceived and designed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and funded by the global community through the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) provides the resources to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities that will enable them to strengthen their participation in the FIP and other REDD+ processes.


Draft (Adopted) of the new GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy

Video – Adoption of the GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy

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DGM Brasil National Steering Committee elects new coordination!

The election was held during the first meeting of the Committee, on February 1st and 2nd, 2018, which marked the beginning of the project activities in 2018.
On February 1st and 2nd, indigenous, quilombolas and traditional communities representatives of the National Steering Committee (NSC), as well as members of the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and the National Indian Foundation (Funai), met with the key and administrative teams of DGM Brasil, at the World Bank headquarter in Brasilia.

During the meeting, the members of the NSC were updated and the coordinators were elected for the 2018/2020 biennium. The indigenous Srewe Xerente and the quilombola Lucely Morais Pio, who took over the coordination and vice-coordination, previously held positions by the indigenous João Nonoy Krikati and the babaçu coconut breaker Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima (2016/2018), respectively.

For Lucely, leadership of the Comunidade Quilombola do Cedro and representative of the Articulação Pacari de Plantas Medicinais do Cerrado, the moment demands the union of forces: "Let us fight and work together, join hands and do a good job, because the idea is to move forward with the projects and seek resources so that DGM Brasil can continue after 2020 ".

Srewe, who is also a representative of the União Indígena Xerente (UNIX), had similar sentiments, stating that: "The Committee needs to be more and more concerned with strengthening public policies, especially those related to the environment, and how to attract more resources for the conservation of our Cerrado biome. I believe that many here are already thinking further, because DGM can not rely solely on this donation (World Bank)".

At the opportunity, the 2018/2019 Work Plan was presented, discussed and approved by the NSC, which also sought to articulate strategies for participation in important national and international agendas.

Source: DGM Brasil, Paula Lanza 


 The indigenous Srewe Xerente and the quilombola Lucely Morais Pio, have been elected to lead and coordinate the National Steering Committee of DGM Brazil.

The indigenous Srewe Xerente and the quilombola Lucely Morais Pio, have been elected to lead and coordinate the National Steering Committee of DGM Brazil.

DGM Ghana Announces Okyeame Kwame as Climate Change Ambassador

On January 24, Solidaridad West Africa, the National Executing Agency for the DGM Ghana project, announced Okyeame Kwame as its Climate Change Ambassador. Okyeame Kwame is a talented Ghanaian musician who has been inspiring creative difference since 1997 when he debuted onto the Ghana music scene.

Solidaridad's Regional Director, Isaac Gyamfi, said Okyeame Kwame will help drum home the impact of climate change and hopefully move the public to take responsible action to fight the global phenomenon. He will also be instrumental in developing appropriate jingles to educate the public, engage with media and reach out to school children and communities on land use and climate change. “Climate change actually affects everybody, and it should be the concern of all to take appropriate actions toward its fight”, said Mr. Gyamfi.

On his part, Okyeame Kwame expressed his appreciation to Solidaridad for the opportunity he has been given to support the fight against climate change. He said climate change, if left unchecked, could wreak havoc on the livelihoods of poor farmers as it alters rainfall and impacts crop yields. He bemoaned the current rate of deforestation and forest degradation in Ghana and called on the media to spotlight this phenomenon as it threatens human survival. 

Mr. Hayford Duodu, the Chairman of DGM Ghana's National Steering Committee, expressed optimism about Okyeame Kwame’s ability to make a difference in the fight against climate change, noting that the artist's popularity in local communities would boost climate awareness and make a meaningful impact.

Ms. Suzan Yemidi, Country Representative of Solidaridad Ghana, commended Okyeame Kwame for his selfless interest in climate awareness, offering his support on a pro bono basis. She extolled the artist’s respected brand and image and hoped that it could help bring about critical change in halting deforestation and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

SOURCE: Bossman Owusu, Solidaridad West Africa

DGM Brazil's National Level Exchange

From December 11th to 13th, representatives of 16 subprojects selected in the first call for proposals of DGM Brazil participated in an exchange of experiences with market-oriented projects. On the first day, they learned about the work of the Central do Cerrado (Brasília - DF), established by 35 community organizations - from the states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Pará, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso and Goiás - that develop productive activities based on the sustainable use of sociobiodiversity of the Cerrado biome. The work developed allows the connection between community producers and consumers, offering products for restaurants, small markets and delicatessen, as well as cocktails, finger food and snacks for events.

Also on the 11th, in the afternoon, they visited the production space of Coopafama, one of the organizations associated with the Central do Cerrado, located in the settlement Colônia I, in the municipality of Padre Bernardo (Goiás State). Coopafama works with organic agriculture, handicrafts and the production of the delicacies offered in the ecosocial cocktails of the Central do Cerrado, such as jams, pastries and cakes made with products from the socio-biodiversity of the Cerrado biome. It is made up of two distinct groups: the Grupo Vida e Preservação (men) and the Grupo Sabor do Cerrado (women), which presented the production process, the collective work in the settlement, the main challenges and the relationship within the cooperative.

On Tuesday (December 12th), the subprojects got to know the work carried out by Copabase, in the city of Arinos (Minas Gerais State), in the Rio Urucuia Valley. The cooperative is dedicated to family farming and solidarity economy, attending the municipalities of Bonfinópolis de Minas, Buritis, Formoso, Pintópolis, Riachinho, Urucuia and Uruana de Minas. To see the work that is carried out "at the edge", in the afternoon, the group went to the Carlos Lamarca settlement in Uruana de Minas. There they visited the productive yard of the Dona Cleide and were enchanted with the crozé craft in line dyed with substances extracted from plants of the Cerrado biome. On the last day of the exchange (December 13th), the representatives of the subprojects learned about the crafts of Central Veredas (, a cooperative member of Copabase.


Paula Lanza

Centro de Agricultura Alternativa do Norte de Minas - CAA/NM

 Group photo for the exchange!  Photo credit: CAA

Group photo for the exchange!

Photo credit: CAA

Community Representatives Receive Training to Fight Climate Change

Sixteen members of the National Steering Committee (NSC) and project officers of the Ghana-Dedicated Grant Mechanism (G-DGM) project have completed a five-day intensive training programme on climate change and REDD+ from 27 November to December 1, 2017. The training happened on the flanks of the second NSC meeting held in Kumasi.

The goal was to increase communities’ understanding of the linkage between their current activities and climate change, gain an appreciation of climate-smart activities and the G-DGM project as well as share and apply the knowledge in their practices. 

“I attended this training with little understanding of the project and climate change”, says Grace Pokuaa, an NSC member from the Nkoranza District. “But now, I have learned that indiscriminate tree felling contributes to climate change and adversely affects crop production.”

The G-DGM seeks to promote the inclusion of 51 forest dependent communities in policy formulation and initiatives that seek to reduce deforestation and degradation. This is done through awareness creation, training in climate change and REDD+, and the provision of sub-grants to local communities for promoting adaptive and coping livelihoods, sustainable management of natural resources and to increase their capacity to adapt to climate change.

The project is unique in that it gives oversight responsibility to community representatives who constitute the National Steering Committee. With their role in reviewing work plans, community proposals and progress of activities, and promoting learning among stakeholders in communities, members of the NSC contribute to successful project outcomes that promote sustainable forest management.

“The training is an eye-opener for me, and I resolve to share the knowledge I have acquired on climate change and the DGM project with members of my community and others I represent on the National Steering Committee”, says Hayford Duodu, Chairman of the NSC.

Solidaridad West Africa is the National Executing Agency of the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism, funded by the World Bank. By 2022, the project seeks to sensitize more than 11,000 adults on climate change and REDD+ and strengthen sustainable practices among forest reliant communities.

Author: : Bossman Owusu, DGM Ghana NEA, Solidaridad

 Photo credit: Bossman Owusu 

Photo credit: Bossman Owusu 

MozDGM Approved by the World Bank

The DGM Global team is excited to share an update on DGM Mozambique (MozDGM), which received approval from the World Bank Board on Wednesday, December 6. This is a big accomplishment and a necessary step to begin project implementation.

Like the other country projects, MozDGM has been designed to support the specific needs and priorities of Mozambique’s local communities. Mozambique has several laws and policies allowing for community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), but there has been limited promotion of these opportunities, and the country's local communities have lacked representation in national-level policy making. MozDGM will strengthen the capacity of communities and community-based organizations (CBOs) in the targeted regions of Zambézia and Cabo Delgado to participate in CBNRM and key policy-making opportunities. MozDGM will also provide financial and technical support for CBO-led subprojects, focusing on agriculture, forest-related value chains and restoration, nature-based tourism, and fishery-related value chains.

 The National Steering Committee of MozDGM had its first meeting in Nampula in April 2017. Photo Credit: DGM Mozambique

The National Steering Committee of MozDGM had its first meeting in Nampula in April 2017. Photo Credit: DGM Mozambique

The structure of MozDGM mirrors that of the other DGM projects, with a National Steering Committee (NSC) providing leadership and oversight and a National Executing Agency (NEA) implementing project activities. WWF Mozambique was selected as MozDGM’s NEA in August, and it will now be working in coordination with the NSC members to prepare for the project’s official launch, which will take place during the National Community-Based Natural Resource Management Conference in February 2018.

DGM Global congratulates the MozDGM team on this accomplishment and looks forward to an ongoing partnership in support of the project’s goals.


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DGM Ghana holds 2nd NSC Training Meeting!

This past week, from November 27th to December 1st, The National Executing Agency (Solidaridad Network) for the Ghana Country Project held their 2nd National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting and technical training for DGM Field Officers and NSC Members. The training took place in the Noda Hotel in Kumasi, Ghana and welcomed 13 NSC members (11 men and 2 women) that came from different regions of Ghana. The training provided a space for the NSC members to express their questions and comments regarding the DGM grant manual, build towards consensus on the NSC governance structure, and discuss the roles and expectations of NSC members in the implementation of the DGM. The expected outcome of this training is that NSC’s will gain a better understanding of the NEA as a resource, community engagement and project facilitation at the community level, the procedure for project appraisals, and the progress and next steps for DGM Ghana. Furthermore, a portion of the training will be dedicated to training the NSC and opening the workshop for discussion on the value of gender inclusion in the DGM project, the national and international context and frameworks for climate change and REDD+, climate impact and vulnerability of local communities, and the DGM’s strategy for communication and training. Based off what they have learned from the training and discussions, the NSC members will then have the opportunity to use their time together to work collaboratively on designing new regional operational strategies for implementation. A more detailed update on the outcome of training will be made available next week. Stay tuned!

Agenda is attached. 

 Photo credit by Hayford Duodu 

Photo credit by Hayford Duodu 

Posted by Melanie Allen 

Advancing IPLC Priorities at COP 23

From November 1-3, the DGM held its 2nd Annual Global Exchange in Bonn, Germany. The exchange was designed specifically to support the effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in the upcoming 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

To better understand the priorities of the participants, the DGM team asked them to identify the outcomes they hoped to achieve through enhanced IPLC participation in COP 23 and future UNFCCC processes and events. Here are a few of their responses:

  • Support the implementation of the Paris Agreement in accordance with IPLC priorities
  • Support the implementation of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform for knowledge exchange
  • Support the full and effective participation of IPLCs in climate action
  • Support policies that improve quality of life for IPLCs worldwide
  • Support sustainable forest management
  • Promote respect for the rights of IPLCs in relation to climate action
  • Ensure that IPLC contributions are reflected in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions
  • Increase recognition of the role of IPLCs in climate action
  • Learn how to engage with climate action and climate finance more effectively
  • Learn more about negotiations and how to encourage greater IPLC participation

Over the next two weeks at COP 23, these IPLC leaders will be engaging with key decision-makers at national and international scales to advance these priorities, and the DGM will provide ongoing support and coordination. For a list of events in which the DGM will be participating, please visit, and for the latest updates, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 IPLC leaders gathered for the DGM Global Exchange to discuss climate policy and prepare for COP 23. Photo Credit: DGM Global

IPLC leaders gathered for the DGM Global Exchange to discuss climate policy and prepare for COP 23. Photo Credit: DGM Global

DGM Brazil holds a seminar on REDD+ and Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities

The main objective of a seminar held by DGM Brazil, between October 18 and 20, 2017, in Brasilia, is to include Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas and Traditional Communities in the debate on the national strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Forest Carbon Stocks, Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Carbon Stocks (REED+).

The round tables, lectures and debates focus on the definition of REDD+, governmental and non-governmental public policies for the promotion of REDD+ in Brazil and in the world, REDD+ experiences supported by the Fundo Amazônia, risks and opportunities of the Voluntary Carbon Market, the REDD+ calculation of the Cerrado, ways of accessing REDD+ resources, and REDD+ challenges and opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas and Traditional Communities.

Leaders of the subprojects selected in the first call for proposals of DGM Brazil - Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Brazilian Cerrado’s Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas and Traditional Communities will participate in the activity. It will also have the contribution of representatives of the brazilian Ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), Conservation International (CI), Fundo Amazônia, among other agencies and entities.

Learn more about the agenda here!

Source: DGM Brazil


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Happy International Day of Rural Women!

Yesterday, the DGM celebrated the International Day of Rural Women, a holiday first observed by the United Nations on October 15, 2008 to recognize "the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty."

In all of its activities, the DGM promotes the full engagement of rural women in order to ensure more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive results. At the global level, this includes inviting representatives of indigenous women's groups to participate in DGM exchanges and encouraging them to share their unique perspectives with other key members of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) around the world. In the first year of DGM exchanges, approximately 29% of the IPLC leaders who participated were female, and the DGM Global project will be working to increase this percentage in future years.

While the DGM country projects each have requirements to consider the roles of women and to promote equitable participation in and benefits from project activities, they are each free to do so in whatever ways are appropriate to each project and national context. As a result, the DGM has the opportunity to evaluate a variety of strategies for gender inclusion.

 A woman from a DGM beneficiary community in Burkina Faso learning to vaccinate chickens, an activity traditionally done by men. Photo Credit: DGM Burkina Faso

A woman from a DGM beneficiary community in Burkina Faso learning to vaccinate chickens, an activity traditionally done by men.
Photo Credit: DGM Burkina Faso

At this early stage, one of the best examples comes from DGM Burkina Faso. In its first call for IPLC-led subproject proposals, DGM Burkina Faso included several specific references to the importance of gender integration and even made "Gender Approach and Level of Community Engagement" a major component in its proposal evaluation process. Partly because of this, 8 of the project's 14 approved subprojects are led by women. One of these, the "project for the improvement and diversification of community production and revenue", which is being implemented by members of the Association for the Promotion of Health and Agricultural Techniques (APSATA) is supporting sustainable and inclusive activities for revenue generation. The revenue from this project will be used to finance and support a local women's group to begin pig farming, and APSATA is now training women to vaccinate chickens. DGM Burkina Faso values the role of rural women in ensuring equitable and sustainable livelihoods.

Rural women are critical to the success of the DGM and continued efforts to preserve forests and stop climate change. The DGM will continue to promote their full and effective participation in these efforts and to share their perspectives and priorities with the broader international community throughout the project cycle.

Announcing the 2nd Annual DGM Global Exchange!

As part of the Global Project, the Global Executing Agency will annually host three regional exchanges (in Africa, Asia, and Latin America) and one global exchange for indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) to exchange their knowledge and experiences around climate change, forestry, and REDD+.

The DGM Global Executing Agency is organizing the second DGM Global Exchange on IPLC engagement in Climate Policy.  This workshop will take place from Wednesday, November 1 to Friday, November 3, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The exchange will include the participation of 15 prominent indigenous leaders actively engaged in climate action and UNFCCC negotiations.

The main objective of the DGM Global Exchange is to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to fully and effectively participate in COP23 UNFCCC negotiations.


  • Status of UNFCCC negotiations
  • Key elements of the Paris Agreement
  • Overview of Nationally Determined Contributions
  • Status of the Local communities and indigenous peoples platform
  • Overview of proposals on the purpose, content and structure of the platform


  • The Role of non-state actors in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • Good practices to help ensure the full participation of all actors in refining their NDCs.
  • IPLC lead activities contributing to Nationally Determined Contributions.
  • Recommendations to negotiators in preparation of IPLC Platform SBSTA47 agenda item.
  • Dialogue with negotiators in preparation for COP23.


 The DGM Delegation meeting during COP21 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Nov 2016. 

The DGM Delegation meeting during COP21 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Nov 2016.